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Super Bowl XLVII

A Side-By-Side Comparison Of Your Super Bowl And Puppy Bowl Starting Lineups

In which we compare the starting lineups of the Super Bowl and the Puppy Bowl to predict which crew has more bite and which is more like a chew toy.

  • <p>Name: Dashon Goldson<br />
Breed: 49ers<br />
Position: Safety<br />
Age: 28</p>

<p>Name: Eli<br />
Breed(s): German Shepherd/Pit Bull mix<br />
Sex: Male<br />
Age: 10 weeks<br />
Adoption Organization: Bergen County Animal Shelter</p>

<p>Analysis: An exceptional safety with several unnecessary-roughness calls this season, Goldson is nothing to sniff at. Unfortunately, that’s precisely what Eli will do for most of the game--sniff. It’s kind of his thing.</p>
  • <p>Name: Ray Rice<br />
Breed: Ravens<br />
Position: Running Back<br />
Age: 26</p>

<p>Name: Cash<br />
Breed(s): Pit Bull<br />
Sex: Male<br />
Age: 15 weeks<br />
Adoption Organization: Greene Street Animal Rescue</p>

<p>One of these warriors has a not-so-secret belly rub problem. We’ll let you decide who might be lying supine with his legs in the air on the field on Sunday.</p>
  • <p>Name: Justin Smith <br />
Breed: 49ers<br />
Age: 33<br />
Position: Defensive End<br />
 <br />
Name: Koda<br />
Breed(s): Catahoula/Boston Terrier mix<br />
Age: 4 months<br />
Adoption Organization: GROWL</p>

<p>Ananlysis: Smith’s a pretty big guy, even for a defensive end, but Koda’s batwing ears give him the loft to <em>get there</em>.</p>
  • <p>Name: Ray Lewis<br />
Breed: Ravens<br />
Position: Linebacker<br />
Age: 37</p>

<p>Name: Elias<br />
Breed(s): Pit Bull<br />
Age: 12 weeks<br />
Adoption Organization: Angel City Pit Bulls</p>

<p>Analysis: Lewis is known as one of the greatest linebackers of all time, but Elias is the kind of competitor that could make Caesar Millan sit. Elias to Lewis: "Chh!"</p>
  • <p>Name: Patrick Willis<br />
Position: Linebacker<br />
Breed: 49ers<br />
Age: 28</p>

<p>Name: Pearl<br />
Breed(s): Australian Catahoula/Labrador Retriever mix<br />
Sex: Female<br />
Age: 9 weeks<br />
Adoption Organization: Bonnie Blue Rescue</p>

<p>Don’t let Pearl the Pearl’s adorable blonde looks fool you. Bitch can throw down.</p>
  • <p>Name: Torrey Smith <br />
Breed: Ravens <br />
Age: 24<br />
Position: Wide Receiver</p>

<p>Name: Simba<br />
Breed(s): Japanese Chin<br />
Age: 8 weeks<br />
Adoption Organization: Tails of Love Animal Rescue</p>

<p>Analysis: Smith is described as a deep threat for the Ravens. But one look at Simba’s two pounds of sheer attitude and balls start dropping up and down the field.</p>
  • <p>Name: Aldon Smith <br />
Breed: 49ers <br />
Age: 23<br />
Position: Linebacker</p>

<p>Name: Chestnut<br />
Breed(s): Labrador Retriever/Australian Shepherd Mix mix<br />
Age: 9 weeks<br />
Adoption Organization: Bonnie Blue Rescue</p>

<p>Analysis: Look into Smith’s eyes and you’ll see the hunger that comes from not having had a sack in five games. Look into the limpid eyes of Chestnut and know that he’s just going to go straight to the snuggle play every time.</p>
  • <p>Name: Dennis Pitta <br />
Breed: Ravens <br />
Age: 27<br />
Position: Tight End</p>

<p>Name: Daisy<br />
Breed(s): Yorkshire Terrier<br />
Age: 12 weeks<br />
Adoption Organization: Shih Tzu and Furbaby Rescue</p>

<p>Analysis: Ravens tight end Pitta has all the right moves, but you should see Daisy move when she’s got hold of the (soon to be illegal) squeaky ball. Tough luck, Pitta!</p>
  • <p>Name: Joe Flacco <br />
Breed: Ravens <br />
Position: Quarterback <br />
Age: 28</p>

<p>Name: Agatha<br />
Breed: Miniature Pinscher<br />
Age: 9 weeks<br />
Adoption Organization: IMPS (Internet Miniature Pinscher Services)</p>

