CBS play-by-play male Jim Nantz called it “a angel story ending” for Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. That said, Super Bowl 50 didn’t accurately make for enthralling television.
Denver’s 24-10 feat over a Carolina Panthers on Sunday was a penalty- and mistake-filled clunker that competence have been unwatchable yet a few nonsensical commercials and a rousing halftime uncover to keep us engaged.
At slightest a Bay Area hold adult a finish of a bargain. El Nino was a no-show, a continue was ideal and a sky, as Nantz pointed, out was embellished “a shining blue.” At kickoff, a camera-ready Levi’s Stadium looked positively radiant.
Denver Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning (18) is surrounded by a media after winning a Super Bowl 50 during Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016. (Josie Lepe/Bay Area News Group) ( Josie Lepe )
Meanwhile, CBS sprinkled so many beautiful shots of Bay Area locales — mostly San Francisco, of march — via a promote that a TV screen, during times, looked like a palatable post card. If usually we could freeze-frame a view and send it to sceptical friends and family in cold-weather states.
Too bad a pretension strife was emptied of torment shortly after halftime. By then, it became apparent that a miserly Broncos invulnerability was usually too most for Cam Newton and a Panthers to handle. The lead never altered hands. There was no spectacle quip to be had. You could usually clarity millions of TV viewers opposite a nation branch into a garland of grouch potatoes.
Of course, there were a commercials. As usual, Madison Avenue pulled out all a stops to daunt us, enthuse us and make us laugh, yet with usually churned results. Sunday’s collection of big-budget ads featured a bit of all — from singing sheep and big-name celebrities, to Dachshunds in hot-dog costumes and a appalling hybrid quadruped called “puppymonkeybaby” (A good large “ew” to Mountain Dew for that one).
The halftime uncover once again was epic, even yet Bruno Mars and Beyonce predictably upstaged a headlining act, Coldplay. And Lady Gaga, clad in a sparkly red pantsuit, reminded everybody that she has some vital pipes during her delivery of a inhabitant anthem.
Nantz, Simms and a CBS promote group achieved adequately, notwithstanding not carrying most to work with. Simms rightly likely that a initial group to 24 would win. They, commendably, didn’t omit — nor dwell on — a steroid accusations that have stubborn Manning. And they justifiably criticized Newton for displaying a miss of bid to redeem his possess fail in a fourth quarter.
CBS did, however, knowledge a teenager hiccup in a initial entertain when a network’s beleaguered manners analyst, Mike Carey, pronounced a Newton pass to Jerricho Cotchery that was called deficient on a margin should be topsy-turvy to a locate during examination process. Carey had been underneath glow for a series of “wrong” calls and he again was targeted with amicable media ridicule when a call wasn’t topsy-turvy by replay officials.
When it was all over, confetti rained down on what was now Peyton’s Place, and CBS sideline contributor Tracy Wolfson asked Manning a doubt we knew indispensable to be asked, yet wouldn’t be answered: Is this a finish for a destiny hall-of-fame quarterback?
“I’ll take some time to reflect. we have some other priorities. we wish to go lick my mother and kids first,” he replied. “I’m gonna splash a lot of Budweiser tonight, Tracy. we guarantee we that.”
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