Super Bowl LIV was both the best super bowl and the worst super bowl in NFL history. The game was played in Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida, the home of the Miami dolphins. It was the 11th Super Bowl ever to be played in Miami, surpassing the city of New Orleans, Louisiana which has hosted 10. The game was a matchup between the San Francisco 49ers, the number one seed in the National Football Conference, versus the number two seed in the American Football Conference, the Kansas City Chiefs. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira were the halftime performers, along with guest performers Bad Bunny and J Balvin.
The game itself was indisputably one of the most competitive Super Bowl games of the past few years, as the two teams battled back and forth throughout all four quarters. Both teams scored only one touchdown and one field goal during the first two quarters of the game. In fact, this was only the fourth game in Super Bowl history to be tied at halftime. In the third quarter, the 49ers went up 20-10 and appeared to be running away with the game. However, a 21 point and shutout defensive 4th quarter for the Chiefs led them to the first Super Bowl in 50 years.
This was an enormous matchup for the two teams’ coaches, it was Andy Reed’s first Super Bowl win, and for 49ers’ Kyle Shanahan, it was a shot at redemption from past Super Bowls. Losing a Super Bowl because of a bad 4th quarter is an all too familiar circumstance for Shanahan, considering just three years prior he had been the offensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons when they made history by allowing the Patriots to come back from a 28-3 deficit. However, Reed is still considered an inspiration to many, bible teacher and former middle school football coach Brian St. James even said, “Andy Reed’s success goes to show what a healthy diet of just pure fast food can do for athletic performance. He is what I would consider an exemplary football coach.” These are just some of the few positive things coach St. James had to say about his idol Andy Reed.
What made this competitive matchup both the best and the worst Super Bowl of all time was not the game itself (maybe San Francisco fans disagree), rather, it was everything else that surrounded the game. Things such as the commercials and the halftime show are what stirred up the most conversation and controversy.
The commercials received lots of positive feedback, Senior Jonathan Lopez said, “I really enjoyed this year’s commercials, my favorite was the Chevy commercial where the kid thinks he’s getting a new car.” This sentiment was echoed by many viewers of the spectacle. However, many disliked the commercials, Bible teacher Brian St. James said “The Jason Mamoa commercial was visually disturbing. Also, the baby peanut commercial was a lackadaisical attempt to capitalize on the fleeting success of baby Yoda from “The Mandalorian” and exploited miniature versions of normal sized things, like myself.”
The halftime show was a spectacle of Latin music, starring Jennifer Lopez and Shakira who brought out Latin super stars Bad Bunny and J Balvin. This show also created a division amongst viewers due to the risqué content of the show. Sophomore Bond Surber said, “It was cool seeing the Latino community be represented in American entertainment.” Senior Jonathan Lopez said, “It was a different type of show than what people are used to, it was a very Hispanic performance and represented a different culture. It was also cool to see Bad Bunny and J Balvin get to perform because they really represent the current trends in Latin and American Music” Lopez is certainly right considering these two artists are some of the few artists who have made music entirely in Spanish that have had impressive billboard success in the United States. It is also important to note that the more “risqué” side of Latin culture is a huge part of Miami’s identity. Regarding controversy of the content, Senior Lauren Hill said, “it’s not their [the performers] job to parent the audience’s children, if you don’t want your kids to see it, or if it offends you, turn it off.”
Just like the commercials, not everyone saw eye to eye on the quality of the performance. For example, bible teacher Brian St. James was not a fan of the halftime show. He said the show was “An embarrassment, it was beyond the dignity of the FOX broadcasting network. I turned off the show when J-Lo came on because I didn’t want my daughter watching such a display of debauchery. Additionally, the cape she wore was made up of the feathers of over two dozen birds.”
Strong opinions like these are what made this both the best Super Bowl of all time and the Worst Super Bowl of all time. Although it may be hard for people to agree on the quality of the Super Bowl, it’s safe to say that it has been one of the most memorable Super Bowls in history.