A pulse-pounding video promo for yesterday’s NFL playoff games recreated the title sequence of HBO’s Game of Thrones, showcasing the two big games’ key players as regal majesties and mythical warriors. It’s a weird concept that totally works.
What’s weirder is that the clip was created by PULS 4, a TV network in Austria. Given such credentials, the Game of Thrones aspect makes sense, but who knew the land of Sigmund Freud and little canned sausages was also so captivated by the good old American gridiron?
The video, which instantly went viral, circles around a series of stadiums as the rousing Game of Thrones theme swells and gallops on the soundtrack. One by one, quarterbacks Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Russell Wilson, and Colin Kaepernick appear, lauded by German text declaring them heroes in pursuit of a single throne. At the end, one statement in plain English spells out all that need be said: “Mission Super Bowl.” Which turned out pretty well for the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks.
All that’s missing is a proper Winterfell swordsman to separate the head of Fox Sports mascot Cleatus from his stupid dancing robot body.
Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin will likely be thrilled. Martin himself is an outspoken football devotee, in general, and a New York Giants fanatic in particular. He once remarked to Sports Illustrated that he thinks of the Giants as the Starks, who are the heroes of the Game of Thrones saga. When asked about Big Blue’s archrivals–that being the New England Patriots–Martin joked, “Maybe those would be the Lannisters.”
But that’s fantasy and this is football, so you know Martin didn’t really mean that “maybe.”

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