<p>Analysis: This clash of the titans does not end well. What it comes down to, though, is that while Flacco can throw, Agatha can catch and also return, repeatedly. Word is that Agatha has a better personality, too.</p>
  • <p>Name: Colin Kaepernick<br />
Breed: 49ers<br />
Position: QB<br />
Age: 25</p>

<p>Name: Harry<br />
Breed(s): Chocolate Dachshund Smooth<br />
Sex: Male<br />
Age: 12 weeks<br />
Adoption Organization: Furever Dachshund Rescue</p>

<p>One of the game’s key match-ups. Kaepernick rose to glory as a replacement for regular QB Alex Smith. The tattooed 25-year-old is a threat in the air and on the ground. But don’t underestimate "Dirty" Harry and his 3-inch legs--his kind has been known to take down bears. A hipster prospector ain’t no thang.</p>
  • <p>Name: Anquan Boldin <br />
Breed: Ravens <br />
Position: Wide Receiver <br />
Age: 32</p>

<p>Name: Jenny<br />
Breed(s): Pit Bull/Hound mix<br />
Age: 13 weeks<br />
Adoption Organization: Pitty Love Rescue</p>

<p>Analysis: As of press time, Jenny was making field poopy, so I’m afraid this one automatically goes to Boldin.</p>
  • <p>Name: LaMichael James<br />
Breed: 49ers<br />
Position: Running Back<br />
Age: 23</p>

<p>Name: Marta<br />
Breed(s): Schnauzer/Beagle mix<br />
Sex: Female<br />
Adoption Organization: AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport</p>

<p>Analysis: James has got a lot of power in his stride, but when it comes to gamboling, he ain’t got nothing on Marta.</p>
  • <p>Name: Vernon Davis<br />
Breed: 49ers<br />
Position: Tight End<br />
Age: 28</p>

<p>Name: Juniper<br />
Breed(s): Great Pyrenees<br />
Sex: Female<br />
Age: 12 weeks<br />
Adoption Organization: Big Fluffy Dog Rescue</p>

<p>Analysis: Davis caught five passes for 106 yards and a touchdown during the 49ers’ NFC Championship win. Meanwhile, Juniper got winded in the park when a kite fell on her and may be on the DL.</p>
  • <p>Name: Ed Reed<br />
Position: Safety<br />
Breed: Ravens<br />
Age: 34</p>

<p>Name: Biscuit<br />
Breed(s): Puerto Rican Sato<br />
Sex: Female<br />
Age: 12 weeks<br />
Adoption Organization: The Sato Project</p>

<p>Reed is known as the NFL’s most fearsome interceptor and may have the edge over Biscuit, who sometimes gets distracted by Poe, the Ravens mascot.</p>
  • <p>Name: Haloti Ngata<br />
Breed: Ravens<br />
Position: Defensive End<br />
Age: 29</p>

<p>Name: Shadow<br />
Breed(s): Catahoula/Labrador Retriever mix<br />
Sex: Male<br />
Age: 9 weeks<br />
Adoption Organization: Bonnie Blue Rescue</p>

<p>Ngata is a clutch member of the Ravens’ defense but has struggled with injuries this season. He’s no match for a freshly weaned Shadow.</p>
  • <p>Name: David Akers<br />
Breed: 49ers<br />
Position: Placekicker<br />
Age: 38</p>

<p>Name: Butterscotch<br />
Breed(s): Puerto Rican Sato<br />
Sex: Female<br />
Age: 12 weeks<br />
Adoption Organization: The Sato Project</p>

<p>Veteran Akers missed a league-high 14 tries this season so he’s bound to be psyched out, particularly when bad-sport Butterscotch starts with the choke chants.</p>
  • <p>Name: Terrell Suggs<br />
Breed: Ravens<br />
Position: Outside Linebacker<br />
Age: 30</p>

<p>Name: Copper<br />
Breed(s): Dachshund/English Pit Bull mix<br />
Sex: Male<br />
Age: 9 weeks<br />
Adoption Organization: Furever Dachshund Rescue</p>

<p>Suggs is part of a tough defense but Copper don’t heel for anyone.</p>
  • <p>Name: Frank Gore<br />
Breed: 49ers<br />
Position: Running Back<br />
Age: 29</p>

<p>Name: Fitz<br />
Breed(s): Catahoula mix<br />
Sex: Male<br />
Age: 10 weeks<br />
Adoption Organization: All 4 The Dogs Rescue</p>

<p>Fitz, aka "Gatsby" is known more for his sartorial style off the field than for his game lately. Gore wants it more.</p>
  • 01 /18
    | Goldson vs Eli

    Name: Dashon Goldson
    Breed: 49ers
    Position: Safety
    Age: 28

    Name: Eli
    Breed(s): German Shepherd/Pit Bull mix
    Sex: Male
    Age: 10 weeks
    Adoption Organization: Bergen County Animal Shelter

    Analysis: An exceptional safety with several unnecessary-roughness calls this season, Goldson is nothing to sniff at. Unfortunately, that’s precisely what Eli will do for most of the game--sniff. It’s kind of his thing.

