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J-Lo, Shakira Super Bowl halftime show led to more than 1,300 FCC complaints

The halftime performance that Jennifer Lopez and Shakira headlined at Super Bowl LIV earlier this month received some backlash from people who thought it was a bit too promiscuous, and hundreds of those people were so bothered by it that they filed formal complaints.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received more than 1,300 complaints from viewers who felt the halftime show was inappropriate, according to records obtained by WFAA’s Ryan Wood. The complaints cited issues involving “extreme booty shaking” and content that “would have been considered soft porn not many years ago.”

“I do not subscribe to The Playboy Channel, we do not buy porn for $20 a flick, we simply wanted to sit down as a family and watch the Super Bowl,” one viewer from Tennessee wrote. “God forbid we expected to watch football and a quick concert but instead had our eyes molested.”

Some people were upset that no public warnings were given before the show, believing it encouraged sex trafficking and other illegal activity.

Of course, there were millions of other people who enjoyed the performance, and J-Lo’s husband Alex Rodriguez was one of them. Some were put off by the outfits Lopez and Shakiri wore, which could have been considered a bit revealing. Shakira also wagged her tongue at one point during the performance.

J-Lo described the backlash as “silliness” when discussing it at an award show the week after the Super Bowl.

“Both of us are really respectful performers who are moms and have kids and are very conscious of what we do,” Lopez said. “We did a show that I believe was a celebration of women and our Latino culture that I think was really well received.”

While more than 1,300 complaints may sound like a lot, that number is nothing compared to the more than 500,000 FCC complaints that were filed following Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction years ago.

Frank Clark rips Jimmy Garoppolo over Super Bowl struggles

Frank Clark

Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Frank Clark didn’t come away too impressed by Jimmy Garoppolo after Super Bowl LIV.

Clark trash-talked the San Francisco 49ers quarterback following the Chiefs’ 31-20 Super Bowl win, accusing the 49ers of relying on checkdowns because they weren’t confident enough in letting Garoppolo throw downfield.

“You paying the guy $140 million, $130 million, whatever he’s getting paid, man,” Clark told FOX Sports’ Peter Schrager, via Brian Witt of Yahoo Sports. “He’s gotta throw the ball. Obviously he didn’t do that. They threw for about 200 yards on checkdowns; that ain’t enough to win a game against us.”

Garoppolo is making $137.5 million over the course of his five-year deal, so Clark was pretty on point there. While “200 yards on checkdowns” is an exaggeration, there did seem to be some hesitancy on the part of the Niners to really unleash Garoppolo. Perhaps that was best evidenced late in the game, when they finally did so but he overthrew Emmanuel Sanders badly on what could have been a go-ahead touchdown with a better pass. Plenty of people theorized that a lack of trust in Garoppolo was part of the reason for the Niners’ more conservative calls, though Kyle Shanahan gave a different reason for them.

Ultimately, the 49ers quarterback went 20-of-31 for 219 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. Those numbers are definitely a little disappointing.

Clark, meanwhile, has been trash-talking foes all throughout the playoffs. He’s not going to stop now that his team has won, that’s for sure.

Kyle Shanahan explains conservative playcalls at end of first half

Kyle Shanahan 49ers

San Francisco 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan took some heat for his conservative playcalls at the end of the first half of Super Bowl LIV.

Shanahan could have gotten his team the ball back with around a minute and a half left and two timeouts in the half. Instead, he didn’t use his timeouts, and waited for the Chiefs to punt with 59 seconds left. It wasn’t until 3rd down that the Niners opened up the playbook, but an offensive pass interference call against George Kittle with 14 seconds left negated a big play to put San Francisco in field goal range. Ultimately, they went to the locker room tied at 10.

Shanahan said that he did not want to run the risk of the Chiefs getting the ball back before halftime, and thought that it would have worked out fine if not for Kittle’s penalty.

The 49ers could have been up at halftime with a bit more aggression, but Shanahan did not seem to entirely trust Jimmy Garoppolo to throw downfield. Considering what happened in the second half, maybe he should have. Plenty of people first-guessed Shanahan’s playcalling, especially in contrast with Chiefs coach Andy Reid’s willingness to go for it on 4th and short twice in the first half. If his defense holds in the second half, it’s forgotten. They didn’t, so it becomes a key talking point as people try to figure out how the 49ers fell short.

