It was not as good as the score and (admittedly) the last 14 minutes would imply.
PreBowl: I still have the hots for Faith Hill, and I still hate hearing the national anthem sung to the singer's own made-up tune and as if she were drunk and singing it in a night club.
Game: After watching the thuggery displayed by the Steelers, it's going to be a long time before I root for them again. I started out wanting them to win, but after watching one Steeler punch an opponent in the face after taking him out of bounds, and another landing repeated body blows with both fists on a downed opponent, I really wanted them to lose. Those things had nothing to do with their win, the latter resulted in a one-foot penalty for God's sake, but it was ugly.
I also got sick of the Cardinals, famous for their long-ball artistry, incessantly dinking five-yard sissy ball passes in the middle of the field, and not even doing that very well. With fifteen seconds left in the game, trailing by four points, on first down at your own 35-yard line, why do you throw a five-yard pass in the middle of the field? It gains you nothing and merely costs you your last time out.
In the first sixteen minutes of the second half the Cardinals had been limited to five offensive plays. I would say that was pretty pathetic, except that it was free of turnovers and five times better than the Chargers in the same period against the Steelers, who were limited to one offensive play and managed two turnovers to boot.
Commercials: bad years for commercials. I sort of liked the one with the guy throwing the snow globe (it's a guy thing), and my wife and I both loved the Clydesdale recovering the log. The rest ranged from "meh" to "Oh my God." Corporations are losing millions and laying off thousands of people, but NBC sold out their commercial time slots at record prices to air this?
Well, NASCAR starts in two weeks. Oh crap, its on ESPN though.