Giants win! But enough about that, let's talk about the other things that went down during the big Super Bowl game outside of, you know, the men making sports stuff happen.

An ambitious and hilarious musical ode to NBC shows? Best. A halftime performer flipping America the bird? Worst. And there's more where that came from. Let's take a look at the highlights and lowlights of today's Super Bowl broadcast on NBC…


NBC's Star-Studded Promo: It started with the 30 Rock cast and ended with Jimmy Fallon tap-dancing. Basically, the musical montage (watch it above) of our favorite NBC shows did not disappoint. But didn't it kind of smart seeing our Community gang knowing that the network has shelved them for the months to come?

Kelly Clarkson's National Anthem: No flubbed lyrics and no screeching? That alone made the original American Idol's rendition a win. But she kept it simple and just did what national anthem performers are supposed to do: just sing the danged thing!

Smash Previews: We're already huge fans of NBC's much-anticipated new musical dramedy, but seeing the enticing promos during the game just reminded us again what was coming on Feb. 6: a new show to obsess over!

Clint Eastwood's "It's Halftime" Spot: There is very little we wouldn't do for the onetime Dirty Harry, so we sat up straight during his ode to America by way of Detroit (all the while worried he was going to start promoting or bashing some political candidate). But that was the ad's point: Hey, people: We're all Americans, so let's stop bashing each other and get back to work.

Madonna's Halftime Show: She might have been nervous, and it wasn't a blow-your-hair-back halftime show, but it was Madonna singing her greatest hits and bringing in great artists for cameos (Cee Lo Green, Nicki Minaj, LMFAO and M.I.A.), so we'd call this year's half time show one of the better one's in recent memory. Too bad someone tried to upstage her with the lift of a finger. Speaking of…


M.I.A. Flippin' the Bird: During Madonna's performance of her new single, "Give Me All Your Luvin,'" M.I.A. gave the middle finger directly to the camera for all of America to witness. Not exactly a bare boob, but still offensive enough for us to roll our eyes and ask why.

Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton

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Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert's Kinda Scared Game Face: Hey, lovebirds! What's with the deer-in-the-headlights looks? Sure, millions upon millions of people watched you sing "America the Beautiful," but at least you sounded good and were standing next to your very attractive spouse in the process. As Voice coach Blake would surely advise a performer: Smile!

Show Playing "Edge of Glory" After Madonna's Performance: Designed to cause a hubbub or a simple oversight? Discuss.

Best And Worst

Super Bowl Commercials: As usual, this year's Super Bowl brought on a range of commercials from the laugh-out-loud funny (the dancing M&M) to just plain boring (er, that one, you know, that we can't remember for that thing). Need a refresher? You can watch them all here.

What did you think of this year's Super Bowl broadcast? Any best or worst moments that we forgot in our list?

(NBC and E! are both part of the NBCUniversal family.)

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