Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers did their best to bring some energy to what had otherwise been a largely lifeless Super Bowl through one half.
The game went downhill as soon as Peyton Manning watched the ball roll into the end zone for a safety 12 seconds into the contest. The Seattle Seahawks defense had suffocated Manning and the Denver Broncos offense, running out to a massive 22-0 lead through two quarters.
MetLife Stadium had some energy to start the game, but the air was sucked out completely after Denver's first-half collapse.
You almost felt sorry for both Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, because they had to almost revive the crowd from a deep slumber. The key was avoiding any kind of Ashlee Simpson-type meltdown and stadium revolt.
Mars is a great live performer who can do it all, so there was little chance that he was going to disappoint. While his performance likely won't go down in history, it was still very good. And combining with RHCP was a nice melding of generations and styles.
As with any Super Bowl halftime performance, Twitter was ablaze with reactions, both positive and negative.
SBNation's Jon Bois got worried when the lights went out in the stadium:
Clearly the Super Bowl had gotten to ESPN's Robert Flores. By that point, though, Joe Namath in a big fur coat was an upgrade from the actual game:
Of course, Jack Moore was less than thrilled with the prospect of Bruno Mars and RHCP on the same stage:
At least Bruno had the approval of the "King" himself:
Plus, his stock is soaring on Mel Kiper's 2014 NFL draft big board, per Tim Ryan:
The Peyton Manning jokes were flying hard and fast, courtesy of SportsPickle, CBSSports.com's Matt Norlander and the Sklar Brothers:
Turner Sports' Rachel Nichols still puts Prince at the head of the pack when it comes to recent Super Bowl halftime shows:
Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis still heaped plenty of praise on Bruno Mars, comparing him to two music legends:
Bob Ryan of The Boston Globe thought the halftime performance did great in that all-important "60-somethings" demographic:
For those monitoring the betting lines, the Chili Peppers did in fact perform without shirts on. That was one of the more intriguing prop bets heading into the game, as Wager Minds pointed out:
NASCAR star Jimmie Johnson thought Anthony Kiedis was channeling his inner Travis Junior with the mustache he was sporting on Sunday night:
Here's to hoping that the second half of the Super Bowl can take some notes from the halftime performance and provide some more excitement.