Puppy Bowl XII 2016: Recap, MVP, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2016

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Attendees cuddle with puppies from a local rescue, Paw Works, who are on hand to promote Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl XII' during the Discovery Communications TCA Winter 2016 at The Langham Huntington Hotel and Spa on January 7, 2016 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images for Discovery Communications)
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Team Ruff, led by the aptly named Star, steamrolled its way to a Puppy Bowl XII title Sunday, knocking off Team Fluff, 70-44.

Star was unstoppable in the contest, scoring three touchdowns and adding a takeaway in the game's most impressive performance. Unsurprisingly, it was Star who was named the game's MVP, per Animal Planet.

Star likely wrapped up the award with this jaw-dropping double touchdown:

Team Ruff came out of the kennel with a bang, however, as Darby scored two early touchdowns to get his team started off on the right paw:      

And it relied on plenty of teamwork too:

Leah cooled off the opposition with a score of her own, however:

Speaking of water, at one point, assistant referee Stanley the Skunk—yes, you read that correctly—chased away a group of thirsty dogs looking to take a quick timeout:

There are no breaks at the puppy bowl, as InsideHoops.com noted:

Just don't tell that to this pup, who Vulture caught taking a breather on Instagram:

Or this pair, who surely was about to spring into action at any moment:

It was a fun and furry display full of touchdowns and absurdity and, yes, chicken cheerleaders

Seriously, there were chicken cheerleaders.

But it was also a serious competition and one that deserved professional scrutiny. Pete Prisco of CBS Sports made sure to ask the tough questions:

Most importantly, however, the Puppy Bowl supports a good cause. All of the dogs shown in the game are made available for adoption, per Jessica Contrera of the Washington Postand the game has helped raise awareness for homeless dogs and dogs without permanent homes residing in shelters.

In other words, the Puppy Bowl is much more than a funny and cute exhibition for those folks far less interested in the day's main event, Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. It's the opportunity to promote a good cause in the most entertaining way possible, and it has helped to launch similar events all over the country.

In that regard, everybody wins.


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