Gridirongirl's Guide to Super Bowl Sunday~ Football, Recipes, and Fun!

The time has finally arrived! It’s time to get your party on! Even if you aren’t the biggest football fan (although we at gridirongirl think you should be), you can still enjoy all that Super Bowl has to offer! It’s a great excuse to gather up your friends and have a cheer on your team (or whichever team looks the best in their uniforms). To get you ready for the big day, we’ve gathered up gridirongirl’s favorite party games and recipes…and of coarse we’ve prepared your game-watching guide! Got Kids? We have a few things for them as well!

Read on, enjoy, and DON’T forget to share this with all those ladies in your life!

TOUCHDOWN TACO CASSEROLE– by GG’s Erica Anderson

*I double this recipe so it fills up a 13×9 casserole dish. Otherwise it fills a 2-quart casserole dish.

1 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef (you can also use ground chicken or turkey)

1 can (15 to 16 oz) spicy chili beans in sauce, undrained

1 cup Thick ‘n Chunky salsa

2 cups coarsely broken tortilla chips

1/2 cup of sour cream (I use however much it takes to layer)

4 medium green onions, sliced (1/4 cup)

1 medium tomato, chopped (3/4 cup)

1 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese (4 oz)

Tortilla chips, if desired

Shredded lettuce, if desired

Additional Thick ‘n Chunky salsa, if desired

Heat oven to 350 degrees. Cook meat in skillet over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain. Stir in beans and 1 cup of salsa. Heat to boiling, stirring occasionally.

Place broken tortilla chips in bottom of ungreased casserole dish (2 qt if undoubled, 13×9 if doubled). Top with meat mixture. Spread and cover with sour cream. Top with onions, tomatoes, and cheese. Bake uncovered 20 to 30 minutes or until hot and cheese is melted. Arrange tortilla chips around edge of casserole. Serve with lettuce and salsa and if you like olives. Enjoy!!

CHEESY CRAB DIP WITH SOURDOUGH– by GG’s Nichole Brown

San Francisco, the home of the 49ers is also known for its delicious sourdough bread- our inspiration for this recipe

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, Softened

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup sour cream

1 garlic clove, pressed

1 can crab meat

1 cup shredded jack cheese

1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions

1/2 lemon

1 teaspoon hot sauce

1 loaf fresh sourdough bread, sliced

Pre heat oven to 350. Combine cream cheese and mayonnaise and garlic in a mixing bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Add to a baking dish and bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown around the edges. Serve with warm, or toasted, sourdough bread.

GO “TEAM” PIZZAS

Makes two pizzas- one for each team.

2 refrigerated pizza crusts

4 cups mozzarella cheese, grated

2 cups pizza sauce

Toppings of choice

Preheat oven to 425. Roll out each pizza into a circle and place on pizza pan/stone. Add 1 cup of sauce to each pizza. Sprinkle 1-2 cups of cheese onto each pizza. Add desired toppings onto each pizza, spelling “9ers” on one and “Ravens” on the other. Be Creative!

AVOCADO AND BACON QUESADILLA-by GG’s Aimee Dickson

6 large flour tortillas

3 cups shredded cheese (Mexican blend or cheddar)

1 avocado, sliced

1 cup crumbled bacon

Preheat your pan or grill to medium-high heat, spray with cooking spray. Place one tortilla in the pan or on the grill and heat it for about one minute. Spread 1/2 cup of the cheese on the tortilla. Layer the avocado over the cheese and sprinkle on the bacon. Sprinkle another ½ cup of cheese over top. Top with another tortilla and cook, flipping occasionally, until both sides are crispy and the cheese is melted. Cut in Triangles and serve with salsa and sour cream. Or, serve with Tapatio-Lime Sour Cream (mix sour cream with lime juice and Tapatio hot sauce to taste, adding a splash of milk to thin it if desired).

For more recipe ideas, check out Gridirongirl’s Tailgating Recipes

No Super Bowl party is complete without some good ol’ fashion party games! We’ve compiled some fun games for both the young and mature! Don’t see anything that suits your fancy? Check out Gridirongirl’s other Game Day Party Ideas!

       COMMERCIAL BINGO

Print out the following Template: http://www.print-bingo.com/

In each box write the name of a product likely to be advertised during the big game. When each commercial airs. Hint- make sure make each card a bit different Don’t worry, we’ve done the research for you…Here are some of the few products you’ll be seeing this year: Doritos, Budweiser, Coors Light, Pepsi, Coca-cola, Go Daddy, Afflack, Hyundai.