  • 02 /18
    | Rice vs Cash

    Name: Ray Rice
    Breed: Ravens
    Position: Running Back
    Age: 26

    Name: Cash
    Breed(s): Pit Bull
    Sex: Male
    Age: 15 weeks
    Adoption Organization: Greene Street Animal Rescue

    One of these warriors has a not-so-secret belly rub problem. We’ll let you decide who might be lying supine with his legs in the air on the field on Sunday.

  • 03 /18
    | Smith vs. Koda

    Name: Justin Smith
    Breed: 49ers
    Age: 33
    Position: Defensive End

    Name: Koda
    Breed(s): Catahoula/Boston Terrier mix
    Age: 4 months
    Adoption Organization: GROWL

    Ananlysis: Smith’s a pretty big guy, even for a defensive end, but Koda’s batwing ears give him the loft to get there.

  • 04 /18
    | Lewis vs. Elias

    Name: Ray Lewis
    Breed: Ravens
    Position: Linebacker
    Age: 37

    Name: Elias
    Breed(s): Pit Bull
    Age: 12 weeks
    Adoption Organization: Angel City Pit Bulls

    Analysis: Lewis is known as one of the greatest linebackers of all time, but Elias is the kind of competitor that could make Caesar Millan sit. Elias to Lewis: "Chh!"

  • 05 /18
    | Willis vs Pearl

    Name: Patrick Willis
    Position: Linebacker
    Breed: 49ers
    Age: 28

    Name: Pearl
    Breed(s): Australian Catahoula/Labrador Retriever mix
    Sex: Female
    Age: 9 weeks
    Adoption Organization: Bonnie Blue Rescue

    Don’t let Pearl the Pearl’s adorable blonde looks fool you. Bitch can throw down.

  • 06 /18
    | Smith vs. Simba

    Name: Torrey Smith
    Breed: Ravens
    Age: 24
    Position: Wide Receiver

    Name: Simba
    Breed(s): Japanese Chin
    Age: 8 weeks
    Adoption Organization: Tails of Love Animal Rescue

    Analysis: Smith is described as a deep threat for the Ravens. But one look at Simba’s two pounds of sheer attitude and balls start dropping up and down the field.

  • 07 /18
    | Smith vs. Chestnut

    Name: Aldon Smith
    Breed: 49ers
    Age: 23
    Position: Linebacker

    Name: Chestnut
    Breed(s): Labrador Retriever/Australian Shepherd Mix mix
    Age: 9 weeks
    Adoption Organization: Bonnie Blue Rescue

    Analysis: Look into Smith’s eyes and you’ll see the hunger that comes from not having had a sack in five games. Look into the limpid eyes of Chestnut and know that he’s just going to go straight to the snuggle play every time.

  • 08 /18
    | Pitta vs. Daisy

    Name: Dennis Pitta
    Breed: Ravens
    Age: 27
    Position: Tight End

    Name: Daisy
    Breed(s): Yorkshire Terrier
    Age: 12 weeks
    Adoption Organization: Shih Tzu and Furbaby Rescue

    Analysis: Ravens tight end Pitta has all the right moves, but you should see Daisy move when she’s got hold of the (soon to be illegal) squeaky ball. Tough luck, Pitta!

  • 09 /18
    | Flacco vs. Agatha

    Name: Joe Flacco
    Breed: Ravens
    Position: Quarterback
    Age: 28

    Name: Agatha
    Breed: Miniature Pinscher
    Age: 9 weeks
    Adoption Organization: IMPS (Internet Miniature Pinscher Services)

    Analysis: This clash of the titans does not end well. What it comes down to, though, is that while Flacco can throw, Agatha can catch and also return, repeatedly. Word is that Agatha has a better personality, too.

  • 10 /18
    | Kaepernick vs Harry

    Name: Colin Kaepernick
    Breed: 49ers
    Position: QB
    Age: 25

    Name: Harry
    Breed(s): Chocolate Dachshund Smooth
    Sex: Male
    Age: 12 weeks
    Adoption Organization: Furever Dachshund Rescue

    One of the game’s key match-ups. Kaepernick rose to glory as a replacement for regular QB Alex Smith. The tattooed 25-year-old is a threat in the air and on the ground. But don’t underestimate "Dirty" Harry and his 3-inch legs--his kind has been known to take down bears. A hipster prospector ain’t no thang.

