For football fans, Super Bowl wasn’t exactly the right name for the Seattle Seahawk’s 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos last night.
“Mediocre bowl,” “lackluster bowl” or “blowout bowl” may have been a more appropriate for the game in which Peyton Manning’s team totally got it handed to them at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.
Luckily, there was some entertainment during last night’s game—thanks to the performers and the commercials.
However—much like the game itself—the commercials were pretty extreme. There were some incredible ads, and some that left us scratching our heads.
Check out our picks for the best—and the worst—of last night’s Super Bowl ads!
The Ads That Had Us Drooling, Crying, Laughing and Wanting More:
“A Hero’s Welcome” – Budweiser
Okay, do we really have to talk about why this was one of the best ads of this year’s Super Bowl? Any ad that’s able to evoke enough emotion to make you shed real tears during the game has our vote.
“Slow Bark” – CarMax
In case you missed it, puppies totally dominated this year’s super weekend—take, for example, the popularity of the Puppy Bowl or the success of the Budweiser puppy. Noting this, CarMax decided to recreate their original ad, “Slow Clap,” using puppies. Obviously, this made it much better.
“#Covered or #Uncovered?” – H&M
David Beckham. In his underwear. Do we really need to explain why we were drooling during this one?
“The Spill” – Dannon Oikos Greek Yogurt
Ahh, the much-anticipated reunion of the Full House guys—John Stamos, Bob Saget and Dave Coulier—may not have lived up to everyone’s expectations, but it featured all three guys together, comic relief and John Stamos in his boxers… all in 30 seconds. Needless to say, we’re satisfied.
“Puppy Love” – Budweiser
This one, which was released ahead of the game, featured an adorable puppy. Please see above to see how we feel about puppies.
“The Call” – Radio Shack
Radio Shack totally nailed it, by not only making us laugh in their limited time slot, but also by relying on nostalgia—one of the most popular themes this year—in the best way possible! The more Alf in our lives, the better.
“Gracie” – Cheerios
Last year, Cheerios received a lot of flack for featuring an interracial couple in one of their commercials. As a big “screw you!” to the haters, the cereal company decided to bring back the family—and even add a new addition!
The Ads That Had Us Cringing:
Bob Dylan For Chrysler
Don’t get us wrong, we love Bob Dylan and think that Chrysler’s ode to America/Detroit is brilliant, we just don’t quit think they belong together. We hate to say it, but it almost makes him look like a sell-out.
“Sorry, Coke and Pepsi” – SodaStream
Scarlett Johansson’s spot for SodaStream got a lot of attention before the game—with accusations that it was too controversial. When it aired, however, it just seemed to fall flat—no pun intended (okay… pun a little intended).
Ellen Degeneres For Beats Music
We love Ellen Degeneres. We love her dancing. We love Beats. We love Goldilocks… but all together, it just seemed out of place and like a strange fit.
“Kiss For Peace” – Axe Body Spray
Maybe we’re just old, but we don’t get this ad at all… Like don’t get us wrong—world peace is an awesome goal and a great message, but body spray just seems like an odd way to go about achieving it.
“Delivery” – M&Ms
A little background—before this ad was aired, there was a teaser clip circulating that featured the lovable yellow peanut M&M twerking before being kidnapped. The teaser clip got us pretty excited for the actual ad… but it when it came time for the actual spot, it fell just short.
“The Truth” – Kia
Hey Morpheus… long time, no see! The Matrix Revolutions—the most recent in the Matrix franchice came out more than a decade ago in 2003. While it doesn’t seem old enough for us to be nostalgic about it (oh, please say it hasn’t been long enough for us to be nostalgic… we’re old)—it just seems dated. Better luck next time, Laurence Fishburne.
“Wings” – Volkswagen
There are a lot of things we like about the commercial, and we can admit that it’s a cute idea. But then again, there are a few things that just left us confused and disappointed. Why did we need a visual representation of “rainbows coming out their butts”? Where are all the lady engineers, VW!?
What were your favorite ads of the 2014 Super Bowl!?