For most fans, the action on the TV screen is now only a small part of watching a game. Smartphones have made it so easy to stay connected and get information that they've become essential to the game day experience. Before you head over to your teammate's house to watch the Giants and Patriots square off in Super Bowl XLVI, make sure to download these apps. You'll be the life of the party.
Party: Whether you're hosting a party or just in charge of food, it pays to download a couple of party food apps. If you're going to be spending time in the kitchen, check out recipe apps like the ones from Better Homes and Gardens or Allrecipes.com. They offer new twists on classic tailgating recipes. If you prefer the easy way, the Domino's Pizza USA app lets you order off of the entire Domino's menu while lounging on the couch.
Game: Game apps make watching the plays more fun, even when you're not actually watching the plays. NFL Photo Booth lets you combine pics of friends and favorite players for easy jokes during commercials. The SB XLVI Guide is the next best thing to being in Indianapolis, with plenty of real-time social media buzz from NFL Huddle. And, of course, if you want to play out the game Sunday morning, or you're not feeling Madonna during halftime, there's always Madden NFL 12.
Stats: If you're watching the game with teammates, chances are good that a stats battle will break out. If so, make sure you have the ESPN ScoreCenter app handy to ensure victory. And instead of questioning Bill Belichick's decision to call a QB sneak on fourth and one, you can play through the scenario yourself with Football Dilemmas. It will give you the best choice statistically.
Ads: Super Bowls and splashy ads go together like nachos and cheese. To instantly replay the best commercials throughout the game, try the Super Ads: Super Bowl Commercials app. Many companies, like Chevy, have announced their own apps for trivia, contests and extra promotions during the game that may be worth downloading.
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