The best (and worst) moments of the Super Bowl's first half

The best (and worst) moments of the Super Bowl's first half

If you just tuned in for Rihanna, here's what you missed in the first half

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Rihanna has blessed us all with her presence.
Rihanna has blessed us all with her presence.
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The pre-game on FOX ridiculously started at noon. And we’ve been here the entire time. You didn’t miss anything until approximately 5:30 pm ET, when FOX aired the first Snackin’ with the Stars ad.

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Snackin’ with the Stars

Snackin’ with the Stars

“ Snackin’ with the Stars “ Super Bowl 2023 TV commercial

Okay, the one with Snoop in Martha Stewart’s fridge to get the goat cheese platter was funnier. But still, we looked forward to who would open the fridge next every time it closed.

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Whatever this was

Whatever this was

Super Bowl LVII: Chiefs & Eagles Go To The Super Bowl — The Movie

This was notable mainly for how terrible it was. Who is writing these things?

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Damar Hamlin and the health care workers who saved him

Damar Hamlin and the health care workers who saved him

Damar Hamlin and Buffalo Bills medical staff receives standing ovation before Super Bowl LVII

He hugged every single person. Cancel the game. Nothing tonight offers is going to beat this moment.

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Eagles fans booed the Walter Payton Man of the Year

Eagles fans booed the Walter Payton Man of the Year

Okay, it’s because it was Dak. But still. How many Eagles fans are at this thing?

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Sheryl Lee Ralph singing Lift Every Voice and Sing

Sheryl Lee Ralph singing Lift Every Voice and Sing

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Mostly we enjoyed it because of 1) how much Sheryl Lee Ralph deserves the moment she’s having and 2) because it makes Lauren Boebert really, really mad.

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Chris Stapleton’s National Anthem

Chris Stapleton’s National Anthem

Super Bowl LVII: Chris Stapleton gives a moving rendition of the ‘National Anthem’ | NFL on FOX

(Elaine Benes voice) What. Is with. The tears, Eagles? Someone go give your coach a hug.

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Jalen Hurts announcing his presence with authority

Jalen Hurts announcing his presence with authority

The Eagles’ offense moved the ball at will and got on into the end zone and on the board with 10:10 left on the clock in the first quarter. After all the doubters Hurts has had to deal with in his short career, it’s time for the shuttin’ up to begin.

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The Ben Affleck Dunkin’ commercial

The Ben Affleck Dunkin’ commercial

This actually makes us feel better about all those pics we saw of Ben working the drive thru. We has assumed it was a side gig.

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The Chiefs responding to the first score with a TD of their own

The Chiefs responding to the first score with a TD of their own

This one’s gonna be a shootout.

Hey, did you know Travis Kelce’s brother is also playing in this Super Bowl?

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We got a new Indiana Jones trailer

We got a new Indiana Jones trailer

On a related note, very upset that Raiders of the Lost Ark only has 3.5 stars on Uverse’s info screen. If Raiders isn’t considered a 4-star movie, what are you even looking for?

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This was the best ad in the first quarter

This was the best ad in the first quarter

Not-So Clueless | Rakuten Big Game Commercial

Mostly because it had all of Gen X/Xennials squealing about how great Cher (Alicia Silverstone) and Amber (Lisa Adaline Donovan) look.

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Brittney Griner was cheering on Philly

Brittney Griner was cheering on Philly

We love to see it.

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The Doink

The Doink

Harrison Butker pulling a Cody Parkey. In the Super Bowl. YIKES. Would have put the Chiefs up 10-7.

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The AJ Brown TD

The AJ Brown TD

45 yards and damn, was it pretty.

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DC using Michael Keaton to make us not look at Ezra Miller

DC using Michael Keaton to make us not look at Ezra Miller

This isn’t going to work, DC. We can just stay home and watch Michael Keaton play Batman in movies with less-problematic co-stars. Like Mr. Mom and Night Shift.

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The fumble recovery TD

The fumble recovery TD

Jalen Hurts just dropped it and Nick Bolton happened to be in exactly the right place at the right time. The Chiefs tie it up with 9:39 left in the 1st half.

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Jalen Hurt’s second QB sneak of the first half (!!)

Jalen Hurt’s second QB sneak of the first half (!!)

And the crowd was chanting “MVP! MVP!”

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Google’s “Fixed on Pixel” ad

Google’s “Fixed on Pixel” ad

Official Google #FixedOnPixel SB Commercial 2023 with Amy Schumer, Giannis Antetokounmpo & Doja Cat

If only we’d had this in time for my friends’ Minnesota wedding and the jet skiers in jorts who pulled up to watch.

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Patrick Mahomes reaggravates the ankle injury

Patrick Mahomes reaggravates the ankle injury

Anyone who’s ever had a high ankle sprain felt this one deeply. After the trainers worked on him, Mahomes was up and on the sidelines a few plays later.

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Eagles’ field goal to end the half

Eagles’ field goal to end the half

Eagles lead 24-14 at the half and now it’s time for tonight’s main event - Rihanna.

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This is RiRi’s world and we’re all just living in it

This is RiRi’s world and we’re all just living in it

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In addition to owning half-time and making Donald Trump mad with her glorious existence, Rihanna’s reps confirmed that she’s pregnant with her second child. We stan our blood-red queen.

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