In case you spent Sunday night under a rock that blocks off all connection to the world, you know that the Atlanta Falcons had Super Bowl 51 in the bag for most of the night. With nine minutes and 40 seconds left in the game, the Falcons were leading 28-12, just got possession of the ball back, and had a 99.9 % win probability. In other words, they were gonna win. Then, things suddenly switched.
Yes, that was an way-too-obvious pun meant to reference this commercial that aired right as the Falcons were poised to win it all:
When play started again, everything suddenly turned in the Patriots’ favor: Dont’a Hightower strip-sacked Falcons quarter back Matt Ryan for a New England recovery, leading to a touchdown that made the score 28.20. Then the Falcons blew a beautiful drive that featured a highlight reel catch from Julio Jones by getting pushed out of field goal range, thus being forced to give the ball back to Tom Brady and the Pats’ offense with 3:38 to go.
After another touchdown and two-point conversion, the game was tied 28-28, forcing overtime for the first time in Super Bowl history. The Patriots then completed the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history (lot of firsts going on there) by winning the coin toss in overtime and scoring a touchdown to win the game 34-28. Naturally, every sports fan outside of Boston bemoaned this turn of events, with some even suggesting that it was all Nintendo’s fault. How so? Well, just look at this chart that NeoGAF user MarioLinkSamus so helpfully posted:
As you can see, Nintendo timed the airing of their Switch commercial perfectly so as to guarantee a miraculous Patriots comeback and further cement Tom Brady’s status as the GOAT, all part of a nebulous plot for world domination. Thanks a lot, Nintendo.