BEER/WINE GUESSING GAME (FOR THE ADULTS)

SODA/JUICE GUESSING GAME (FOR THE KIDS)

Line up plastic cups, filled with different beer/wine/soda, on the counter. Line up original beverage containers nearby, in a different order. Have guests guess which beverage they are drinking.

MY PLAYER’S BETTER THAN YOUR PLAYER

Write the name of star players from each team on separate pieces of paper and place in a basket or bowl. Have guests draw a name as they arrive. Get several small prizes and attach labels with the following: First Touchdown, First QB Sack, First Passing Touchdown, Most Tackles Completed, etc. When a player performs one of those actions, the guest holding the name of the player wins the prize labeled with the action.

FOR THE KIDS

 

COOKIE STATION

Bake cut out sugar cookies ahead of time, in the shape of footballs and/or helmets. Prepare colored frosting (Red, Gold/Yellow, White and Purple). Throw in some sprinkles and you have yourself a cookie station that will keep the kids busy and happy! As an added bonus, you can serve as a half-time dessert!

SUPER BOWL WORD SEARCH

Follow this link to make your own word search with football terms (Kicker, Touchdown, Quarterback, Referee, Pass, Catch, Goal Post, etc.)  in about 2 minutes…literally! Just print a few on lay on a kids table with some crayons or markers. To make it even more fun, you can award a prize to the child who finishes first!

PIN THE FOOTBALL ON THE QUARTERBACK/END ZONE

Hang a green poster board and draw a quarterback. Cut out brown paper footballs with tape on the back. The rest is self-explanatory (We hope).

 

It’s NOT Called the Harbowl! It’s Super Bowl XLVII – That’s Super Bowl 47 to You Non-Romans!

The Super Bowl is bittersweet. Sweet because it’s the championship and even sweeter if your team is in it. Bitter, because it’s the last game of the NFL season. Every Super Bowl has its big stories the media likes to talk about- the sad, poignant tales of the players and coaches. Personally, I think it gets obnoxious. But I’m easily annoyed, so don’t mind me.

The big story this year is that the coaches are brothers. This the first time brothers have coached against each other in the Super Bowl. How weird would it be to face your sibling in a big game like this? Would you be trying to get in their head since you know them so well? Or would you simply plan your game and not worry about your brother? Oh the questions! Jim and John Harbaugh are the sons to Jack Harbuagh, a former player and coach. Jack Harbaugh played 1 season in the AFL for the Titans of NY and also coached at various universities.

Here’s a little background on the coaches for you trivia nerds (I’m a big trivia nerd!), for those of you who aren’t bear with me. John Harbaugh is the oldest by a year. He played football at Miami University as a defensive back. He worked his way up the coaching ranks until he was hired at the Eagles in 1998. Andy Reid retained John and 3 other assistant coaches when he took over the Eagles in 1999. He stayed with the Eagles until January of 2008 when he was named as the head coach of the Baltimore Ravens. He has taken the Ravens to the postseason every year since he took over the team. I’m not a huge fan of the Harbuaghs, but that’s impressive.

All of us in the Pac-10/Pac-12 remember Jim Harbuagh because he was coaching a Stanford team that was good. He had Andrew Luck, who quickly rose to stardom with his playing ability. Before coaching, he was a QB for Michigan and ended up being the 26th pick in round 1 of the NFL draft where he was chosen by the Chicago Bears. Eventually, he would play for the Colts, the Ravens, and finally the Chargers. He led the Colts to an AFC Championship game and was selected for the Pro Bowl. Various coaching positions included QB coach for the Raiders, head coach for U of San Diego. He then coached at Stanford from 2007-2010, leading them to 2 bowl berths, before signing a 5-year deal to coach the 49ers. Like I said, I’m not the Harbaughs biggest fans, but Jim led the 49ers to the NFC Championship game in his first year! Unfortunately, they lost to the Giants. Now, in his 2nd year with the team, he has taken them all the way to the Big Stage. Pretty impressive family huh? They’re basically the Mannings of coaching.

Ok, so coaching backgrounds are done and I’ve lured you all in. Well either that or I’ve put you to sleep. WAKE UP! We have a game to analyze and a Stats lesson to get to. It’s time to outsmart all those men at the party….

