NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Super Bowl ads as an expected 110 million tune in to watch the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots face off (all times local):
First -time Super Bowl advertiser 84 Lumber said its original ad showed "a wall" and was rejected for being too controversial. The ad that aired during the game showed a mother and daughter traveling through Mexico, then directed viewers to go online to see the conclusion of their story.
The website provided by the company appeared to be having some problems, but the full ad was also available on YouTube.
The spot posted online runs a little under 6 minutes and shows construction workers erecting a structure. The mother and daughter are then shown coming upon a towering wall, and appearing defeated. As it turns out, the workers were building a massive wooden gate in the wall, and the mother and daughter push through it to cross into the other side.
The ad ends with the words, "The will to succeed is always welcome here."
While a few other advertisers hit on relatively safe themes of inclusiveness, the spot by 84 Lumber appeared to take a more direct stand against President Donald Trump's promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
T-Mobile's first ad of the night has aired, and there are still three more to go.
The first one shows pop star Justin Bieber narrating a mock history of end zone celebrations and features Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski and Terrell Owens.
Coming up in the third quarter, another T-Mobile ad will bring together Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg and several marijuana puns. That includes Stewart suggesting "greenery" while holding house plants and "pot" while holding up cooking pots.
Yet another T-Mobile ad later will show comedian Kristen Schaal in a spoof of the erotic novel "50 Shades of Grey."
"I love getting hit with surprise fees," Schaal says.
T-Mobile did not pre-release its final ad, which the company said will air in the fourth quarter.
An ad by a trade group sought to rebrand oil's image, opening with the line that "This ain't your daddy's oil."
The ad showed a series of colorful ways oil is apparently used, including in spray paint and makeup. It said the "oil pumps life," ''oil runs cleaner" and "oil explores space" — unexpected phrases for many that drew some mockery on social media.
The American Petroleum Institute says on its website that it represents the oil and natural gas industry, including producers, refiners, suppliers and pipeline operators.
Coke seemed to make a statement about political climate early on with an ad that celebrates the country's diversity.
The ad first aired during Super Bowl 2014, and provoked anger in some corners because it featured "America the Beautiful" sung in different languages and a shot of gay parents. Coke notes that it has continued to run the "It's Beautiful" ad during major TV events, and says it "makes sense" to air it before the Super Bowl this year.
Coke isn't alone with its message about inclusion. An NFL ad during the second half will also focus on the game's power to unite people no matter their background.
Meanwhile, the Coke ads that will run during the game are less likely to generate conversation. Both those are previously aired ads, including one that promotes its soda as a good pairing with food.
Are Super Bowl advertisers trying to put fans on a diet?
Not quite, but a couple of the ads give a glimpse into food trends. The first quarter is expected to include a spot by Avocados From Mexico touting the "good fats" in its product. The marketing group says this is the third year it's running a Super Bowl ad.
PepsiCo, meanwhile, says it's only running ads for zero-calorie drinks. That includes an ad for its new bottled water, Lifewtr, which marks PepsiCo's push into pricier bottled water segment as Americans have cut back on traditional sodas. The company says the Super Bowl halftime show will be also sponsored by Pepsi Zero Sugar, instead of regular Pepsi.
Pepsi Zero Sugar is the new name for Pepsi Max. The word "max" apparently wasn't the best way to convey that a drink has minimal calories.
Budweiser's ad featuring the story of its immigrant co-founder has already grabbed some pre-game attention.
The ad chronicles the story of Adolphus Busch's journey in the 1850s from Germany to the U.S., where locals tell him he should "go back home" and that he doesn't "look like you're from around here." The 60-second spot was pre-released last week, just days after President Trump's order temporarily banning refugees and nearly all citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Anheuser-Busch said the ad isn't meant to be political, and that it started work on the spot in May.
Still, Budweiser vice president Richard Marques acknowledged it would be "foolish" to think the current political environment isn't fueling attention for the ad. Marques added that Budweiser as a beer brand is inherently bipartisan.