  • 11 /18
    | Boldin vs. Jenny

    Name: Anquan Boldin
    Breed: Ravens
    Position: Wide Receiver
    Age: 32

    Name: Jenny
    Breed(s): Pit Bull/Hound mix
    Age: 13 weeks
    Adoption Organization: Pitty Love Rescue

    Analysis: As of press time, Jenny was making field poopy, so I’m afraid this one automatically goes to Boldin.

  • 12 /18
    | James vs. Marta

    Name: LaMichael James
    Breed: 49ers
    Position: Running Back
    Age: 23

    Name: Marta
    Breed(s): Schnauzer/Beagle mix
    Sex: Female
    Adoption Organization: AHeinz57 Pet Rescue & Transport

    Analysis: James has got a lot of power in his stride, but when it comes to gamboling, he ain’t got nothing on Marta.

  • 13 /18
    | Davis vs. Juniper

    Name: Vernon Davis
    Breed: 49ers
    Position: Tight End
    Age: 28

    Name: Juniper
    Breed(s): Great Pyrenees
    Sex: Female
    Age: 12 weeks
    Adoption Organization: Big Fluffy Dog Rescue

    Analysis: Davis caught five passes for 106 yards and a touchdown during the 49ers’ NFC Championship win. Meanwhile, Juniper got winded in the park when a kite fell on her and may be on the DL.

  • 14 /18
    | Reed vs Biscuit

    Name: Ed Reed
    Position: Safety
    Breed: Ravens
    Age: 34

    Name: Biscuit
    Breed(s): Puerto Rican Sato
    Sex: Female
    Age: 12 weeks
    Adoption Organization: The Sato Project

    Reed is known as the NFL’s most fearsome interceptor and may have the edge over Biscuit, who sometimes gets distracted by Poe, the Ravens mascot.

  • 15 /18
    | Ngata vs Shadow

    Name: Haloti Ngata
    Breed: Ravens
    Position: Defensive End
    Age: 29

    Name: Shadow
    Breed(s): Catahoula/Labrador Retriever mix
    Sex: Male
    Age: 9 weeks
    Adoption Organization: Bonnie Blue Rescue

    Ngata is a clutch member of the Ravens’ defense but has struggled with injuries this season. He’s no match for a freshly weaned Shadow.

  • 16 /18
    | Akers vs Butterscotch

    Name: David Akers
    Breed: 49ers
    Position: Placekicker
    Age: 38

    Name: Butterscotch
    Breed(s): Puerto Rican Sato
    Sex: Female
    Age: 12 weeks
    Adoption Organization: The Sato Project

    Veteran Akers missed a league-high 14 tries this season so he’s bound to be psyched out, particularly when bad-sport Butterscotch starts with the choke chants.

  • 17 /18
    | Suggs vs Copper

    Name: Terrell Suggs
    Breed: Ravens
    Position: Outside Linebacker
    Age: 30

    Name: Copper
    Breed(s): Dachshund/English Pit Bull mix
    Sex: Male
    Age: 9 weeks
    Adoption Organization: Furever Dachshund Rescue

    Suggs is part of a tough defense but Copper don’t heel for anyone.

  • 18 /18
    | Gore vs Fitz

    Name: Frank Gore
    Breed: 49ers
    Position: Running Back
    Age: 29

    Name: Fitz
    Breed(s): Catahoula mix
    Sex: Male
    Age: 10 weeks
    Adoption Organization: All 4 The Dogs Rescue

    Fitz, aka "Gatsby" is known more for his sartorial style off the field than for his game lately. Gore wants it more.

On Sunday, February 3, all hell will break loose. A group of warriors will engage in a fierce contest of strength to determine who among the assembled is the very best there is. Millions will watch, admiring the brinkmanship, the balletic grace, and the shiny, shiny coats. The Super Bowl will also be on.

That’s right, the day isn’t totally about Puppy Bowl IX. That event—which pits teams of puppies against each other, mimicking football gameplay while promoting adoption from animal shelters—actually takes place during halftime of what some are calling the more important competition of the day: Super Bowl XLVII. However, looking at the starting lineups of the two events, it’s hard not to wonder how each integral member of each team stacks up against his interspecies counterpart.

Flacco vs. Agatha

Is Joe Flacco better at throwing a buttonhook pattern with a nickel defense than Agatha the miniature Pinscher is at being a puppy? There’s no way of knowing for sure. In the interest of sports science and all things adorable, though, Co.Create has taken a deep dive into the world of these wet-nosed competitors—all accomplished in their own right—to determine whether they are evenly matched.

Have a look through the slide show above and may the best, uh, man win.

[Player Images: AP/NFL Puppy Images: Animal Planet/Keith Barraclough | DCL]