5 Apps for Sunday’s Big Football Game
If you’re like everyone else, you’re planning on watching the biggest football game of the year on your TV. After you pull out your Giants or Pats jerseys (no smack talk here), place your bets and grab your jumbo foam finger, you’ll want to make the most of the game-day experience, and these smartphone apps can help you do just that.
Whether you’re looking for up-to-the-minute play coverage while making a fridge run, a replay of the best commercials of the day, or you just plain need to order a pizza, we’ve got you and your fellow football fans covered. These Android and iPhone apps are made for game day.
Don’t fight it: You’re watching the biggest NFL game of the year, so the NFL Mobile app is a necessity on this American sports holiday.
We’ve commended this football app before for its up-to-date football news coverage, game stats and live streaming. And now, for the first time, NFL and NBC are partnering to offer you live streaming of the NFL’s biggest game of the year on your smartphone—if you’re a Verizon Wireless customer, that is. Hopefully you are, and you can take this app with you during any unexpected errands so you don’t miss a second of the big game. (Free for Android and iPhone)
Here’s another reason (as if you need one) to be excited for the big game’s commercials: prizes!
During the game, whip out the first-ever Chevy Game Time app to answer trivia about the live game and its Chevrolet commercials. By answering the questions, you enter for a chance to win one of 20 Chevy vehicles or one of thousands of other prizes.
Once you answer a question, the Chevy Game Time app will provide you with your own “unique plate ID,” which looks like a license plate. You’re then supposed to keep an eye out (don’t blink!) for your license plate to appear in one of the Chevy commercials during the bowl game. If you see it, you win. (Free for Android and iPhone)
Here’s a fun photo app to play with while you’re in between eating chips and screaming at the television screen. NFL Photo Booth allows you to insert pictures of popular pro football players into your photos—choose from 160 different NFL players, or five players per team.
In addition to placing Tom Brady or Eli Manning (depending on your team) in your image, you can also adorn the people in your photo with NFL jerseys, helmets and other accessories. Football flare! (Free for iPhone)
The popular name-that-song music app is getting a major (awesome) upgrade. In time for the most anticipated commercials of the year, Shazam boasts Shazam for TV™, an ad-recognition and brand-engagement tool. But trust us—it’s cooler than it sounds.
Shazam for TV launched in 2010, and since then has worked out its kinks. Shazam has partnered with popular brands such as Procter and Gamble and Honda to create advertising campaigns that offer customers a unique brand-customer interaction. This year, many anticipated commercials are becoming “Shazamable,” including about a third of the ads during this year’s big football game, according to Adweek.
Basically, you watch a commercial, the Shazam app recognizes the sounds or logo on the screen, then directs you to a second-screen experience with the brand where, often times, you’re participating in some sort of contest or giveaway. And we like free stuff. (Free to $4.99 for Android and iPhone)
You can’t enjoy a football game without some good ol’, artery-clogging food. (That probably wasn’t the best way to preface this app, but you can’t deny the facts.)
Nutrition aside, pizza is a mainstay at football parties. (At our football parties, anyway.) And who wants to cook a pie while company is over? Delivery please! Popular pizza joints like Papa John’s Pizza are offering mobile apps to make the ordering process easier.
Instead of finding a quiet room to place your order amidst your rowdy friends’ game-time cheers, you can simply place your order on your phone. The Papa John’s Pizza app, for instance, allows pizza lovers to find a Papa John’s location, browse the chain’s menu and special offers, and then quickly pay for orders.
As far as pizza goes, Papa Johns is at the low end of the food chain, but if you’re sitting on your friend’s couch taking heat for not bringing any food to the party, a quick and sly order via the app might just save your neck. (Free for Android and iPhone)