Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks, Patriots and sharks?

By Sports & Health Reporter

Super Bowl XLIX went down in history Feb. 1 with a record-breaking 114.4 million viewers tuning in to see some good old-fashioned football,  highly-anticipated commercials and compelling halftime entertainment. 

The New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks played some valiant football, but the Seahawks could not pull through (in the fourth quarter) due to what is quickly becoming known as one of the worst calls in Super Bowl history.

Seattle was down by four points, leaving running back Marshawn Lynch running the ball to the half-yard line with a minute left in the game. Most football fans know the next play call: Run the ball, again. Instead, quarterback Russell Wilson passed the ball with an interception right into the hands of New England cornerback Malcolm Butler. Game over. 

The Pats won 28-24 and fans instantly took to social media with #worstcallever. Former professional football player Emmitt Smith said on Twitter on Feb. 1 that it was the worst play he has seen in NFL history. Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens tweeted, “That play will haunt Pete [Carroll] for the rest of his life.”

NBC commentator Cris Collinsworth said, “You’ve got Marshawn Lynch, who is borderline unstoppable in this area of the field. I will never get over throwing the ball in that situation.”

So, what were the Seahawks thinking? Whatever it was, it definitely cost them the Super Bowl.

Thank goodness there was a break in the nail-biting game to enjoy some good Pepsi-sponsored entertainment. This year, pop star Katy Perry hosted the halftime show with special cameo appearances by Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott.

Perry opened the show with her hit “Roar” while riding into Phoenix’s Glendale Stadium on a giant mechanical lion. Although Perry was a “firework,” the outlandishness of the performances and cheesy outfits had fans giggling. 

Mechanical lions, dancing sharks, shooting stars and Perry’s flamed outfit caused a stir with thousands of people tweeting about the singer’s performance.

According to Twitter, World Wrestling Entertainment said, “Thank you Katy Perry for your salute to @WWE Legend Bam Bam Bigelow!”

Other viewers compared her outfits to a bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos, a Hot Dog on a Stick, Pokémon’s Magmar and Will Ferrell’s fiery one-piece from “Blades of Glory.” 

Though everyone loves a good dancing shark, perhaps Perry could have taken the route of a Super Bowl halftime show legend, such as Beyoncé’s performance two years ago.

Perry’s performance was pretty solid, but Missy Elliott was the halftime “Hail Mary.” The 43-year-old singer was looking fly with her sleek ponytail, huge hooped earrings and rockin’ leather baseball cap. Elliott captured the viewers with her medley of “Get Your Freak On,” “Work It” and “Control.”  

Perry and Kravitz’s awkward grinding to “I Kissed a Girl” had viewers gawking at what an odd pair they were. Even Kravitz’s own daughter posted an image on Instagram of Perry’s booty rubbing up against her famed papa and a shot of herself from the “Divergent” films looking confused with the word “Dad?” on it.

Now, onto a Super Bowl fan favorite: the commercials. Once again, Budweiser captured viewers with a heartfelt commercial about a lost puppy that ventures his way back home to his Budweiser Clydesdale buddies. It made you feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Snickers played on “The Brady Brunch” and had fans rolling with laughter with Danny Trejo as Marsha and Steve Buscemi as Jan. Seeing beloved villain Trejo holding a machete while freaking out on Mike and Carol was priceless. The pair added a wonderful twist to one of the most beloved families in TV history.

This year’s commercials toned down the skimp and sleaze, replacing it with startling ads and serious messages.

For instance, the NFL’s “No More” campaign drew attention to domestic violence with a real 9-1-1 call from a victim who pretends to order a pizza while her attacker is still in the room. This chilling ad instantly silenced me mid-nacho bite. The solemn commercial left an impact and brought attention to a relevant issue.

Nationwide insurance also provided viewers with a sobering ad about a young boy’s journey. The boy states in the ad, “I will never learn to ride a bike or get cooties. I will never learn to fly or travel the world with my best friend.” The boy later deadpans, “I could not grow up because I died from an accident.”

Nationwide gets an F for taking the commercial too far.  What was once an upbeat place full of cheering fans turned into a depressing one full of Debbie Downers.

Maybe next year’s advertisers will stick to the consistent lineup of commercials centered on puppies, wings, beer and chips.

Overall, Super Bowl XLIX was a success. It kept viewers entertained, and isn’t that the whole point?