Super Bowl LIV Was Awesome: Here’s Why

Nick Crafa, Contributor

Super Bowl LIV was anything but boring. The game was close and thrilling, the halftime show was exciting, and for the most part, the commercials were hilarious. The Kansas City Chiefs walked away with the win after coming back from the San Francisco 49ers’ ten point lead in the fourth quarter. It seems fitting that the Chiefs, Chiefs, who haven’t been the victors of a Super Bowl since 1969, were finally able to hold up the Vince Lomabardi trophy to a crowd of roaring fans.
The Game
The 3rd Quarter ended with the 49ers leading 20-10. 15 minutes was plenty of time for the Chiefs to come back, but it wasn’t going to be easy for the Chiefs’ offense and the 49ers’ defense. At this point, the game could have gone either way, considering that the 49ers defense had limited the Chiefs to only 10 points in the past three quarters. It became clear, however, that the 49ers’ defense had lost steam, as the Chiefs kept driving up the field.
The turning point of the game came when Patrick Mahomes, star quarterback of the Chiefs and MVP of the Super Bowl, threw a 16-yard pass to wide receiver Tyreek Hill, who caught the ball against his chest and the ground. Although the Chiefs hustled to get the next play into action, the 49ers threw the challenge flag, and the play was recalled. This left the Chiefs with a 3rd and 15, a play necessary for them to make if there was to be any chance of them winning the game. This time Mahomes threw a 44-yard pass to Hill. Hill caught the ball which gave the Chiefs a decent shot at winning the game. The Chiefs went on to score three touchdowns during the 4th quarter, leaving the 49ers scoreless, and securing Kansas City’s win.

The Halftime Show
After the mixed reviews last year’s performance (featuring Maroon 5, Travis Scott, and Big Boi) received, the NFL made the right decision when they announced Shakira and J. Lo would be performing at Super Bowl LIV. Most of the audience was blown away by the dancing and singing during the show. Twitter exploded, with some fans calling Shakira the real MVP of the game, and others commending J. Lo for holding up the Puerto Rican Flag during her performance.
Despite this positive energy, others found the show to be objectifying due to “inappropriate” dancing by both performers. Some parents felt that the show was not appropriate for their kids to be watching, especially with the NFL pushing football to be a family friendly event. One Twitter user wrote, “I am embarrassed for my kids to watch this halftime show… stripper poles, crotch, and rear end shots…. no dignity.”
Although the half-time show did receive some negative criticism, it will likely be remembered as one of the better Super Bowl halftime shows.

Los Angeles Times

The Commercials
Super Bowl commercials are said to be the best ads of the year. With a 30 second ad starting at $5.6 million this year, it’s no wonder why only the best commercials are aired. There was a wide variety of commercials this year, however, common themes included female empowerment, politics, patriotism, and of course, humor. USA Today released a poll in which viewers ranked all 62 ads shown during the game. The top ranked ad was Jeep’s “Groundhog Day” ad, in which a much older Bill Murray relives the same day with his new Jeep Gladiator, and his Groundhog buddy . Other top ranked ads included Hyundai’s “Smaht Pahk”, Google’s “Loretta”, and Doritos’, “The Cool Ranch”.