Kick off temperature was balmier than expected at 49 degrees, but Renee Fleming wasn't taking any chances for her Super Bowl debut. Her priestly Vera Wang gown was cut to accommodate cosy thermals, with a white cloak cutting the chill factor even further.
It wasn't the straight-up operatic version rendition of the The Star Spangled Banner some might have expected. Renee slowed it down, dropped it low and jazzed it up, in the style of last year's anthemeer Alicia Keys.
Compare the star-spangled divas on the videos below.