This time last year, I wrote about sporting heartbreak, and how when your team lose, it is an absolute crushing blow. This season however, my San Francisco 49ers have managed to make it to the Superbowl for the first time in eighteen years, and with just hours to go, I'm an absolute nervous wreck.

We play the Baltimore Ravens at the Louisiana Superdome in just a few hours, and there are so many stories to be told. Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers rookie quarterback, who starts his tenth game for the franchise and is on course to take his team to the trophy. Ray Lewis, one of the greatest players to have ever played in the NFL, who will retire after the Superbowl, and is on ourse to take his team to the trophy. Jim and John Harbaugh, brothers in arms, Head Coaches at the 49ers and the Ravens respectively, who become the first brothers to coach two teams to the Superbowl. There's a lot riding on tonight.

The Superbowl is one of the biggest sporting moments on television each and every year. This year's broadcaster, CBS, are charging $4m per 30-second advertisement on the network, the most the Bowl has ever seen. Here in the UK, the game is shown on both the BBC and Sky - and pulls in a good couple of million viewers every year, despite the post-midnight kick-off.

The Bowl itself, alongside the NFL, are gaining more and more UK viewers. Both the UK-based International Series games in 2013 are already sold out, one of which involves the 49ers. The games are growing, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has suggested a UK-based franchise may not be too far from becoming a reality.

Usually, the Superbowl tends to be an NFL aficionado's dream - the aim for your franchise, but by the end of it all, it's a game to watch, laugh, enjoy and spend with friends and fellow fans. This season has been a big coup for the UK broadcasters, and it continues to grow.

If, like many, you're watching the Superbowl for the first time, brush up on some rules with the NFL's guide. If, however, you already know the rules, but haven't caught up on the season, here goes nothing in the space of a short paragraph...

The 49ers have had an unbelievable season in the NFC West, finishing what was started under Harbaugh's debut season last year. The Draft didn't work out too well for the Niners, but the discovery of quarterback Colin Kaepernick has reignited the season, formed a new 'mobile' kind of quarterback, and the running QB has forced the Niners on one better than last season.

The Ravens have had an almost-identical season, going one better than last season and reaching the Bowl. With former owner Art Modell dying early on in pre-season, the team were given something to aim for, and Ray Lewis, the last member of the pre-relocation 1996 roster, announcing his retirement, there was something else to go for.

In reality, this game will be all about offense vs. defense. An unbelievably good 49ers offense, and a top Ravens defense. There's everything to play for, and it really is too close to call.

I hope to God my team win tonight. If not, expect a very snotty, aggressive post at some point this week. If we do it and win, it's going to be very special.

Enjoy the game. Let's hope for a Quest for Six.

You can come and say hello on Twitter - I'm @AdamMillsUK. You can also let me know your thoughts via the comments box below!

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