Leave it to Eli Manning to steal the spotlight from Tom Brady in a Super Bowl again -- this time without even being there.
While Brady and the New England Patriots were losing Super Bowl LII to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, Manning and Odell Beckham, Jr. starred in one of the most popular and best Super Bowl commercials which aired during the game on NBC. It featured Manning and Beckham doing a choreographed touchdown celebration to the "(I've Had) The Time of My Life" from the "Dirty Dancing" soundtrack, complete with some of that movie's most famous moves.
Manning did most of the wildest dancing, including a head-spinning and startlingly accurate homage to Patrick Swayze's dancing in the movie's final scene. He was also joined by some of his offensive linemen. Giants safety Landon Collins made a cameo appearance in the commercial for the NFL, too.
Here are a few more fun facts from the Manning-Beckham "Dirty Dancing" spot:
- The commercial was shot just two weeks ago inside the fieldhouse at the Giants' practice facility. So yes, it does appear that Beckham's surgically repaired ankle is doing just fine.
- Those are mostly real Giants offensive linemen that join Manning for his dance. That's Brett Jones (69) and D.J. Fluker (76) on the left, and John Jerry (77), Chad Wheeler (63) and Jon Greco (63).
- The other offensive lineman? He's wearing No. 60, but he's not Kristjan Sokoli -- a guard from Bloomfield, N.J, who spent a week on the Giants' practice squad last season, signed a reserve/future contract with the team on New Year's Day, and is listed as No. 60 on the current roster. He's also not former Giants center Shaun O'Hara, who wore No. 60 during his time in New York. This No. 60, according to the Giants, is an actor.
- The coach on the sideline who looks like he's going to stop all the fun before Giants safety Landon Collins holds him back and says "Just let 'em dance"? He's an actor, too. The Giants hadn't officially introduced Pat Shurmur as their new head coach yet, so there was no coaching staff in place.
- Who taught Manning and Beckham those great dance moves? The spot was choreographed by Stephanie Klemons, an associate choreographer and dance captain for the Broadway sensation "Hamilton."