There were some dandies. Now, none of them were as good as the all-timers like the lab puppy rescued from the wolves by the Clydsdale. That one just about brings me to tears each time I see it.
But the Dirty Dancing practice with Manning and Beckham was really good. I liked the Australia tourism commercial that promised a new Croc Dundee movie. And, enjoyed the (real) Vikings trying to get to the game only to find out that it was Eagles vs. Patriots and turning back. Those were among my favorites. Morgan Freeman doing a little rap for Mountain Dew was alright, too.
Actually, wouldn’t surprise me if they didn’t lose any money. Media controls the length of the commercial breaks, not the NFL. All they’d have to do once they discovered it (which was immediately), was cue up the commercial that was supposed to play in that slot. Not sure if the NFL has a TV official on the field like college, but he just doesn’t alert them to start play at the usual time interval. He probably didn’t even notice; it’s likely somebody over a headset alerting them. I don’t care enough about the NFL to watch again, but I’d bet if you went back and timed that break you’d find it was simply 30 seconds longer than the others. Thus, they would’ve got the full allotment of ads in during that time.
Didn’t watch the game, so wouldn’t know. It could’ve been they were supposed to cut back to the game at the start of that blackout. That wouldn’t have lost any money. They also could’ve added a spot at the next TV break and accomplished the same. I’m doubtful they left any money on the table.