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Super Bowl commercials are the rare commodity that appeals to the entire spectrum of sports fandom. Nothing brings together the football diehard and obligated party-goer quite like this Sunday’s crazed flurry of ad-break stimuli.
On special occasions these commercials not only dominate Monday morning chit-chat but invigorate brands, revive careers and capture the American zeitgeist. Here’s a look at how some of the most memorable Super Bowl ads were received, their ripple effect and whether they exactly dated well.
49ers @ Falcons:
Matt Ryan still forging reputation in the clutch
Colin Kaepernick the latest dual-threat QB to face Falcons, yet a unique challenge
John Abraham’s effectiveness critical for Atlanta defense on the edge
Ravens @ Patriots:
Rob Gronkowski loss more than just a blow to pass game
Shane Vereen emerging at just the right time
How Ravens and Patriots grew familiar over the years
Seahawks @ Falcons:
In cruel irony, the 2010 Falcons offense better foil for this Seattle defense
Matt Ryan following Peyton Manning playoff track
Marshawn Lynch primed for divisional-round “Beast Mode”
Texans @ Patriots:
Gronkowski, Hernandez present nightmare matchup
Arian Foster using column as playoff fuel, but will it matter?
J.J. Watt must meet the “Best Defensive Season Ever” hype to slow Patriots
Seahawks vs. Redskins:
Reservation for taking Seahawks on road? My quick take for @sportingnews #redskins http://bit.ly/UFHIBH
Russell Wilson, RG3 highlight key draft haul for both Seahawks and Redskins — my condensed take @sportingnews http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2013-01-03/seahawks-vs-redskins-russell-wilson-rg3-highlight-huge-draft-haul-playoffs-2013
The Shanahan playoff coaching history http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2013-01-04/seahawks-vs-redskins-mike-shanahan-kyle-shanahan-playoff-coaching-history
Colts vs. Ravens
Ravens will need vintage Ray Lewis (and Ed Reed for that matter) against the Colts—or even just 2011 form @sportingnews http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2013-01-03/colts-vs-ravens-ray-lewis-retirement-nfl-playoffs-2013-wild-card
Colts have given Baltimore fans plenty to be bitter about well after the Mayflower trucks left @sportingnews #ravens http://bit.ly/Rt8U
Flacco 3-0 on wild-card weekend, but here’s quickly digging a little deeper than QB W-L @sportingnews #ravens #colts http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2013-01-04/colts-vs-ravens-joe-flacco-no-stranger-to-wild-card-weekend-nfl-playoffs-2013?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter
Cowboys at Redskins (-3)
Week 17 arrived rather light on games featuring two teams with major seeding motivation; the battle outside D.C. being the only one where both have a shot at opening with a home playoff game.
Fortunately, Cowboys-Redskins will be devoid of questions about resting starters. Two starters figured to face off all game long are Dez Bryant and DeAngelo Hall, matching the league’s hottest receiver right now (sorry Megatron) against a gambler who makes big plays but also gets burned his fair share. To boot, the ‘Skins’ safety help isn’t the best.
How the Redskins execute their game-plan for Bryant could very well prove the difference.
Arizona at San Francisco (-16.5)
I don’t care how bad the Cardinals have been this year, a potent offensive performance will be needed to cover 16.5 against a good defense.
Jacksonville at Tennessee (-4)
I’m not sure that makes the difference with the Titans giving 4. This year it’s just been a matter of whether he breaks a long run. In games where that doesn’t happen, CJ2K has produced almost nothing.
This sort of thing is almost impossible to predict. Sometimes a team gives their lame duck a fulfilling send-off, other times the squad is just too checked out. Don’t let it affect how you pick against the spread.
Baltimore @ Cincinnati (-2.5)
Between this and Marvin Lewis’ apparent regret over resting starters in the past, this sways me over to the Ravens side — even though Tyrod Taylor has looked good in preseason play while rookie Bernard Pierce has gotten it done in meaningful action.
The Sunday slate features a few games that I found extremely tough to call, before a late-week injury update helped me select my side of the spread.
49ers at Seahawks (EVEN)
If there was ever a domino-effect injury on defense.
Bengals @ Steelers (3.5)
With Ike Taylor out, facing A.J. Green would’ve turned disastrous with Lewis.
Bears (-5.5) @ Cardinals
Tim Jennings leads Pro Bowl fan voting at CB and Henry Melton believes he should too at DT. They may not be the very best, but they’re certainly needed cogs on Chicago’s defense.
Redskins (-6.5) @ Eagles
RGIII will need that mobility this week with Graham in his face all day.
Rams @ Bucs (-3)
Vincent Jackson has been the league’s most terrifying deep threat outside of Megatron, and Janoris Jenkins probably hasn’t developed to the point to reliably handle V-Jax.