Let’s talk offense! San Francisco doesn’t have the greatest passing offense- they are ranked 23rd with an average of 206 yards a game. Not stellar. Their running game however is a different story- they are ranked 4th in the league with an average of 155 yards a game. Very stellar. The Ravens are pretty balanced when it comes to passing and rushing. Their passing yards are about 233 yards a game and ranked 15th, while their rushing is 118 yards a game and ranked 11th in the league. Not outrageous great numbers, but it shows consistency. This is good for the Ravens, it means that if the 49ers shutdown passing or rushing, they can rely on the other and be ok. We all saw though how the 49ers relied on passing a lot more in the NFC Championship, and they won.

Now let’s talk defense! San Francisco has a stellar defense. They are ranked 2nd in points allowed with 17. That’s huge! They are ranked 3rd in yards allowed with 294, and ranked 4th in both passing and rushing yards allowed with 200 (passing) and 94 (rushing) yards allowed per game. Those are some excellent stats, but like we know in a game like the Super Bowl, sometimes stats don’t matter. The Ravens’ stats are pretty good, but not as on paper impressive like the 49ers. I will tell you this though, regardless of their stats, they have an excellent defense, they manage to get it done every time. So here are their stats: ranked 10th in points allowed with 24 almost 25 per game, ranked 16th with 352 total yards allowed, 15th in passing yards allowed with 233, and 11th in rushing allowed with 118.

So you’re probably wondering why I just spewed all of that information to you so I’ll let you in on the method to my madness. All of those stats point to how a team has performed consistently throughout the year. You can’t look at just one game and know how the team operates. These stats are a good indication of what we can expect in a general sense.

QB Keys to a win: Joe Flacco has to and I mean has to have a perfect game. No INTs, no fumbles, and he needs to be careful of those deep balls he’s so fond of throwing. The 49ers defense is going to see it coming and going to quickly try to stop it. Colin Kaepernick will also need to have a perfect game. Turnovers are the death of any football team. Ray Lewis is going to be looking at getting to Kaepernick any chance he can. Kaepernick needs to make quick decisions in the pocket and hope is O Line is perfect on Sunday.

SF Key Players: Aldon Smith is an outside linebacker with 66 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 1 int. You better believe he’s looking at Joe Flacco and looking to give that guy a bad day.

Frank Gore is one powerful running back. He isn’t the fastest guy on the field but he’s a definite threat to the Raven’s defense. He had 258 carries for 1,214 yards and 8 TDs this year. He saw plenty of action in the game against the Falcons and it looked like Atlanta didn’t know what to do with him.

Michael Crabtree is an impressive wide receiver. If Kaepernick can’t run the ball then this is the guy you want to get the ball. He had 85 receptions for 1,105 yards and 9 TDs. Vernon Davis is another great option if the Ravens stop Kaepernick from running. He’s a great TE.

Ravens Key Players: Ray Rice had 257 carries for 1,143 yards and 9 TDs. He’s fast too, he runs a 4.4 40. He’s important because if the 49ers shutdown Flacco’s deep pass they will have to rely a lot more on Rice to get them the yards (and TDs) they need.

Torrey Smith is amazing. He’s a wide receiver that makes these catches you think are impossible. He’s also very fast! He runs a 4.4 40. That means that once he gets the ball and he has a moderately clear field in front of him, he’s gone and probably for a TD. Anquan Boldin adds more depth to the Ravens passing game. He’s a reliable receiver and sometimes those consistent guys are the scariest.

Ray Lewis is a good linebacker, but what makes him a key in this game is how bad he wants this win. It’s his last game as he is retiring at the end. Anybody who wants something that badly is dangerous on the field.

Haloti Ngata is a dynamic DE for the Ravens. He has 51 tackles and 5 sacks and he is going to be focusing all of skills on Kaepernick and anybody else that has the ball.

So hopefully you aren’t completely bored right now. It’s going to be a great game! I won’t predict or choose a winner because I’m really bad at it. It is in my vast (try not to laugh) experience that regardless of stats or skill that the team that wants it the most is the team that usually ends up winning.

Have fun watching the game, eating your snacks, partying (safely) with all your friends and family! For Gridirongirls, this is basically Thanksgiving revisited! I’ll definitely want to hear from our readers about your Super Bowl experience. You can tweet me @PatsFanGirl12 or Gridirongirl directly @gridirongirlorg. We would love to see pictures of food, game day outfits, and the whole enchilada!

Happy Super Bowl!

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