On Sunday February 5th, Millions of eyes were focused on the NRG stadium in Houston, Texas. The Falcons and Patriots went head to head with one thing on their minds, that super bowl trophy. Super bowl 51 was one to remember on and off the field! Here are the most memorable moments from this year's super bowl.
George and Barbara Bush's moving coin toss moment
Super bowl 51 started with an emotional coin toss. The oldest living president, George Bush, was wheeled out in a wheel chair by a member of the military while Barbara was driven out by a golf cart. George Bush is extremely loved by the state of Texas. Considering he was in the hospital fighting pneumonia a week ago, many were shocked to see him coming out onto the field. Their appearance and love for their country struck the hearts of super bowl viewers everywhere.
Lady Gaga's triumphant halftime performance
Lady Gaga gave America something that it needed, a performance promoting unity. While drones lit up the sky, the Grammy winning powerhouse began her performance on top of the NRG stadium singing “God Bless America” and “This Land is Our Land”. According to CNN.com, Gaga “concluded her emotional intro by quoting from the Pledge of Allegiance: “One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” with a clear emphasis on the “for all” part.” After her emotional start, Gaga leaped into the stadium and performed her many chart topping hits. These hits included “Just Dance”, “Poker Face”, “Telephone”, and “Bad Romance”. She also promoted diversity through the selection of her multi-ethnic back up dancers. All of this to say, Gaga did not disappoint and gave the country a much needed pick-me-up.
One of the best catches in history by Julian Edelman
It was 1st & 10th with 2:23 minutes left in the 4th quarter when Tom Brady's pass landed in the arms of Julian Edelman. In the moment, nobody knew what had happened or who had caught the ball. Thanks to replay, the millions of eyes watching were left in disbelief at seeing one of the most amazing catches in football history. Tom Brady's pass was tipped by Robert Alford. After the ball being tipped, Julian Edelman made the leap for the ball along with the Falcon's Allen and Neal. The replay showed Edelman catching the ball that hovered the ground by a mere couple of inches. This catch propelled the Patriots to their win. Tom Brady was just as amazed as everyone else saying, “It was one of the greatest catches I've ever seen. I don't know how the hell he caught it.” The Patriot's win was one of the greatest comebacks in super bowl history.
Every year, companies spend millions to get their commercial spot during the super bowl. Some of the best commercials included:
Honda's celebrity filled “Yearbooks”
Kia's Hero Journey with Melissa McCarthy
Budweiser's immigrant tale “Born the Hard Way”
Audi's girl power “Daughter” commercial
and Adam Driver's Snickers Commercial
From the emotional moments of the Bush family and Lady Gaga to the Triumphant catch from Edelman, Super bowl 51 is one that will not be forgotten.