Commercials aim to win off the field

For a lot of people, the biggest competition during the big game isn’t on the field, it’s during the breaks. Commercial fans love finding out the buzzworthy ads of the year.

Advertisers spend millions and months coming up with a winning game plan, all for a quick 30 second or minute spot that runs during the biggest night in the NFL.

In one commercial this year, a catchy song and some chips turned into a romance movie. That’s a touchdown for a commercial.

Jeff Bucki, Associate Creative Director at Travers Collins, says remembering the company, not only the commercial, makes a $4 million 30-second add worth it.

Bucki said, “It’s a chance to get people to say ‘okay, I like that spot and I like that company.’ So it’s kind of that hook.”

Budweiser knows how to play the game well. Bucki says every year, the more than 100 million people who tune in wait for the beer adds that get even the toughest football fans to shed a tear.

“Everyone says animals and babies, you can’t go wrong,” said Bucki.

Some commercials have already been shared, but there will be some surprises too.

The game hasn’t even started but already flags are being thrown. The company who makes an add starring Scarlett Johansson, was asked to take out the line “Coke and Pepsi,” because Pepsi is sponsoring the halftime show.

But it is 2014 and the company challenged the call on social media by starting a hashtag #sorrycokeandpepsi, and that seems to be a trend, more companies aren’t just relying on Sunday, they’re also counting on social media to help them win their big game. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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