Paul McCartney Super Bowl Halftime Show


Following an owners’ meeting that was held in Atlanta on November 1, 2000, Super Bowl XXXIX was awarded to Jacksonville.

Super Bowl XXXIX was played between the AFC’s New England Patriots and NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles on February 6, 2005, at the Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida, to decide which team would be crowned champions of the 2004 football season.

In what transpired to be a closely fought battle, the New England Patriots took the victory with a score of 24-21.

Super Bowl XXXIX was an extremely close game that saw the teams battling it out quarter by quarter. By the end of the third quarter, the score was tied at 14-14. The Patriots then started to edge ahead, scoring 10 points in the fourth quarter via a two-yard touchdown from Corey Dillion and a 22-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri. The Eagles rapidly fought back with a Greg Lewis touchdown, which came off the back of a 30-yard pass from quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Deion Branch was named MVP. During the game, he scored 11 catches (equaling the existing record) and clocked up 133 receiving yards.

Final Score: New England Patriots (AFC) – 24 Vs. Philadelphia Eagles (NFC) – 21
Date: February 6, 2005
Stadium: Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, Florida
MVP: Deion Branch, Wide Receiver
Favorite: Patriots by 7
Referee: Terry McAulay
Attendance: 78,125

Pregame: The show, “Bridging Generations,” featured the Black Eyed Peas performing with Earth, Wind and Fire, Gretchen Wilson performing with The Charlie Daniels Band, and Alicia Keys singing “America the Beautiful” (American Sign Language performance by the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind)

Anthem: Academy Cadet Chorale, U.S. Coast Guard Academy Glee Club, U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club, and U.S. Military Academy at West Point Glee Club (American Sign Language performance by Wesley Tallent)

Coin Toss: Four youth football players as well as the 2004 NFL High School Coach of the Year Bill McGregor and youth football coach Tamaris Jackson

Half time: Paul McCartney

Halftime set:

  • “Drive My Car”
  • “Get Back”
  • “Live and Let Die”
  • “Hey Jude”

The halftime show in Super Bowl XXXIX was somewhat tamer than the previous year’s fiasco involving Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake. The show’s producers and league representatives purposely chose a “safe” option in the form of Paul McCartney… and he didn’t disappoint.

Following on from the previous year’s success, Leather and Laces packed a plush nightclub full of partygoers who happily posed beneath the “Ultra VIP sign” on the red carpet leading to the venue. However, the majority of the attendees consisted of Playboy models and football players.

Since 2001, Sports Illustrated, Playboy, and Maxim have fought it out for the accolade of the best Super Bowl party. In 2005, it was perhaps Playboy that took the title. Their celebrity-packed bash attracted the likes of 50 Cent and Snoop Dog. There was also a scandal involving a well-known politician, who was pictured having fun in the middle of an array of scantily clad women.