Super Bowl Sunday might have been a Patriot Eagles vs. New England Patriots affair, but the New York Giants decided to take a bit of the spotlight for themselves.
Wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and quarterback Eli Manning reenacted the iconic lift from Dirty Dancing for an NFL commercial during Super Bowl LII.
During a practice session, the Giants take a break, leading Manning and Beckham to make eye contact and begin dancing.
For thirty teams, Super Bowl isn’t the end of the season – it’s the start of next season. Watch Eli, @OBJ_3, @TheHumble_21 and the @Giants O-line put in the work in our #SBLII commercial. pic.twitter.com/QP6UducMYa
— NFL (@NFL) February 5, 2018
The ad included memorable callbacks to Jennifer Grey’s laugh (which Beckham mimics) and a dance solo for Manning a la Patrick Swayze.
And people on Twitter marveled at the sight of Manning lifting Beckham into the air to the iconic song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life.”
I’ve been corrected #DirtyDancing
— Chad Michael Murray (@ChadMMurray) February 5, 2018
That Eli Manning/Dirty Dancing commercial was
— Harry Shum Jr (@HarryShumJr) February 5, 2018
Actor Chad Michael Murray loved the ad, tweeting, “Eli Manning just won my heart… #FlashDance #Incredible #SuperBowlCommercial #SuperBowl #EliManning,” although he later corrected himself on the film the two recreated.
Actor Harry Shum Jr. agreed, tweeting, “That Eli Manning/Dirty Dancing commercial was” along with several clapping emojis.
Eli Manning just won his 3rd Super Bowl MVP with that OBJ spot.
— Bonnie Bernstein (@BonnieBernstein) February 5, 2018
The Eli Manning/Odell Beckam commercial brought fans in Minneapolis to their feet.#SuperBowlhttps://t.co/7J9WI0mipc
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) February 5, 2018
The Dirty Dancing spoof was the only funny commercial that I’ve seen so far
— Wayward Potato of Defiance (@DrLatigo) February 5, 2018
Super Bowl LII included several memorable moments and commercials, including one with actor Danny DeVito, who transformed into an M&M in a genius casting move that Twitter approved of.
Justin Timberlake took the stage during the halftime show performing a slew of hits from his nearly 20-year musical career and receiving several praises from his famous friends — while Twitter took particular notice of his inclusion of “Rock Your Body” which was performed during “Nipplegate” in 2004 alongside Janet Jackosn.
Super Bowl LII is being played Sunday at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is airing live on NBC.