VIDEO | Did you have a favorite? Watch 2015’s Super Bowl commercials
(Feb. 2, 2015) – Some people come for the game, some come for the food, some come for the halftime show and others come just for the commercials.
Super Bowl XLIX offered a little something for everyone, including celebrity cameos, humor and commercials that tugged at the heartstrings.
Of course, it wouldn’t be the Super Bowl without some controversy. Nationwide took it on the chin for its ad, which featured a child recounting the experiences he missed in life because he died in an accident. Social media reaction to the commercial was so severe, Nationwide issued a statement:
Preventable injuries around the home are the leading cause of childhood deaths in America. Most people don’t know that. Nationwide ran an ad during the Super Bowl that started a fierce conversation. The sole purpose of this message was to start a conversation, not sell insurance. We want to build awareness of an issue that is near and dear to all of us-the safety and well being of our children. We knew the ad would spur a variety of reactions. In fact, thousands of people visited MakeSafeHappen.com, a new website to help educate parents and caregivers with information and resources in an effort to make their homes safer and avoid a potential injury or death. Nationwide has been working with experts for more than 60 years to make homes safer. While some did not care for the ad, we hope it served to begin a dialogue to make safe happen for children everywhere.
You can watch the ad here:
Chevrolet gave viewers a heart attack with its ad, which touted 4G LTE Wi-Fi in the Chevy Colorado truck. For a moment, it looked like the Super Bowl transmission had cut out:
Nissan went straight for the heart with its ad featuring a race car driver:
Snickers put together a memorable ad using a little technical wizardry to put Danny Trejo and Steve Buscemi in an episode of “The Brady Bunch”:
Some viewers got a chuckle out of a TurboTax ad imagining what would’ve happened during the Revolutionary War if the British had offered free tax filing:
T-Mobile turned to Kim Kardashian for its commercial about “rollover” data:
One of Microsoft’s ads featured a little boy named Braylon who was born missing the tibia and fibula bones in both of his legs:
Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel poked fun at themselves for a BMW ad:
Lindsay Lohan and Bryan Cranston were game for some self-deprecating humor in a pair of Esurance commercials:
Actor Liam Neeson made full use of his tough-guy persona in a commercial for “Clash of Clans”:
Avocados from Mexico imagined the “first draft” in a clever ad:
Budweiser, the king of Super Bowl commercials, brought back its signature Clydesdales for an ad featuring a lost puppy:
Mercedes’ Super Bowl ad was inspired by the classic story of the tortoise and the hare: