Beyonce, Oreos, Clydesdales and, Oh Yeah, the Game! GigMasters’ Super Bowl Recap

Posted by Drew Stoga on February 4, 2013

Last night over 100 million people around the world tuned in to watch the Super Bowl. Whether you were rooting for the Baltimore Ravens, the San Francisco 49ers or a Beyonce wardrobe malfunction, there was a lot to like about Super Bowl 47. Here's my quick recap and grading of the game, the commercials, the halftime show and thirty minutes of darkness in New Orleans.

Ravens Super Bowl CelebrationThe Game
The Super Bowl is both the biggest sporting event and the biggest TV event of the year. But that doesn't always add up to a great game. For a good part of last night it looked like the Ravens were going to run away with a blowout win. The 49ers went into halftime down 21-6. When the Ravens’ opened the second half with a 108 yard kickoff, it looked like the route was on.

Then the lights went out and everything changed (more on that in a minute). When play finally resumed the 49ers answered with a flurry of quick scores and came seven yards away from a win. In the end the Ravens’ defense held tight and Baltimore won 34-31. Thankfully we got an exciting finish to a game that looked like it was over shortly after halftime.
Grade: A –

The Blackout
It’s still not completely clear why, but, with almost a full half of football to be played, New Orleans’ Mercedes Benz Superdome went dark - at least half of it did. It took 34 minutes to get the lights back on. Even CBS’ broadcast booth lost power, leaving us with no announcers to explain what was happening. It was pretty boring but it gave me a chance to stuff more nachos in my face.
Grade: B+

The Ads
In my opinion, the most impressive thing that happened during the blackout was an on-the-fly Twitter ad put together by the folks at Oreo. Read the story behind the only ad of the night that referenced the blackout and check it out below: Oreo Blackout Ad I thought Oreo also had the best commercial of the night with “Whisper Fight.” But, according to USA TODAY, that honor went to Budweiser’s Clydesdale ad. Watch the commercial below and you be the judge. I think the audience is more likely to grab a Kleenex than a beer after watching this one.

Honorable mention goes to Volkswagen and Taco Bell.
Grade: A-

The Halftime Show
Enough about cookies and horses and football, let’s get to the halftime show. Love her or hate her, you have to admit that Beyonce lit up the Superdome. A lot of people have joked that it was her halftime show, complete with a fireworks-shooting guitar and a Destiny’s Child reunion, was what caused the blackout. It doesn't really seem that far-fetched to me. Check out Beyonce’s show below:

While Beyonce’s music isn’t exactly my cup of tea, her show seemed to go over really well with most viewers. She might not be the best singer in the game but she certainly has some impressive moves.
Grade: B

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But that’s just my opinion! Leave a comment below to let us know what you thought of Beyonce, the ads and, oh yeah, that football game.

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