Reporters react to the 2021 Super Bowl 55

One of the most popular sporting events occurred on the 7th of February and there’s so much to talk about. From the one-sided football game to The Weeknd’s electric halftime show, We’re providing you with all the highlights from SuperBowl LV.

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers faced off with Patrick Mahomes in the 55th annual Super Bowl. The first quarter was pretty much a battle of the defenses with a combined score of only 10 points in 15 minutes of play. The second quarter was when the points started rolling in, especially from Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Brady ended the first half with 136 yards in the air along with 3 touchdowns. Patrick Mahomes went into halftime with 67 passing yards and no touchdowns. The score at halftime was 21-6.

Kansas City’s struggles continued in the second half with only a field goal, while Tampa Bay refused to step off the gas. Brady ended with 201 passing yards and 3 touchdown passes. Their defence, though, is who really came to play. Holding Patrick Mahomes to zero scores and two interceptions is not an easy feat. A fairly uneventful second half wraps up the 2020 NFL season with a final score of 31-9.

After a strange football season, Canadian artist Abel Tesfaye, more commonly known as The Weeknd, left us blinded by the lights with his Super Bowl LV performance. The Weeknd’s year consisted of a bandaged face and plastic surgery, as did his performance, which spiffed him up. The Weeknd sang some of his hit songs such as “Starboy,” “I Feel it Coming,” and “Blinding Lights” during the show. However, the 30-year-old had put a total of $7 million dollars into this performance in order to make it happen. 

The performance began with an electric-neon cityscape background, resembling his album “After Hours.” The Weeknd was wearing a sparkly red cardigan and started his show with his hit song, “Starboy,” with a choir singing along behind him in the stands. This gospel-choir was socially distanced throughout the stands and they were wearing face masks. 

The canadian singer performed his song “The Hills,” which is our personal favorite, and he had various flashing lights throughout this song. Making the switch to the next song, The Weeknd disappeared into the stands. 

Throughout his song “Can’t Feel my Face,” The Weeknd was running through hallways and rooms that were covered in light bulbs, giving off a retro/vegas kind of vibe. Also, this part of the performance was filmed inside the stands, which changed the point of view of the camera. During this song, The Weeknd was joined by many other people who “couldn’t feel their faces,” which were covered with bandages. These bandages represented the plastic surgery and facial surgery that he had undergone throughout the past year. 

Returning to his neon-cityscape, The Weeknd performed his grammy winning and oscar nominated song, “Earned it.” Backing him in the stands was an orchestra, creating a more dramatic effect. 

Wrapping up the performance, The Weeknd and his bandaged backing entered  the field, socially distanced, reminding us all that this was an actual Super Bowl performance. The grand finale consisted of the hit song “Blinding Lights,” where a mob of bandaged dancers performed around him. 

Once again, the notorious Super Bowl commercials didn’t let us down. One of our personal favorites was the Drake from State Farm commercial, a spinoff of the popular Jake from State farm ad, first aired in 2011. We saw many cameos from popular celebrities, including Will Ferrell in a General Motors ad, Mathew Mcconaughey in a Doritos 3D commercial, and a crowd favorite Winona Ryder and Timothee Chalamet in a commercial for Cadillac. This has definitely been one of our favorite years for Super Bowl commercials.          

Super Bowl LV concluded the past year’s NFL season in a dynamic fashion with The Weeknd’s neon halftime show, amusing commercials, along with the great performances by both teams.