Every Super Bowl is different, we know this. Some games are incredibly epic, some are kind of boring until the end, some become a blowout, and some have half times with wardrobe malfunctions. Not every game will have a Philly Philly or a helmet catch, but you can always find something worthwhile in the circus that is the Super Bowl. Here are our top 10 things to like about Super Bowl 54:
10. As Will Smith once sang, “welcome to miaaaami” where we had a week of celebrity/athlete sightings at beach parties and nightclub events. Miami was the place to be and it was fun to see who would turn up where, like Bill Belichick at Gronk’s beach party:
Bill Belichick pulled up to Gronk Beach to party this weekend 🌞— Def Pen Sports (@DefPenSports) February 2, 2020
(📸 via gronkbeach / IG) pic.twitter.com/GSU1vcOtW6
9. The NFL honored Kobe Bryant at the Super Bowl with a moment of silence and a beautiful gesture:
Both Super Bowl squads and their coaches took time out of their pregame routines to line up should-to-shoulder along their respective 24-yard-lines in honor of NBA great Kobe Bryant, who wore No. 24 for most of his career with the Los Angeles Lakers https://t.co/RSNkJZ8HmW— CNN (@CNN) February 2, 2020
8. The play that changed the game. Clutch players make plays as Patrick Mahomes hits Tyreek Hill for a long gain on 3rd down to take back the momentum this time for good:
The Super Bowl in 2 plays— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) February 3, 2020
Mahomes does a Madden video game move, takes a huge dropback and chucks it almost 60 yards downfield on 3rd and 15 to save the game.
(Unclear what SF’s secondary is doing on this one but man…)pic.twitter.com/R1cCllOekR
7. A sign of the times, tweets were literally falling from the sky…
6. We all knew this was going to be awkward if they ended up losing…but weren’t we all John Lynch? Shanahan once again placing himself directly in the line of fire after another Super Bowl collapse, more on that later.
John Lynch, like the rest of us, thinks Kyle Shanahan should’ve used a timeout.pic.twitter.com/IyHBj0a3Fr— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) February 3, 2020
5. The commercials. The commercials almost always underwhelm but I was mildly entertained if we’re being honest.
Hands down best ad of #SuperBowlLIV. Quite possibly best super bowl ad of all time. A good reminder – you can never watch the movie #GroundhogDay too many times. I could watch #PunxsutawneyPhil & #BillMurray for days.pic.twitter.com/0JhM1ZT3Pk— Daniel Krauthammer (@dkrauthammer) February 3, 2020
And it wouldn’t be a Super Bowl without someone or some group of people getting outraged, but this was the real controversy of my night:
One line and a table flip? That’s it!?
4. History was made by someone other than Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid:
3. The halftime show. Where do we begin?? Shakira and Jennifer Lopez LIT up the stage, dancing, singing, playing instruments, making political statements, and J.Lo even sang with her daughter! The choreography was insane, the stage design, lighting, and visual elements were equally stunning. If you weren’t entertained and if you were offended, please go elsewhere because these ladies absolutely crushed this performance. Queen appreciating queen:
2. At the end of this Super Bowl two legacies were cemented, the first:
Poor Kyle Shanahan pic.twitter.com/jdVdtWqz18— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) February 3, 2020
1. The second, Andy Reid finally winning his first Super Bowl be it with 2 timeouts and ending with a 4th and 26. The story could not have been written any better. The sports world just suffered an immense loss in Kobe Bryant, and it was so fitting and oddly poetic that another national treasure, Andy Reid, wins his first and long deserved Super Bowl a week later. Nothing unites us like rooting for the good guy. Congratulations to Andy Reid and the KC Chiefs. Check out some of the people who couldn’t wait to congratulate Big Red:
First, Andy’s former organization and home for 14 years, the Philadelphia Eagles, posted this classy message:
Time's yours, Andy. pic.twitter.com/aEiv5qiZNp— Philadelphia Eagles (@Eagles) February 3, 2020
Former player and Eagle favorite Jason Kelce was supporting his brother Travis and his old coach:
He hates Donovan, but he loves Andy:
CONGRATS TO MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE COACH ANDY REID ON YOUR 1ST SUPER BOWL WIN!! YOU DESERVED IT! CONGRATS @CHIEFS! Super Bowl LIV Champs— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) February 3, 2020
Happy as hell for the big guy Andy Reid!! Congrats Coach!!! 👏🏾🙏🏾— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 3, 2020
And as with most current events, Chris Long said it best:
I think even twitter has to be happy for Andy— Chris Long (@JOEL9ONE) February 3, 2020
Time’s Yours, Andy!