For all of you who had Loren on your Puppy Bowl fantasy team, congratulations are in order.
The 14-week-old Brittany Spaniel mix, who apparently prefers NCAA 14 to Madden 25, did his best impression of Week 15 Jamaal Charles, scoring a record four touchdowns to earn the Most Valuable Pup award, per BuzzFeed Animals:
Following in the footsteps of past superstars like CB, Fumble and Marta, Loren put together a truly transcendent performance. Not only did he take home the prestigious award, but he also put together a methodical march down the field that earned "Drive of the Day," courtesy of Subaru and Animal Planet:
Goodness gracious. Look at that face. That is cute on an adorable amount of levels. What I wouldn't do to be able to cuddle with that dog—sorry, back to the game.
On one particular scamper in the second half, Loren refused to stop, rumbling through the end zone and into the tunnel. It was reminiscent of Bo Jackson's 91-yard touchdown run against the Seattle Seahawks—bad sign for the 'Hawks today?—as Mike Tunison pointed out:
Loren pulls a Bo Jackson and runs up the tunnel pic.twitter.com/KnsJhMHvQJ— Mike Tunison (@xmasape) February 2, 2014
At that point, it was all over. Many, such as the Boston Globe's Ben Volin, were calling Loren the greatest of all time:
Of course, he wasn't the only star of the day.
Mandy, a 17-week-old Dachshund/Hound mix, tallied three touchdowns and three takeaways. Many felt she was robbed of the MVP, but she also caused quite a bit of controversy, as CBS Sports' Zach Harper noted:
How is that not taunting on Mandy?!— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) February 2, 2014
Still, while many didn't like how she always carried herself, there's no arguing against her undeniable talent. Michelle Beadle put it simply:
Don't bet against Mandy. #PuppyBowl— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) February 2, 2014
Who was the MVP?
The felines weren't about to be outdone, though. From a performance by the legendary keyboard cat to a parachuting cat to a whole lot of other awesome things, the cats put on a halftime show that Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers could only dream of.
The game wasn't short on sentimental favorites, either.
Shortly before the final whistle, Cinderella story Rudy defied all odds and made it into the game, much to the happiness of everyone from the Geico gecko to Meep the (tweeting) Bird:
From transcendent individual performances to heartwarming underdogs to a lot of really cute moments, the 10th installment of the Puppy Bowl lived up to the hype in just about every way possible.
Good luck on providing a sufficient encore, Seahawks and Broncos.