Puppy Bowl 2021: Recap, MVP, Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2021

IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR DISCOVERY COMMUNICATIONS - Adoptable pit mixes from the East Bay SPCA compete at Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl Cafe at Gott's Roadside on Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016 at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. (Alison Yin/ AP Images for Discovery Communications)
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Team Ruff earned a 73-69 win over Team Fluff, but everyone involved was a winner at the 2021 Puppy Bowl on Sunday.

The captivating competition featured 70 puppies from 22 different shelters battling over various toys until there was a winner crowned for the 17th annual Lombarky Trophy.

Marshall took home the coveted MVP award after scoring some key plays in the game, including an eye-popping double touchdown after crossing the goal line twice:

Animal Planet @AnimalPlanet

And that's the game! Your @BISSELLclean #PuppyBowl MVP is: Marshall! Congrats Team Fluff! #ad https://t.co/D5jSjgHiBZ

Animal Planet @AnimalPlanet

Marshall breaks free and scores a double touchdown! 1️⃣4️⃣ - 7️⃣ #PuppyBowl https://t.co/3PVoJOr90y

Muffin kicked off the scoring by running in the first touchdown of the game:

Animal Planet @AnimalPlanet

Muffin scores the first touchdown of the game! 🏈 #PuppyBowl https://t.co/jywV0ZmZ6T

The game ended on a walk-off touchdown as Paulie from Team Ruff scored as time expired.

Fan favorite Jett also came through with a key field goal for his team:

Animal Planet @AnimalPlanet

Jett’s field goal lives in our minds rent free #PuppyBowl https://t.co/BJuOCZPfgD

Of course, not everyone was as involved in the game:

Animal Planet @AnimalPlanet

Nap advocate Chunky Monkey is our new ICON #PuppyBowl https://t.co/hJYYhyE9Wt

Animal Planet @AnimalPlanet

Looks like Erica is finally ready to join the game…. Or not! #PuppyBowl https://t.co/bYDlP6EDDc

They were still good dogs. It just might take further analytics to detail their impact.

The actual scoring was based on bringing toys across the goal line, either carrying it for a touchdown or kicking it for a field goal. Martha Stewart represented Team Ruff during the broadcast, while Snoop Dogg sported outfits for Team Fluff.

Martha Stewart @MarthaStewart

Are you Team Ruff or Team Fluff? #PuppyBowl is kicking off tomorrow, Sunday, at 2pm ET on #discoveryplus. Tweet along with me and @AnimalPlanet! https://t.co/H8nLKuJAWw

Snoop Dogg @SnoopDogg

Team Fluff all day today. Puppy bowl is kickin off today 2p est on #DiscoveryPlus - Tweet along with me & @AnimalPlanet https://t.co/ECjxs20cJg

While some had a vested interest in the outcome, the entire competition is simply a wholesome event with the goal of getting every dog involved to a forever home.

Every single puppy (and kitten) featured in the first 16 Puppy Bowls have been adopted, per Discovery, and the hope is the 17th annual event will continue the perfect streak.