Following last night’s insanely well-played, neck-and-neck Super Bowl XLIX game, half of America cried tears of joy while the other half sobbed crocodile tears stemming from a serious heartbreak. A near end zone interception potentially prevented the Seattle Seahawks from winning consecutive titles, while providing Tom Brady and Bill Belichick with a history-making fourth championship as a quarterback/coach combination.
The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, along with a spectacularly star-studded selection of singers, paid homage to the winning New England Patriots with an all-star collaboration of Queen’s infamous “We Are the Champions.” Included in the Brady Bunch-esque musical skit were two of country music’s most renowned “champions,” Carrie Underwood and Blake Shelton.
Fallon enlisted The Roots to perform the instrumental portions of the piece, while calling on some of today’s most popular vocalists to provide the lyrics to the notable tune. Carrie and Blake, along with Jimmy Fallon, Sam Smith, Ariana Grande, Usher, Meghan Trainor, One Direction, and Christina Aguilera, were chosen to help celebrate the ultimate winners of the controversial final game of the 2014 National Football League (“NFL”) season.
This video is a must-see, whether you are a celebrating Patriots supporter or a Monday morning quarterback questioning the decision by the Seahawks to pass the ball in the final minute of the game with the best running back in the NFL on the field. Regardless of who took home the Lombardi Trophy, whose balls were deflated, and whose confidence and hearts were inflated after the game, both teams represented their divisions as champions and can revel in the meaning of this song.
As much as it pains me to say this: Congratulations to the New England Patriots on their Super Bowl XLIX victory!