Listening to the post mortems today, it appears this Super Bowl, on the whole is going down as a slight to medium bummer (unless you are a Green Bay packer fan). The game was OK, not great, filled with mistakes by both teams (although Rodgers played great, the Packers dropped at least 5 easy catches, a couple of which would have been touchdowns), and the waited for big finish, with the Steelers trying for a last minute winning touchdown, fizzled out meekly.
Outside the field, things were considerably worse. First the Dallas weather was a major letdown for tens of thousands of fans, then there was a big problem with ticket holders being dissatisfied. The national anthem was a travesty. The half time show was a letdown.
On the TV side, the pregame interview with Bill O'Reilly and President Obama was boring, and people are saying the super bowl commercials were some of the worst in recent memory or were in bad taste or offensive.
That's a tough list of setbacks for the game to overcome, and I don't think it did. Unless you are a fan of one of the teams involved, this was a fairly average game you might see any given Sunday, filled with good plays and bad plays. Not the excess of tension and drama that you might expect with two high powered teams. An anticipated final push by the Steelers fell flat and was like air dribbling out of a flacid balloon.
Even the announcers seemed to have the blahs. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were ho hum all night, and as the time wore down, Buck could barely muster any excitement or enthusiasm for the call.
Better luck next year NFL.