11 Best Super Bowl Commercials of 2012 (VIDEOS)

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Brown M&M Super BowlNow that Super Bowl XLVI is over, it's time to be honest. Were you really watching to see if the New York Giants could repeat as champions over the New England Patriots? Or did you just want to see the best commercials so you would have something to talk about today?

If it feels like the ads got even bigger hype than usual, you're right. A ton were released early. Companies spent an average of $3.5 million to get at you during their 30-second time slot. And we've got 11 of the best here, from Ferris Bueller to that sassy brown M&M:

Thought Volkswagen couldn't top the Darth Vader kid from last year, didn't you? This year's tribute was the perfect Super Bowl ad because it summed up the whole commercial watching aspect of the night! The Dog strikes back:

Ferris Bueller is baaaack. And I feel oooold. But walking down memory lane with Matthew Broderick -- albeit through a Honda ad -- felt good, didn't it?

Hoooo baby, if you weren't already feeling warm and gushy because everyone in the room was on the same side, rooting for the same team (what, only in my house?), that David Beckham ad for his new underwear line at H&M certainly sent the mercury rising, didn't it?

Oh, that Ms. Brown M&M, she can get away with anything because she is sexy and she knows it!

Wait, you mean those apps we all download didn't just appear in the iTunes store? Nice play, Best Buy, with the nod to the Phone Innovators! Especially with that jab at Alec Baldwin re: Words With Friends:

Let me be honest, Doritos, I love my cat. But even I'll cop to giving the dog some props for paying Dad off with a bag of HIS version of crunchy treats to keep the whereabouts of one missing cat secret:

If you didn't like the Seinfeld commercial for the new Acura NSX, let's just say ... no soup for you! Jerry almost beat out Ferris for the nostalgia factor ... almost.

Skechers' Go Run Mr. Quiggly ad proved just because you're a French bulldog doesn't mean you can't have the heart of a greyhound. Yes, it's a metaphor folks ... but isn't he cute?

The only thing cuter than a little French bulldog in sneakers? Drew Brees' little boy kicking a football through the neighbor's window ... and on through the other neighbor's walls, and so on. Chase made its point about needing to pay things pretty quickly to every parent out there:

Everyone knows a Super Bowl isn't complete without something from Budweiser. I've got to give it up for their Rescue Dog "We Go" ad. They're not just selling beer, they're helping shelter dogs:

And now for the ringer. People seemed pretty split on the Audi Vampires ad, but how can you not give them credit for spoofing on a trend this hot:

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What was your favorite this year?

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Littl... LittleFrogsMA

I hate football so I missed all of these and qutie frankly, ads don't usually impress me.  I did see the rescue dog commercial though and thought it was clever.  I also appreciated the plug for rescue dogs.

bills... billsfan1104

M&Ms, David Beckham, and Doritos were my favorite.

malex... malexander2009

@LittlefrogsMA I think some of the best commercials come out at the Super Bowl

malex... malexander2009

I seriously look forward to the VW commercials now because of the Darth Vader one last year. And this years was just as entertaining

jessi... jessicasmom1

LOL some of these commericals

jagam... jagamama0710

I didn't watch the game (I'm a baseball and hockey girl) but I watched some on usa today's admeter. I loved the m&m's, audi, and the h&m one. :D Dorito's was alright but they've had better ads that weren't even "superbowl ads". I'll have to check out the rest of these! 

godde... goddess99

I liked the underwear and m&m commercials.

daerc... daerca574

I didn't watch this year, feeling a little under the weather.

cocob... cocobeannns

My favorite was the Dorito's dog and cat ad. I also liked the Audi vampire ad.

PonyC... PonyChaser

I was highly entertained by the exploding vampires, good way to "kick off" the ad portion of the evening. All of the ones you mentioned were good. LOVED Beckham's ad, even though I'm about to be a complete hypocrite...

Can we be done with the GoDaddy ads already? Women painting naked women? "Go see more on our website"? At least Beckham's ad was tasteful almost-nakedness. And appropriate to the subject, since it's an ad for underwear.

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