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February 02, 2012|Leonor Vivanco, RedEye

Watching the Super Bowl on TV is sooo old school. Now more than ever, there are virtual ways to enjoy the big game. Here are a few notable ones.

Mouse trap

Watch the Super Bowl with a click of the mouse. For the first time, the game will be streamed online at nbcsports.com and nfl.com. More camera angles, high-definition video, game highlights, live stats and replays will be featured.

There's an app for that

Verizon customers can download the free NFL Mobile app, which will stream the big game on smartphones for the first time. The app, available at iTunes and Android Marketplace, gives real-time scores, sends text alerts and plays live audio of the game. A $3 fee applies to phone owners without Verizon Wireless 4G LTE smartphones.

Commercial central

Fans can watch, rate and share commercials in the USA Today Facebook Super Bowl Ad Meter, a new partnership this year for USA Today and Facebook. YouTube and Hulu offer similar options with their AdBlitz and AdZone operations.

Be social

Follow former and current football players active on Twitter for colorful game commentary: former Bears cornerback Jerry Azumah (@jerryazumah), Bears kicker Robbie Gould (@robbiegould09) and former Bears safety Chris Harris (@chrisharrisnfl) are just a few to consider.

Mad about football

"Madden NFL," the EA Sports video game, has correctly picked the Super Bowl winner in six of the past eight years in simulated games. This year the computer picked the Giants over the Patriots, 27-24.

lvivanco@tribune.com | @lvivanco

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