Reports had leaked out last month about Justin Timberlake performing at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, and on Sunday, the NFL provided confirmation. The 36-year-old Grammy winner will return to the biggest stage in the country’s most-watched TV show for the first time since his infamous “wardrobe malfunction” moment with Janet Jackson in 2004.
Of the way his experience differed with that of Jackson, Timberlake said in a 2006 interview with MTV, “It’s an understatement to say that it was sort of unfair. If you consider it 50/50, I probably got 10 percent of the blame. And I think that says something about society. I think that America’s harsher on women and I think that America’s unfairly harsh on ethnic people.”
Right guard Brandon Brooks and right tackle Lane Johnson were very physical in the run game, and both gave up a couple of pressures, but their positive play this season has really given their quarterbacks great time and throwing lanes for the run-pass option, which many times includes slants to the right side. While there was concern all week about left tackle Halapoulivaati Vaitai going against Everson Griffen in this game, he was very solid and only allowed a pair of pressures, proving to many that he is a starter in this league.
The lone sack allowed occurred because of a running back chip on Johnson’s man; knocked off the block, Johnson ended up tripping. It’s a comical play, to say the least, as the chip is supposed to help the tackle in need. In this case, he really didn’t need the help, but I don’t think any offensive linemen will be complaining about getting chips in the future.
It may seem like quarterback Eli Manning will play forever, but eventually Big Blue will have to find his successor, and the No. 1 pick would allow them to select any of the aforementioned quarterbacks pegged to go at the top of the draft, a tantalizing upgrade over current backup Davis Webb, a third-round pick in 2017.