Super Bowl LIII turned out to be a snooze fest. If you like long touchdowns, exciting plays, and high scoring games, well, this game wasn’t for you. A total of three points was scored in the first half and only 16 combined points in the entire game making Super Bowl LIII the lowest scoring Super Bowl in NFL history. Neither Tom Brady nor Jared Goff could even connect with a receiver for a touchdown. The only touchdown in the game came on a two yard run by Sony Michele.
At least I could count on the commercials, right? Wrong. Either my sense of humor has changed throughout the years or commercials have gotten worse and worse. Enough with the negativity though, I’m here to give you the top three moments from the big game.
1. NFL 100 Commercial
As a whole, the Super Bowl commercials weren’t great. Not many gave me a good laugh or were overall memorable. Even the Budweiser commercial disappointed me this year, and that’s the one I always look forward to the most.
The NFL 100 spot happened to be my favorite of the night. It featured fresh stars like Patrick Mahomes and Odell Beckham Jr., with appearances from newly added Hall of Famers like Ed Reed and Tony Gonzalez, plus legends Joe Montana and Emmitt Smith. It even included professional gamer Ninja and viral YouTube sensation Sam Gordon.
2. SpongeBob Halftime Show Appearance
Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi didn’t give us the best halftime show ever, but at least they recognized who could. It doesn’t get better than SpongeBob singing “Sweet Victory” with Patrick on the drums. Rapper Travis Scott gave a small tribute to the season two episode before performing Sicko Mode during the halftime show.
Would I have rather watched more than five seconds of the cartoon halftime show? Obviously, but I loved the tribute to the creator of SpongeBob, Stephen Hillenburg, who passed away last November.
Hey, something from the actual game!
Usually long touchdowns, great catches, and hard hits grab my attention for best plays of the game, but special teams play gave us a show since neither offense was able to do so.
Punters are typically aiming to down punts anywhere inside the 20 yard-line, but both Johnny Hekker and Ryan Allen were looking to do even better. Hekker downed punts at the 8, 2, and 12-yard-line while Allen was able to down some punts at the 6, 2, and 7-yard-line.
On top of that, Hekker recorded the longest punt in Super Bowl history with a 65-yard punt. The previous recorded was actually held by Allen, who punted a ball 64 yards in Super Bowl XLIX.
Special teams impressed many during the Super Bowl, and others, like me, were disappointed to find that punters can’t be voted for to win Super Bowl MVP.