How to follow along with the Super Bowl on iPhone and iPad

Super Bowl XLVII is just around the corner and this year we'll be witnessing the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers go head to head. If for some reason you won't be able to catch the entire game live in front of your television set, there are tons of apps available in the App Store that can help you keep up play by play straight from your iPhone or iPad no matter where you are or what you're doing.

So if you want to make sure you're kept up to date with scores, plays, and more, follow along for some app suggestions that'll help you do just that.

Official Super Bowl XLVII Guide

Whether you're in the area or just want to keep up with what's going on, Official Super Bowl XLVII Guide can help you do just that. It's the official app for this year's Super Bowl event and is sponsored by Verizon Wireless.

The Official Super Bowl XLVII Guide is designed for both iPhone and iPad so regardless what device you're on, it's available. Features include points of interest around the game itself, push notifications to stay up to date with things going on, and calendar alerts for events going on that you can add directly from the map.

NFL '12

NFL '12 is the official NFL app for the entire 2012 season. The layout and design is very simliar to that of the Official Super Bowl XLVII Guide app but doesn't just center around one event. If you're interested in checking other scores or viewing stats on either the Ravens or the 49ers pre Super Bowl, NFL '12 is probably a safer bet.

Outside of push notifications and the ability to keep up with games, you'll also get pre-game previews and analysis. Just like the Official Super Bowl XLVII Guide app, it's designed for both iPhone and iPad. The iPad version of NFL '12 also features video clips.


SportStream is a little different than standard sports news apps but that may not be a bad thing. Nowadays a lot of us keep up with news and happenings with our favorite social services such as Twitter. It basically aggregates all the Twitter news about your favorite teams and games all in one place.

Not only does SportStream support the Super Bowl but all NFL teams as well as many other sports. While you can always create lists and notifications within Twitter, for the price of free you can't beat the simplicity and easy of use that SportStream offers.

ESPN Radio

Perhaps you want to listen instead of watch the game or you won't be able to watch from where you're at. The ESPN Radio app is a free download and covers highlights of games and has listen live features for free. You can even download past broadcasts while on Wi-Fi for on demand listening even when you don't have a cellular or Wi-Fi connection.

They do have a disclaimer that for large events, content may not be live or always up to date so you may experience a delay with content with such a large event as the Super Bowl. If you aren't concerned with play by play action and video coverage, ESPN Radio is a decent choice. It's also designed for both iPhone and iPad.

NFL Mobile

NFL Mobile, just like the Official Super Bowl XLVII Guide, is sponsored by Verizon Wireless. While the official Super Bowl app only covers that particular event, NFL Mobile covers many NFL events and games.

The only down side is to watch live, you'll need to be a premium subscriber through Verizon Wireless. This means if you've got another carrier, you won't be able to access live coverage.

If you aren't too concerned with the live coverage and just want news updates and information that helps you follow along with what's going on live, NFL Mobile is one of the better laid out apps that provides this content. NFL Mobile is designed for both iPhone and iPad as a universal download as well.

Your favorites?

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