If you don’t think Adam Levine or Tom Brady is cute, then you should have been watching Animal Planet’s 15th annual Puppy Bowl instead of Superbwol 53. In yet another adorable triumph, this year’s competition saw over 90 rescued puppies from over 50 shelters across the United States compete for the Chewy Lombarky Trophy. “Team Ruff” edged out “Team Fluff” for the win in the end, with the final score 59-51. Animal Planet shared an adorable video of Ruff’s captain, Bennett, accepting the award on behalf of the team.

For the 15th year, Animal Planet streamed their annual Puppy Bowl online, as part of their ongoing efforts to help get these abandoned dogs adopted. Throughout the game, which is basically just a delightful display of adorable pups fighting over chew toys and inadvertently “scoring,” host Scott Graham reminds viewers that each of these puppies is available for adoption. After the show, viewers are encouraged to visit Animal Planet’s Pet Adoption Resources page for information on which puppies are available where. But whether every dog gets adopted or not, the Puppy Bowl finds its success in raising awareness about pet adoption in the United States.


This year, after a close game, Team Ruff took home the top prize, breaking Team Fluff’s two-year winning streak. The night’s MVP (“Most Valuable Puppy”) award was given to Bumble, a blind and deaf dog who is the first special needs dog to win the honor. The “Underdog” award went to a pup named Will.

Even celebrities like Mark Hamill got into the game, with Hamill calling the game his “favorite sporting event” on Twitter.

Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XV premiered online on Sunday, February 3, right before Super Bowl 53. The full episode can be found on Animal Planet’s website.

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