Patrick Mahomes credits Big 12 for Super Bowl win

Patrick Mahomes

The Big 12 has long been regarded as being below the caliber of the SEC and some of the other top Power-5 conferences in college football, but it has now produced a Super Bowl champion quarterback in Patrick Mahomes. And Mahomes actually believes playing in the conference contributed to his championship.

Mahomes joined NFL Network’s postgame show on Sunday after helping his Kansas City Chiefs beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20. He was asked by LaDainian Tomlinson how he rallied back from down 20-10 after throwing an interception in the fourth quarter and shared his reason.

“I kind of joke around about it sometimes, but I was kind of blessed to be in the Big 12 where you had to go and score, and if you threw an interception, you got the ball back, you try to score again. I’ve kind of had that mindset where no matter what happens the last play, just focus on the next play,” Mahomes said, crediting his college conference.

Mahomes also credited his coaches, especially offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, for preaching that mindset.

“Coach Eric Bieniemy is big on that … having people around me and coaches around me instills the confidence, I focus on the next play no matter what I did the previous play.”

Mahomes did not play his best game, but he came through in the end, and you can probably thank that mentality for helping the former Texas Tech quarterback come through.

Kyle Shanahan blows another big Super Bowl lead

Three years ago, Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons team that suffered the worst collapse in Super Bowl history. Sunday night’s collapse was not quite as bad, but Super Bowl LIV saw Shanahan’s team end up on the wrong end of another big comeback.

Shanahan’s San Francisco 49ers had a 20-10 lead when they punted the ball away with 8:53 left in the fourth quarter. Six minutes later, the Niners were behind after back-to-back Kansas City touchdown drives, and the Niners were unable to come back in what ultimately turned out to be a 31-20 loss.

That fourth quarter, combined with what happened three years ago against the New England Patriots, means Shanahan’s fourth quarter and overtime record in his two Super Bowl appearances is now astonishingly one-sided.

The win probabilities of Shanahan’s two Super Bowl appearances demonstrate just how unprecedented both collapses were, with the Niners being given a 95.3 percent chance of victory about midway through the fourth quarter Sunday.

Not all of this is down to Shanahan, but this is going to start following him around even more than it did before. It could be argued that his very conservative playcalling to end the first half deprived San Francisco of possible points that they needed later. That will be questioned, but all of it will come together to form a narrative. That narrative will likely be that not only can Shanahan not win the big one, but he and his teams are chokers. Fair or not, that’s going to start to persist until he wins the big one.

Donald Trump deletes congratulatory Chiefs tweet after mixing up Kansas, Missouri

Donald Trump had an oops! moment on Twitter after the Super Bowl on Sunday.

Trump sent a tweet congratulating the Kansas City Chiefs on winning the Super Bowl 31-20 over the San Francisco 49ers. His initial tweet congratulated the “Great State of Kansas”. Trump ended up deleting that tweet after being informed the Chiefs play in Kansas City, Missouri.

His next tweet said “Great State of Missouri” instead.

Kansas City borders Kansas, but the greater portion of it is in Missouri.

He should have just congratulated both states, or better yet, just said Kansas City to avoid all confusion!

Aaron Boone perfectly predicted Super Bowl final score

Aaron Boone

New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone has a future in sports prognostication if he wants it.

Boone dropped his Super Bowl prediction moments before kickoff. His call was for a 31-20 Chiefs win — which amazingly turned out to be the exact final score and winner.

31-20 isn’t exactly a perfectly normal final score for a football game, as it requires a few field goals. That’s part of what makes this prediction so incredible. Plenty of people make Super Bowl picks, so it’s inevitable that a few people will get it right on. You wouldn’t expect Boone to do it, though, and he even has the evidence that he made the right call ahead of time.

Given all the issues Boone’s Yankees have had in recent years with teams who allegedly knew what was coming against them, maybe it’s a good omen that Boone’s 2020 starts with a perfect prediction like this.

5 biggest reasons the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl 54

The Kansas City Chiefs cemented their status as comeback kids by rallying from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV. The game was marked by Patrick Mahomes’ fourth quarter dramatics and a very impressive performance by the Chiefs’ defense.

