While for many, Super Bowl LI was all about witnessing the clash between the high-powered Atlanta Falcons offense, and the impeccably disciplined New England Patriots…. the rest of us really just showed up for what happens between the downs.
Here are the 17 best commercials that went big for the big game.
1. Audi, “#DriveProgress”
It was hard to give a tearjerker the top spot, but this one just hit our hearts in exactly the right way. Images of a boxcar-racing daughter paired with voiceover messages of gender equality cruises definitely made us feel the hardest.
2. Buick, Starring Cam Newton and Miranda Kerr
“The Super Bowl and the Super Bowl ads are such a big part of American culture,” Miranda Kerr told ET of appearing in this spot with NFL star Cam Newton, explaining that she signed on because the ad sounded “cute and fun.”
And we agree! Cute and fun is the perfect way to describe this ad, which is really what a good Super Bowl commercial is all about.
3. T-Mobile, Starring Justin Bieber and Terrell Owens
Justin wanted a Super Bowl commercial, and he got one! Plus, any ad campaign that draws the “Purpose” singer back to Instagram is top five in our books.
A mini-action movie featuring Wonder Woman and frequent badass Jason Statham kicking major butt was a welcome reprieve from the NFC and AFC champions battling it out.
10. Kia Nero, “Hero’s Journey” Starring Melissa McCarthy
This would honestly be higher, were it not for the fact that bad things happening to the amazing Melissa McCarthy is something that makes us kinda sad.
11. Budweiser, “Born the Hard Way”
Budweiser’s no stranger to the Super Bowl ad game, and this year, they had probably their most interesting take to date. There were no cute puppies (sadly), and the Clydesdales only have a brief cameo, but the immigrant Budweiser origin story made for a captivating watch all the same.
12. Lexus LC, “Man and Machine”
It’s all just good dancing, and cool, techy fun, and there’s no shame in Lexus knowing that’s all they needed for their Super Bowl spot.
At the risk of giving the New England Patriots quarterback a commercial break advantage, the idea of giving menial real-life sweeping play-by-play edits is a fun one to mess around with.
14. Busch, “BUSCHHHHHH”
Yes, it’s so very dumb. But sometimes dumb just works, as this spot is clearly looking to join the Budweiser frogs or “Whusaaaaa?” in the upper echelon of pop culture referentiability.
15. Bai, Starring Justin Timberlake and Christopher Walken
Deep down, we always knew Christopher Walken was an *NSYNC fan. The 73-year-old actor joins Justin Timberlake to lend his Walken-esque delivery to the pop group’s classic hit, “Bye, Bye Bye.”
16. Nintendo Switch
A simple ad that wins us over on the fact that it clearly demonstrates the versatility of Nintendo’s new console, and gives us more than a welcome sneak peek of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
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Jessica Simpson Is Sexy in 'Fifty Shades of Pink' on Valentine's Day Date With Eric Johnson: Pics!
Jessica Simpson brought the romance to her Valentine’s Day celebration with husband Eric Johnson!
The 36-year-old fashion mogul Instagrammed a pic of her and her man celebrating the holiday on Tuesday, matching in pink. Jessica rocked a smoky eye look and a pink fur coat, while Eric looked handsome in a pink button-up shirt.
“#Monucka #urbandictionary #fiftyshadesofpink,” Jessica joked, referring to the Urban Dictionary meaning of “monucka,” which is defined as “a person that is ridiculous, absurd, and outlandish.”
A post shared by Jessica Simpson (@jessicasimpson) on Feb 14, 2017 at 5:33pm PST
This isn’t the first time Jessica has revealed herself to be a big Fifty Shades of Grey fan. On Valentine’s Day two years ago, she and Eric recreated the erotic romance on Instagram with a few steamy black and white shots.
“#FIFTYSHADESOFJOHNSON,” Jessica wrote at the time.
30 days of bonnie bennett - day 01 the episode you began to care about this character: 1x03 friday night bites
okay now i’m terrible with words but i’ll try my best to explain this one. I’ve loved bonnie since episode 1 but i didn’t ‘click’ i guess you can say with her until this episode. this scene in particular. through out this episode you see her kind of confused and dealing with whats going on with her and her traits of being loyal and a good friend are put more on display during the scene when she tells elena what she felt when she touched him. she cares and wants her to know somethings not right. okay anyway back to this scene. the fear in her eyes when she sees the blood, then the numbers. its not only fear but a mix of realization or definite certainty that something was happening to her and her face i just got the feeling of 'oh baby, no'because i hated seeing her that way. after that, i just started caring so much for her and it led to where i am today when it comes to her.
30 days of bonnie bennett - day 02 favorite witchy/magical moment so far: emily posesses bonnie and destroys the amulet in 1x09 history repeating
ugh this one was so hard for me. i had so many choices and ultimately i chose this scene because 1) eventhough technically its emily, this is my favorite bonnie scene and my favorite s1 episode and 2) it was amazingly done in my opinion. the cinematography, the colors, the effects, everything. besides storm!bennett in season 2, this is my all time favorite scene containing magic.