With an ad costing about $3.5 million per 30 seconds, the stakes were high as advertisers pulled out all their tricks to wow viewers on Super Bowl Sunday. To review the most talked about ads, guest host Jacki Lyden hears from Tampa Bay Times TV and media critic Eric Deggans, and Detroit News TV critic and writer Mekeisha Madden Toby. They also discuss Madonna's halftime show performance.
And speaking of the Super Bowl, did you catch the obscene gesture by singer M.I.A. during the halftime show? We missed it, but so did the person with a finger on the button that would have blurred the offending finger on TV.
The New York Giants came back with a last-minute score to beat the New England Patriots 21-17 Sunday night for New York's fourth Super Bowl title. It was a rematch of the 2008 NFL championship, when Eli Manning led New York past New England to ruin the Patriots' bid for a perfect season.
The Super Bowl game Sunday between the New York Giants and New England Patriots is just one part of a week full of events. Thousand of corporate executives are in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl — both the game and some big-league schmoozing.
In football, defense wins championships, or so the saying goes. That hasn't been true recently. In fact, both teams in Sunday's Super Bowl, the Giants and the Patriots, featured less-than-stout defenses through the season. NPR's Mike Pesca has some possible reasons why.
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