In case you missed it, the Super Bowl was yesterday. If you prefer ruffhousing, you probably turned on the Puppy Bowl.
We learned yesterday that defense wins championships. That, and the fact that the City of Denver is going to have an influx of babies born in nine months.
Lady Gaga slayed it as did Denver's defense.
The LNG Team
Super Bowl 50
- Denver won with a final score of 24-10 in a lackluster Super Bowl
- #1 defense (Broncos) stifled the #1 offense (Panthers)
- Panthers were heavily favored going into the game but Broncos closed out the season beating two huge favorites (Patriots & Panthers).
- The turf was less than ideal. Players we’re slipping and sliding all over like a foam party.
- Denver's defense sacked Panthers quarterback Cam Newton six times and forced four turnovers.
- Broncos' defense held the Panthers to their lowest point total of the year.
- Broncos' offense was not impressive either, only gaining 194 total yards (fewest ever by Super Bowl winning team).
- Peyton Manning won his second Super Bowl. He did not answer retirement questions but he did share said he’s going to drink a lot of Budweiser after the game.
- The MVP of the game was Broncos linebacker Von Miller who had 2.5 sacks and forced two fumbles, one of which resulted in a touchdown. He also said he wants to be a chicken farmer when he retires. Seems reasonable.
- To say that Lady Gaga rocked the National Anthem is an understatement. (Although we thought the Super Bowl would have been a perfect occasion for her to once again break out the meat dress). Her performance drew rave reviews throughout the world. Two snaps.
- The reviews on halftime were mixed. The Queen B (Beyoncé) didn’t really add much to the show. Coldplay came out strong and were entertaining but the show lacked the normal fireworks and flare that a Super Bowl halftime show has. Bruno Mars stole the show with his dance moves and a little Uptown Funk.
- The votes are in and according to our team of experts here are some the best and worst commercials are:
- NFL: Super Bowl Babies – A melodic and humorous ad, featuring Seal, highlighting the rise in birth rates in the winning city nine months after the Super Bowl.
- Kia: First Date – The always hilarious Kevin Hart stalks his daughter on a date.
- Pantene: Strong Is Beautiful – The commercial is great but do yourself a favor and watch the highlights of the making of the commercial online. Daddy’s girls.
- MINI USA: Defy Labels – A celebrity packed ad touting that the new Mini shouldn’t be labeled.
- Heinz: Meet the Ketchups – How do you screw up an ad that starts with a herd of wiener dogs dressed like hot dogs? It can be done.
- Pokemon: Train On – Pokemon is 20. Yay says no one. All we got out of that ad is feeling like we’re old. What’s next? Pogs?
- Mountain Dew: PuppyMonkeyBaby - Personally we thought this was one of the weirdest ads. It was showcasing three great things combined into one – just like Mountain Dew’s new drink. Critics seem to love this commercial but we’ll be having nightmares about a PuppyMonkeyBaby for years to come.
You can catch all of the ads here.
In other NFL News
- Honorable. During the NFL Honors Saturday, the top awards for the season were announced.
- Defensive Player of the Year- J.J. Watt, Houston Texans
- Comeback Player of the Year- Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs (he came back from battling lymphoma)
- Offensive Rookie of the Year- Todd Gurley, St. Louis Rams
- Defensive Rookie of the Year- Marcus Peters, Kansas City Chiefs
- Coach of the Year- Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers
- League MVP- Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers
- Walter Payton Man of the Year Award – Anquan Boldin, San Francisco 49ers (an award for community outreach. He made a great speech).
- Report to class. The new class of the NFL Hall of Fame Inductees were also announced on Saturday night. The new class is led by quarterback Brett Farve. They will be formally inducted on August 6th.
- Peace out. Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (age 29) subtly announces his retirement with an emoji and a photo via twitter. Lynch has reportedly not spent any of his contract money he earned during his nine year career. He has lived strictly on money earned from endorsements.