God, Heisenberg and Fanny Packs: This Year’s Best Super Bowl Ads

You’ve probably heard the stat: 30 seconds of air-time during this year’s Super Bowl costs advertisers $4.5 million. Companies save their biggest and best ads for the annual event, and along with a half time show (as well as a game of tackle football), viewers are treated to the craziest, riskiest, most-attention grabbing television commercials money can buy every Super Bowl Sunday.

Here are some of our favorites from last night.

Best Theological Controversy

If discussion on our Facebook page is any indication, the punch-line about God’s sovereignty at the end of this Mophie ad turned out to be pretty polarizing.

Morphie’s “All Powerless”

Honorable Mention:
Carnival’s “Come Back to the Sea”
If you ask Ken Ham, that is.

Best Music

Budweiser’s “Lost Dog
We at RELEVANT have always been big fans of Sleeping at Last. Glad to see the rest of the country is catching on, via his excellent Proclaimers cover in the night’s best commercial.

Honorable Mention:
Jeep’s “Beautiful Lands”

Best Exact Same Joke Used Twice

What if someone feels like they are invisible in society, and then actually begins to think they are invisible. Hilarity ensues, right?

Nationwide’s “Invisible Mindy Kaling”

Doritos’ “Definitely Visible”

Best Movie Trailer

How do you top Vin Diesel flying through the windows of a sky-scraper in some crazy sports car? With Chris Pratt training a group of velociraptors for an epic dino-battle, of course.

Jurassic World

Honorable Mention
Furious 7

Best “Breaking Bad” Reference

Characters from Breaking Bad showed up in two ads last night: Heisenberg as a psychotic pharmacists and Danny Trejo as an ax-wielding Marsha Brady alter ego, that looked a lot like the ill-fated Tortuga. (Though, to be fair, most of Danny Trejo’s characters resemble homicidal psychopaths.)

Esurance’s “Say My Name”

Honorable Mention
Snicker’s “The Brady Bunch”

See Also

Best Incredibly Depressing, Completely Inappropriate Use of Super Bowl Air-Time

What on earth, Nationwide?

Nationwide’s “Make Safe Happen”

Best Jeff Bridges Chanting Beside a Sleeping Couple

Probably the only ad that will ever feature Jeff Bridges lulling someone to sleep, though you can bet a lot of other companies will try.

Squarespace’s “Om”

Best Self-Mockery

BMW’s ad spoofed the now-famous Today Show clip of Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric discussing this crazy Internet thing back in 1994. Loctite Super Glue’s commercial was a more absurd premise, but it was just as memorable: Super glue isn’t exactly a flashy, hip product, so why not just own it, and make the ad just people dancing awkwardly in fanny packs? $4.5 million well spent.

BMW i3’s “Newfangled Idea”

Honorable Mention
Loctite Super Glue: “Positive Feelings”

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