Now 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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