Editors' pick: Originally published Feb. 3.
It's a battle of the top-ranked offense versus the top-ranked defense, as the Atlanta Falcons take on the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 51. If Matt Ryan taking on Tom Brady and Dan Quinn trying to out coach Bill Belichick wasn't enough for you, there's plenty more to keep you interested.
If you're lucky enough to be in Houston, or even at the big game itself, it can be tough to know where to go or what to do. Houston is a big city, at 627 square miles. Events are being held all over town, even if the game is at NRG Stadium. And if you're at home on the couch, you'll want to be able to get rapid additional info that takes you beyond the TV screen.
Here are five apps from Apple's (AAPL - Get Report) App Store that you can download to make your Super Bowl 51 experience more enjoyable, and let you and your friends enjoy watching Brady, Belichick, Bennett and the rest of the Patriots try to win their fifth Super Bowl ring.
The official NFL app has everything you'll need.
If you're a Verizon cellular subscriber, you can watch Super Bowl 51 live, plus a slew of other videos and highlights.
Even if you're not a Verizon customer, you can still use the app to get up-to-the-minute scoring, in-game highlights, big play markers and more. Even if you're not a fan of the Patriots and Falcons, you can get plenty of news on all of the other 30 NFL teams.
If you're installing the free app on an iPad or your Apple TV, there are added bonuses.
On an iPad, you can get access to the NFL Network 24/7/365 and NFL RedZone channels if you subscribe to cable companies like AT&T U-verse, Charter, Cox, DirecTV, Dish, Optimum, Verizon FiOS and others.
For Apple TV users, you can watch highlights or replays of each regular season game, go back and watch games from 2012-2016 and watch past Super Bowls on demand using the app.
If you're lucky enough to be in Houston for the game, then Super Bowl LI Houston - Fan Mobile Pass is the ultimate companion app.
With the free app, you can get a QR code (NFL Fan Mobile Pass) to check into events after registering. You can also use the NFL Fan Mobile Pass to collect badges, videos and photos and win some prizes.
The app also has a map and schedule to find out what is happening and where it's happening. With Houston being a bigger city than most, this feature is a must-have.
• Attractions & Events: Details about NFL Experience Driven by Genesis, Super Bowl LIVE, Super Bowl Opening Night Fueled by Gatorade and Super Bowl LI.
• Location-based Alerts: Fans can stay up-to-date with real-time alerts of activities around the area.
Before you sit down to watch the games and eat a few snacks, download the NFL PLAY 60 app from the American Heart Association to get the blood pumping.
The endless runner game actually has you run, jump and turn, which in turn lets your character do the same (you have to hold the device to do this). When you move, your character moves, it's that simple.
You can earn coins to buy NFL team gear and get power-ups and see how many yards you've run, challenge friends and more.
Who doesn't love emojis?
Thanks to this free app, you can add customized emojis and stickers for all 32 NFL teams (including the Patriots and Falcons) when you're texting your friends or talking smack about how their team isn't in the Super Bowl.
Whether you're sending an iMessage, email or posting to Facebook or Twitter, select the NFL keyboard the app adds to your iPhone and select which emoji you want.
Nothing says watching football like playing a little Madden beforehand.
EA's (EA - Get Report) biggest franchise ever is getting a little love from the App Store before the Patriots take on the Falcons on Sunday. Given the game is expected to be a high-scoring affair, video-game numbers are sure to be a key theme on Sunday.
The game, which has over 350 upgrades to last year's edition, finally lets QBs scramble out of the pocket and has classic mini-games in Live Events, as well as a deeper offensive and defensive playbook.
While the app itself is free, there are in-app purchases for Madden Cash to help build your franchise and lead it to glory.