For the 11th consecutive year, the puppies took the field before the NFC and AFC champions on Super Bowl Sunday, participating in the prestigious Puppy Bowl.
But for the first time ever, there were two teams and a scoreboard.
Team Ruff thrived under the new rules, carrying toy after toy into the end zone on their way to a dominant 87-49 win over Team Fluff.
It was a two-dog wrecking crew from the victors, who put on an absolute show in front of the baby goat cheerleaders. Henry, a 12-week English Spring Spaniel Mix, and Falcor, a 14-week Clumber Spaniel, each tied the Puppy Bowl record with four touchdowns.
But it was Cara, a Shih Tzu, who won the MVP fan vote despite the losing effort. CBS Sports' Zach Harper wasn't happy with the controversial result:
Cara was certainly the early star. The Team Ruff recruit stopped an early touchdown attempt from Steve, a Chihuahua Mix, and took the chew toy the other way for two quick scores to give her team an early lead.
Animal Planet provided a profile of the young star, while sideline reporter Meep the Bird was already having visions of MVP:
But Team Fluff's early lead would quickly evaporate. After overcoming some intra-team wrestling, Team Ruff was able to tie the game at 14 and turn that momentum into a huge second quarter. Falcor, Henry and Marley all scored touchdowns, helping Team Ruff take a big 45-28 lead into halftime.
There was very little defense being played, and Harper put it simply:
Of course, the Puppy Bowl wouldn't be complete without a halftime show from the feline persuasion. This year's act was led by none other than Katty Furry.
Bissell caught a snapshot of the performer, likely performing "Roar":
Miss Martian got an early score after halftime, but Team Ruff simply wanted the chew toys more. Henry and Falcor each scored a pair of touchdowns, running the score to 73-35.
The game was all but over by then, but there were still plenty of fantasy matchups yet to be determined. Keno, a Terrier Mix, turned in an abundance of garbage-time stats, scoring two touchdowns and a controversial kiss from the referee:
But once again, the stars of the day would have the last laughs, as Henry and Falcor each added one more touchdown, securing their names in the Puppy Bowl record books:
Fortunately for those hoping for Henry or Falcor to be represented as the most outstanding puppy, the Animal Planet will continue to play coverage of the game throughout the day, with potentially alternate MVPs depending on the vote.
Either way, though, Team Ruff was the clear winner on Sunday, but you can bet Team Fluff will be back next year looking for revenge. Also, the audience will always be winners, because puppies.