Lured back after a stadium renovation costing more than $550 million, NFL’s biggest game returned to Miami for the first time in a decade for the 11th time—the most of any city—as the NFL concluded its centennial season on Feb. 2.
From kickoff presentation to best commercials to Pepsi half time show to The Kansas City Chiefs win over San Francisco 49ers 31-20, here are the highlights of Super Bowl 54 in Miami.
Bill Belichick’s smile and rings
New England’s coach drew boos in the pregame ceremony honoring the NFL 100 team that also featured quarterback Tom Brady and former tight end Rob Gronkowski, Randy Moss, Adam Vinatieri, John Hannah, and Mike Haynes. Belichick was booed, smiled, flashed his rings and drew a laugh from the crowd.
Belichick reminded everyone of his success just before the start of Super Bowl LIV. He responded by raising his hands to show off three of his eight Super Bowl rings — he won six as Patriots head coach and two as Giants defensive coordinator.
Demi Lovato’s rendition of the National Anthem
The singer and actress performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of Super Bowl LIV in just one minute and 49 seconds.
She owned her moment so powerfully that even fans compared her rendition to that of late singer Whitney Houston.
Lavato followed gospel singer Yolanda Adams’ performance of “America the Beautiful.”
Grammy-winning gospel legend Yolanda Adams says she feels blessed after performing “America the Beautiful” at the Super Bowl.
“What a pleasure and a privilege to be able to do it at this time in our country,” she told The Associated Press after her performance Sunday. “We’re dealing with so much — Kobe and the passing of the eight passengers along with him; the coronavirus coming over and things like that; the trials, the impeachment — all of that. Right now the country needs some hope and I’m just glad I got a chance to do my part.”
Beyoncé and Jay-Z were spotted sitting along with daughter Blue Ivy at Hard Rock Stadium. Jay-Z was a co-producer of the halftime show featuring Shakira and Jennifer Lopez.
Paul McCartney and DJ Khaled also attended the big game. DJ-producer Diplo and rapper Lil Nas X, who starred in a Super Bowl commercial for Doritos, chatted in a suite. Actors Kevin Hart, Jon Hamm, and Liev Schreiber also attended the game.
Country artist and frontman for Hootie & the Blowfish, Darius Rucker performed Sunday at On Location Experiences’ pre-game party at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami hours before the Kansas City Chiefs were to take on the San Francisco 49ers. Rucker has been to more than a dozen Super Bowls
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Their breathless athleticism matched that of the football players waiting in the locker room.
Shakira opened with, yes, a hip-shaking performance of “She Wolf” and a fast-moving medley that included bits of “She Wolf,” “Whenever, Wherever” and a snippet of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” She managed a belly dance, some rope dancing and even backed into a crowd surf. Shakira ended her with her signature song, “Hips Don’t Lie.”
Lopez, in a black leather outfit that her dancers matched, started with a nostalgic snippet of “Jenny From the Block.” She exhibited some startling pole-dancing moves, a reference to her much-celebrated turn in the movie “Hustlers.” At one point she bent into a deep squat while standing on the shoulders of a dancer that likely had muscles aching across the country in sympathy.
The two women came together at the end to sing “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa),” the song Shakira composed that was the theme of the 2010 World Cup.
Advertisers came on strong with millions spent on celebrities, humor and even some weirdness.
Cheetos capitalized on nostalgia by using the 30-year old MC Hammer classic “U Can’t Touch This.” Coke launched Coke Energy with an ad showing actor Jonah Hill rallying to meet Martin Scorsese at a party by drinking Coke’s new energy drink. Audi showed “Game of Thrones” actress Maisie Williams singing “Let it Go” to promote Audi’s suite of electric vehicles. Pringle’s enlisted Adult Swim’s animated “Rick and Morty” duo with a meta ad in which the characters realize they’re stuck inside a Pringles commercial. Hummer introduced HummerEV with a cinematic black-and-white ad touting how quiet yet powerful the car is.
The NFL ran a 60-second ad about the devastation police violence has on families.
Snickers imagined a world where people sing on a hilltop (an homage to a famous “Hilltop” Coke ad) about digging a giant hole and putting a giant Snickers in it because the “world is out of sorts.”
Political ads invaded the game somehow, with President Trump and Michael Bloomberg, one of his Democratic challengers, both running spots.
Finally, Mahomes, Chiefs win a Super Bowl after 50 years with late surge.
Mahomes, selected MVP, hit two long passes on touchdown drives for a 31-20 victory Sunday over the San Francisco 49ers.
“We never lost faith,” Mahomes said. “That’s the biggest thing. Everybody on this team, no one had their head down. We believed in each other. That’s what we preached all year long.”
The vaunted 49ers defense wilted late, particularly on passes of 44 yards to Tyreek Hill and 38 to Sammy Watkins. The touchdowns came on short throws to Travis Kelce to cut the deficit to three and to Damien Williams for the lead. The first NFL title in Chiefs coach Reid’s two-decade career was clinched by Williams’ 38-yard TD run, sending red-clad Chiefs fan into chants of “Andy!” Andy!”
The Chiefs defense confounded by the Niners’ misdirection much of the game got stingy and forced a three-and-out. Mahomes soon hit Watkins down the right sideline behind Richard Sherman for a 38-yard gain, leading to Williams’ first score.
San Francisco (15-4) had nothing left in the fourth quarter, and its coach, Kyle Shanahan saw yet another late-game meltdown by his team. Three years ago, as offensive coordinator in Atlanta, he was part of the Falcons’ collapse and loss in overtime to New England.
Most expensive nap
During the first quarter of the 49ers game against the Chiefs, Sporting News writer snapped a video of a fan taking a nap in the stands at Hard Rock Stadium quickly went viral on social media.
Somehow, this man is sleeping through the #SuperBowl.
We’re still only in the first quarter. pic.twitter.com/erK0gfpqvQ
— Karisa Maxwell (@KarisaMaxwell) February 3, 2020
It had been mostly a matchup of defenses until that point. It’s unclear which team he supports, but if he’s a Chiefs fan, hopefully he didn’t sleep through Patrick Mahomes’ impressive comeback.
Highlights of Super Bowl 54 in Miami