Here are the five biggest reasons the Chiefs were able to take the title.

1. Comeback experience

It would be very easy for a team to tighten up and fall short down 10 points with less than 10 minutes to go in the Super Bowl. It was advantageous for the Chiefs, however, to have been in this situation in both their previous playoff games. Having fallen behind 24-0 to Houston, and 17-7 to Tennessee, the Chiefs didn’t panic and knew that their quick-strike offense could get them back in front on short notice. They may not have had to come from behind in the fourth quarter yet, but those games prepared them for Sunday.

2. Patrick Mahomes arrives at the right time

At the end of the game, Mahomes made the throws that his 49ers counterpart Jimmy Garoppolo did not. The Chiefs quarterback struggled for much of the game, missing receivers and being pressured by San Francisco’s front four. That changed in the fourth quarter when the Chiefs went to a more up-tempo offense. He made several key throws, and his pass to Sammy Watkins to set up Kansas City’s go-ahead touchdown was clutch. He also made a few key runs to get first downs his team needed. This was far from Mahomes’ best performance, but he showed he has what it takes to step up when his team needed it most.

3. Defense stepped up

The Chiefs defense has often been criticized over the last two years, and there have been serious doubts whether that unit was good enough to help win a Super Bowl. On Sunday, they proved that they were. On the 49ers’ second-to-last drive, they stepped up, forced the 49ers into 3rd-and 4th-and-long situations, and forced Garoppolo off the field with a key Kendall Fuller pass breakup followed by a big sack. NFC Championship star Raheem Mostert was held to 58 rushing yards, while Garoppolo was intercepted twice. It was the performance the Chiefs needed.

4. They outran the 49ers

Expectations were high for Mostert coming into this game on the heels of his 220-yard, four-touchdown performance in the NFC Championship. He didn’t come close to that Sunday night, being held to 58 yards on just 12 carries. He was thoroughly outplayed by Kansas City’s Damien Williams, who racked up 104 yards, including two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. The Chiefs have had their issues with the run, but it was the 49ers who had those problems Sunday, and it played a huge role in the outcome.

5. Kyle Shanahan’s conservatism

The San Francisco 49ers head coach called a very strange game. The offense was working quite well in the second and third quarters, and the 49ers were really crushing the Chiefs with Deebo Samuel end-arounds. Shanahan was not aggressive late in the first half, potentially leaving points on the board that the team would need later. In the fourth quarter, instead of using Samuel to try to run out the clock, they went frequently to Mostert, who wasn’t getting much going. That inability to kill the game off left the door open for Kansas City’s comeback, and cost them in the end.

Twitter reacts to Andy Reid finally winning first Super Bowl

andy Reid Super Bowl

Andy Reid had long been regarded as one of the best coaches in the NFL, but there was one thing that eluded him: a Super Bowl win. That finally changed on Sunday.

Reid’s Chiefs came back and beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20, giving the 61-year-old his first Super Bowl title. Many on Twitter were ecstatic to see Reid finally get one.

Reid has been a head coach since 1999. He is 207-128-1 in his career, has never had a losing season since taking over Kansas City, and now has the Super Bowl title. Congratulations to him and his Chiefs.

Video: Controversial Damien Williams touchdown at goal line stands

Damien Williams touchdown

You just knew that the Super Bowl wouldn’t be able to pass without at least one close play causing a controversy. It took around 57 minutes of game action, but we finally got one.

Damien Williams took a pass from Patrick Mahomes on a 3rd-and-goal play from the San Francisco 5. Williams got close to the goal line, but there was a question of whether Richard Sherman forced him out of bounds before Williams extended the ball over the plane.

The call on the field was a touchdown, and all scoring plays are reviewed. After a review, the call stood.

The officials’ decision that the call would stand means they did not see any conclusive evidence to overturn the call. The referees also did not see enough evidence to confirm or uphold the call. That likely means if the referee initially ruled on the field that Williams was out of bounds before crossing the goal line, Kansas City would have had a 4th-and-goal.

Instead, the Chiefs ended up taking a 24-20 lead with under three minutes left in the game. They later forced a turnover on downs and scored another touchdown to make it 31-20.