There were plenty of celebrities in the crowd, including Spike Lee, Tim Tebow, Ice-T and Lindsey Vonn — complete with crutches as she recovers from a knee injury that will prevent her from competing at the Sochi Olympics.
Mary J. Blige, John Legend and Marc Anthony entertained a crowd that paid $2,500 a person to get into Cipriani's 42nd Street for an event sponsored by Shape and Men's Fitness magazines.
Legend said he never thought he'd see the day a Super Bowl came to New York City. Then he corrected himself: "More accurately, New Jersey."
With that, Legend launched into a song by one of New Jersey's favorite sons, Bruce Springsteen.
"Dancing in the Dark."
A perfect song for this night.
BOOBIRDS FOR CHRISTIE: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie must've felt like a Super Bowl kicker who missed a big kick.
Or, more accurately, a politician mired in scandal.
Christie was greeted with a scattering of boos during a ceremony in Times Square handing off the big game to next year's hosts in Glendale, Ariz. Leaders of the New York-New Jersey organizing committee gave a platter to their Arizona counterparts.
Christie has been under fire after his top aides orchestrated a traffic mess on the George Washington Bridge connecting New York and New Jersey, apparently in retribution against a political opponent. He has denied any knowledge and didn't seem affected by the crowd's response, which also included some cheers.
AND NOW, FOR THE WEATHER: Remember all those worries about playing the NFL's biggest game outdoors in a cold-weather city?
Turns out, this likely won't even be the coldest Super Bowl.
Forecasters were calling for a high of 49 degrees on Sunday, with the evening low only expected to dip to 32 degrees (and that will surely be after the game is over).
At the 1972 Super Bowl in New Orleans, the temperature was a reported 34 degrees with a wind chill of 24. It now seems highly unlikely to get that cold at MetLife Stadium, though the chance of evening precipitation was picking up.
There was a 50 percent shot of rain or snow flurries.
Associated Press writers Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Mesfin Fekadu and Jocelyn Noveck contributed to this report.
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