If this was Peyton Manning’s last NFL game, he went out as a Super Bowl champion.
The legendary quarterback and his Denver Broncos were backed by stingy defense all night as they claimed Super Bowl 50 with a 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers.
The defense registered seven sacks, an interception, and recovered a fumble for a touchdown in the win.
This was against Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, who earlier this weekend was named the NFL’s most valuable player.
Newton looked anything but MVP-like, completing under 50 per cent of his passes and generating under 250 yards in the loss.
But of course, this is the Superbowl – the biggest spectacle in American sport. And for many viewers the actual action on the field was secondary.
For those fans, the action got started early with a showstopping performance of the national anthem by Lady Gaga.
It was followed by a high energy halftime show packed with some of the biggest names in music today: Beyonce, Coldplay, and Bruno Mars.
Beyonce took the field to perform her newest hit, ‘Formation.”
And when Bruno Mars took the stage, even Lady Gaga couldn’t stay in her seat.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Superbowl without very expensive, very flashy, and often very funny commercials. The NFL has hosted the full set of US ads on their website.
And, as with every global sports spectacular, there were plenty of cheeky tweets and memes, and this year was no exception.
The halftime show also drew it’s share of jokes…
Several Twitter users harkened back to last year’s unexpected star during Katy Perry’s halftime show, Left Shark.
And, in what may turnout to be the blockbuster football news of the day, Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch tweeted a cryptic photo during the game that suggests he may just be hanging up his cleats for good.