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Super Bowl Winners & Losers

The New York Giants weren't the only victors when they beat the New England Patriots 21-17 in the Super Bowl on Feb. 5. Here's a rundown of some of the NBC telecast's champs and chumps

Winners
Kelly Clarkson
No Aguilera-style gaffes and no showy melismatic overreaching for the pop diva. Just an honest and powerful rendition of ''The Star-Spangled Banner.''

Madonna
The Material Girl's energetic, marching-band-backed halftime show with guests like Cee Lo Green and Nicki Minaj helped wash away the awful aftertaste from last year's performers, the Black Eyed Peas.

Doritos' slingshot-baby ad
Volkswagen's Star Wars pups were strong with the Force, but they were edged out by the chip company's wacky fan-sourced commercial directed by documentarian Kevin T. Willson.

The Voice
NBC aired the singing competition after the game, and the move paid off: A mind-boggling 37.6 million people tuned in, the highest rating for a nonsports telecast on any network in six years.

Losers
M.I.A.
The too-cool-for-school agit-pop guest star flipped America the bird in the midst of an otherwise sparkling halftime show.

Roland Martin
A tweet from the CNN commentator asking his followers to ''smack the ish'' out of men who were excited for David Beckham's racy underwear ad has the gay advocacy group GLAAD on the attack.

Movie trailers
USA Today and Facebook's viewer survey showed that few people online rated the night's Hollywood commercials very highly. At press time, the spot for the massively budgeted John Carter hadn't even cracked the top 50.

Gisele Bündchen
The supermodel's pregame email to friends urging them to pray for husband and Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was all for naught. And then she was caught on video slamming Brady's teammates after the game.

Originally posted Feb 10, 2012 Published in issue #1194 Feb 17, 2012 Order article reprints