The Super Bowl is one of the greatest stages for football and the sports world in general, but there is so much more to the event than what happens on the field.
Football fans have been drooling for this matchup throughout the season, hoping the two No. 1 seeds from each conference would clash, but some fans watch simply for the entertainment value.
Whether it's the heartfelt and sometimes hilarious commercials or the musical entertainment, the Super Bowl is about much more than just the game on the field.
With both Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers gracing the stage for the halftime show, this year's version was another one for the young crowd after a few older acts took the stage before Beyonce owned the show last year.
Those other acts were due in large part to something that happened 10 years ago to the day of this year's Super Bowl, as Yahoo! TV notes:
Below are the highlights and the memorable moments from the Super Bowl halftime show.
Highlights of Halftime Show
Apart from knowing who the two performers would be with Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, there weren't many rumors being spread about what could happen during the midgame act.
Chad Smith of the Chili Peppers changed that with one tweet as he took a picture with the Syracuse marching band before the game officially kicked off, though they never actually took the stage:
With the Syracuse band. They're gettin ready to rock! pic.twitter.com/5hGMYi0stE— Chad Smith (@RHCPchad) February 2, 2014
Mars came out doing his best Smith impersonation, as he killed his drum solo and got the crowd on the field going before moving on to "Locked Out of Heaven." But before his intro came a rendition of his song with Travie McCoy, "Millionaire."
Why is this important? Bovada had the odds before the game started at 1-2 for "Locked Out of Heaven" being the first song. If "Millionaire" is in fact the first song, it was not featured on the odds list.
Mars' performance certainly caught the eye of one NFL superstar as Adrian Peterson tweeted his thoughts on the show:
The consensus was Mars, who performed in his gold suit with bandmates doing a little choreography, put on a great show. As for the Chili Peppers, their performance was met with mixed reviews.
Mars and the Chili Peppers performed together on the stage with lead singer Anthony Kiedis and Flea coming out shirtless, via Pearl Drums:
Do you see Chad Smith and RHCP with Bruno Mars at the Super Bowl Halftime performance? pic.twitter.com/L00CwF2DgV— Pearl Drums (@PearlDrumCorp) February 3, 2014
Dan Levy of Bleacher Report remembers a slightly different version of the band than the one that showed up Sunday night:
Man the Red Hot Chili Peppers look really different than I remember.— Dan Levy (@DanLevyThinks) February 3, 2014
As for Mars, Trey Wingo of ESPN believed he was seeing double watching the performance:
Thrilled that Tedy Bruschi's 2nd career as Bruno Mars is taking off. #lookalikes— trey wingo (@wingoz) February 3, 2014
OK, maybe Mars is a little slimmer—or a lot—but the similarities are certainly there.
Mars ended his performance with a great rendition of his song "Just the Way You Are" and slowed the halftime show down just before the players took the field for the second half.
The People's Choice's official Twitter account notes the flawless finish for Mars' performance:
Jason Lipshutz of Billboard.com provides a Vine video of the halftime finale:
Fireworks explode as Bruno Mars takes it home https://t.co/QEdks4QRKO— Jason Lipshutz (@jasonlipshutz) February 3, 2014
After years of less-than-noteworthy performances from stars well outside of their prime, Mars stole the show. The Red Hot Chili Peppers seemed like a great complement for Mars, but the younger star held his own during the show.
Though the game on the field has been less than entertaining for fans looking for a close game, the entertainment value was definitely on display during halftime.