Between the bad commercials, Beyonce's halftime gig, the Harbaugh brothers and the action on the field, the jokesters of Twitter had plenty to snicker about during Sunday's Super Bowl.
But then the lights went out in the Superdome, and Twitter really heated up.
The year's most-watched sporting event, interrupted by a 35-minute delay in the third quarter, may forever be known as the #Blackout Bowl. The bizarre interlude seemed to energize the San Francisco 49ers and the Twitterverse, which until then had been complaining about the one-sided game.
Twitter said its volume of chatter spiked during the blackout, reaching 231,500 tweets per minute. In total, there were 24.1 million tweets posted about the game and its halftime show, said Twitter in a blog post. By the beginning of the second half, Twitter said its volume of tweets had already surpassed last year's total for the whole game.
We by no means saw all of them, but here are some of our favorites:
James Burnett ?-- The guy refereeing Puppy Bowl IX must be thinking, "I did not get into broadcasting to call 'poopy penalty!' with a straight face."
Savannah Guthrie -- Just 700 more calories til kickoff! ?#superbowl
Onion Sports Network -- Randy Moss placing hand on chest where he thinks human heart is located ?#SuperBowl
The Sklar Brothers -- No need to rush the Anthem, Alicia. ?#SB47 ?#sklarbowl
Jim Spellman ??-- Wait...these coaches are brothers? Someone shoulda done a story about that! ?#superbowl
Betch ??-- I am here for the butts, the biceps and Beyonce. ?#SuperBowl47
Joshua Topolsky -- So annoying the way this game keeps interrupting the commercials.
Rachel Sterbenz ??-- Well watching that GoDaddy commercial with my 95 year old grandpa was awkward...?#superbowl47
Athena ?-- ?#nodaddy ?#superbowl I don't know what to do with that go daddy commercial. I think I need therapy.
Joel McHale -- Alright, now let's see which Harbaugh brother will finally win their father's respect and approval. #SuperBowl
FrostyFeast ??-- Nobody thinks the cookie is the best part. Nice try, Oreo, you're not gonna trick me into promoting your product on Twi--dammit. ?#superbowl
Doug and Polly White -- Our 6 yr old granddaughter just asked if the players in black were the raisins ?#superbowl47" lol!
Evan Banned ??-- The man in the stripey shirt said something and half the people were happy and the other half the people were not so much. ?#superbowl
Hayden Black ??-- Jared doesn't say a word in his new Subway ad because if they'd let him, he'd have said "help me." ?#Superbowl47
Ed Bott -- This is the best episode of The Wire, ever.
Team Coco ??-- The ultimate Super Bowl commercial would feature a woman in a bikini riding a talking horse while eating a Crunchy Beefrageous Cheeserrito
Greg Miller ??-- They just teleported the rest of Destiny's Child to the ?#SuperBowl from the alternate dimension Beyonce trapped them in.
Ali LeRoi -- It was nice to see ?#DestinyChildren in their new jobs as backup dancers ?#superbowl
Onion Sports Network ??-- JaMarcus Russell Terrier Shows Up To Puppy Bowl 30 Pounds Overweight ?#SuperBowl
Robert Hernandez ??-- Did Bane just take over the ?#SuperBowl or something?!