Despite having the lowest ratings of any Super Bowl game ever, the big game and the all-around bad halftime show and commercials are generating conversations. The Super Bowl LIII had the Los Angeles Rams fans devastated when the New England Patriots won with a final score of 13 to 3, a score no one could’ve predicted. The game was played at Mercedes-Benz stadium in Atlanta, Georgia. With seven minutes remaining in the game, Tom Brady completed a 29-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski to put the Patriots in the red-zone for the first time in the day. On the next play rookie running back, Sony Michel, ran for a two-yard touchdown to put the Patriots in the lead 10-3. The Rams started to drive down the field when the quarterback, Jared Goff, threw an interception to Stephon Gilmore to give the ball back to the Patriots. On their final drive, the Patriots handed the ball off to Sony Michel, again, and helped set up Stephen Gostkowski for a 41-yard field goal to seal the deal at 13-3, making this their 6th win at the Super Bowl and tying them for the most Super Bowl wins for an NFL Football team.
For the Rams, this loss was hit with mass disappointment. They won against the Patriots 17 years prior in 2002 at the Super Bowl XXXVI and obviously couldn’t do it again. The team’s head coach, Sean McVay, told reporters to blame him for the loss. After an all-in season throughout 2018, it heightens the disappointment of the mediocre score at the championships.
Many people only watch the Super Bowl every year for the commercials and the halftime show. This year was disappointing for both aspects. The advertisements had no lasting effects and were stale, to say the least. The commercials seemed to drag, and the performance Maroon 5 left many people saying “that was bland, a big yawn, and not with any excitement.” Though the Maroon 5 selection as the performance was far down the artists desired list, the show has been met with much controversy as lead singer Adam Levine removed shirt and shirt and finished bare-chested. It’s safe to say Maroon 5 probably won’t be back for next year’s halftime show.
Some people were confused when the beloved childhood sea sponge popped up on the screen during the halftime show. Starting back in November 2018, a petition was started on Change.org to play the song Sweet Victory from the television series Spongebob Squarepants in honor of the late Stephen Hillenburg, the creator of the favorite childhood show. Fans were thrilled to see him honored at the biggest television event of the year.
Hillenburg died on November 26, 2018, due to complications with ALS. Over 1.2 million people signed the petition leading to the clip played during Maroon 5’s performance to introduce Travis Scott’s entrance from, what seemed like, a fireball performing his hit song Sicko Mode.
Congratulations to the Patriots on their 6th win in the Super Bowl! We wish the Rams luck for next year’s Super Bowl.