The demolition of the Denver Broncos by the Seattle Seahawks was a masterpiece of ferocious defense. Denver’s golden boy quarterback Peyton Manning set a Super Bowl record for completed passes (34 of 49) but even with the help of receiver Demaryius Thomas (who himself caught a record 13 passes for 118 yards in gains) Manning could not, but once, break through Seattle’s arm-locked defensive line.
For you, what were the most exciting moments in the game?
Most of the suspense and drama were in the first half. Three times Seattle’s quarterback Russell Wilson drove the team close to the end zone without success, until finally a penalty against Denver edged them near enough for a one-yard run that even a baby could have made. Wilson’s 18 of 25 passes and 206 yards were decent but the truly thrilling moments were an interception and touchdown run by Seattle’s Malcolm Smith, and then third quarter kickoff return by Seattle’s Percy Harvin. A guy who’d played in only two games all season ran 87 yards for a touchdown that made Denver look like a high school team.
Good game, even if after a while the outcome felt like a foregone conclusion.
So here’s a question for you. The game provided plenty of drama. Up to a point, anyway, it kept us interested, even entertained. But what was it in the overall broadcast that most moved your heart, the football game or the TV commercials?
Oh, the commercials! Remember the sad puppy in the Budweiser ad? Or the cancer survivor and her husband in the Chevy ad? How about Ellen Degeneres as Red Riding Hood dancing with wolves and bears? So fun! And, aw, the kid of the mixed race couple negotiating with her dad for a puppy? (Score points for Cheerios.) Or the Honda hugfest?
The three-hour game gave us drama, but what tugged at our hearts and filled us with joy were thirty second commercials. Think about it. Can a half-a-minute TV ads really move us more profoundly than a football Game of Thrones? [Read more…]