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Tune in to the to the Discovery Channel on Sunday, February 2, 2020 as Puppy Bowl XVI is televised at 3PM ET on a super special episode of Animal Planet!

This year's big game features over 70 puppies from rescue organizations located across the nation.

If that isn't enough, the Puppy Bowl usually begins with a "tail" gate pregame show at 2PM ET before the main event kicks off at 3 PM ET / 12PM PT. And, of course, you'll definitely want to stick around for the Kitty Half-Time Show (it's the cat's meow!).

2020 Puppy Bowl starting lineup

Meanwhile, here's a look at just some of the canine cuteness featured in the 2020 Puppy Bowl :

2020 puppy bowl puppies

Top row: 19 week old Starla, 14 week old Crumpet, and 13 week old Kingery.
Bottom row: 14 week old Rooster, 18 week old Sadie, and 18 week old Strudel.

All about the Puppy Bowl

First begun in 2005 as an alternative to the action-packed Super Bowl football game, the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet always manages to score high in the ratings.

Today, the Puppy Bowl has become the "other big game" for families across the US, and the centerpiece for afternoon fun for kids of all ages at Super Bowl parties from coast to coast.

What makes the Puppy Bowl so darned cute? Simple. Take dozens of the most beautiful puppies found anywhere, put them through their paces on a faux football gridiron, then let them run around looking totally adorable. Score!

DID YOU KNOW? Puppy Bowl fun facts & trivia

• Although the human Super Bowl is played live, the Puppy Bowl is pre-taped in New York over two days in October, then later edited for major game highlights.

Pupp Bowl cleanup crew
Members of the cleanup crew strike a pose
during a break in filming the Puppy Bowl.

• Bunny cheerleaders were first added to the show in 2010, but other cute critters have cheered from the sidelines since then: chickens (2011), piglets (2012) hedgehogs (2013), penguins (2014), dwarf goats (2015), chickens (again, in 2016), rabbits and guinea pigs (2017) and a squad of ducklings, piglets, and bunnies (2018).

• Every year, it's always 'safety first' during filming. Every 30 minutes puppies are given a break from the lights and the 21 cameras that cover the action. A veterinarian is also on hand, together with representatives of the Human Society and each of the shelters whose dogs have been chosen to enter the Puppy Bowl field.

• Of course, when puppies can't wait to go potty "accidents" sometimes happen. So a cleanup crew is always on hand to keep the field pristine during filming.

• 2014 was a landmark year for the Puppy Bowl. A record 13.5 million viewers tuned in, making it the day's second most watched program after the 2014 Super Bowl. The 2014 game also happen to feature an introduction by First Lady Michelle Obama, along with the game's first "Fantasy Puppy League".

More about the Puppy Bowl around the Web:

Around the Web, find out more about the Puppy Bowl with related resources to more pictures and eye candy, related videos and information on the dog-goned-est display of puppy cuteness anywhere ....

2020 Puppy Bowl - The official site featuring the full schedule, TV broadcasts, photos and video recaps, along with related tips on pet care and feeding.

Puppy Bowl - Wikipedia - The complete wrap-up with a detailed history, fun facts, and information with related links and resources.

Top Ten Puppy Bowl Moments - More adorableness from the The FW with their all-time video lineup.

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