10 apps you’ll need to survive Super Bowl Sunday

Whether you're trying to get into the sport or getting dragged unwillingly to a party by friends and loved ones, here's some guidance on what apps can help non-football fans get through Super Bowl XLVIII

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Look, some of us just don’t like football, OK?!

We get it – some of you just can’t get excited about the Super Bowl. We hear you. (We really haven’t been the same since the Patriots lost that last one.) But it’s like a national holiday, for heaven’s sake, so the odds are good that you’re going to get dragged in front of a TV to watch it anyway. Armed with a smartphone, however, you can pass the time more quickly and pleasantly. Here are the apps you’ll need.

GrubHub
Play Store

GrubHub

At a Super Bowl party, the person that orders the wings always fits in, even if he or she doesn’t know the difference between Richard Sherman and a Sherman tank. Have your food just taps away with GrubHub or a similar food delivery app.

Sporting News Pro Football
Play Store

Sporting News Pro Football

While there’s an official NFL scores and stats app available for both Android and iOS, we find the Android version, at least, to be clunky and unpleasant to use. If you want quick stats, news and background info to figure out what the hell everyone’s talking about, the Sporting News’ Pro Football app might be a good idea.

NFL Homegating
Google Play

NFL Homegating

It’s food! It’s football! It’s foodball! This app is an impressive blend of recipe book, social planner and football scheduler, so you can either grab it to help with your first Super Bowl party or avoid it like crazy if you don’t want anyone to invite you.

Hailo (or similar)
App Store

Hailo (or similar)

Let’s face it – where there’s a Super Bowl party, there’s generally booze, along with endless reasons to have some. “We won!” “We lost!” “I lost that stupid prop bet on penalty yards!” So to make sure everybody gets home safe, grab a cab-hailing app like Hailo (or opt for Uber or Lyft, if you like that sort of thing).

Temple Run 2
Play Store

Temple Run 2

Even if you’re trying to follow along, some just find football kind of boring. A sneaky round or two of Temple Run should entertain and amuse while everyone’s watching the refs review that play for the 58,092,614th time.

Super Stickman Golf 2
Play Store

Super Stickman Golf 2

By the same token, Super Stickman Golf can also be a great way to surreptitiously while away the hours during which you would otherwise have to watch the Super Bowl. Make sure to look up once in a while to make sure everyone hasn’t gone home yet – this is a very addictive game.

Remote Control (IR blaster-equipped phones only!)
Play Store

Remote Control (IR blaster-equipped phones only!)

If you have a phone equipped with an IR blaster, like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 or HTC One, you can help everyone out by muting the commercials quickly and easily. Alternatively, if you really hate football and don’t care about having any friends, you can continually change the channel or turn the TV off or something.

Evernote Food
App Store

Evernote Food

And if the game isn’t holding your attention, you could at least take the opportunity to dive into the snacks while everyone’s attention is elsewhere. Should you happen across a particularly delicious plate of wings or something, make sure to note it down in a handy app like Evernote Food.

Official Seahawks
App Store

Official Seahawks

If you’ve given up on losing yourself in the food or irritating your friends or just playing games, you may as well have some handy factoids about the NFC champion Seattle Seahawks, their penalty-happy hard-nosed defense and teeny little superguy quarterback Russell Wilson. The official team app has you covered.

Official Broncos
App Store

Official Broncos

And of course, if you’re going to learn about the Seahawks, you might as well learn about the AFC champion Broncos, as well. Quarterback Peyton Manning you probably know as a commercial staple, but what about his talented receiving corps, which includes Wes Welker and Demaryius Thomas?