We’re bringing you our fave moments from the most fur-ocious game of the day

By Alison Schwartz
Updated February 03, 2013 10:15 PM

Rooting for the Baltimore Ravens? Hoping the San Francisco 49ers win big?

Well, here’s something we can all root for: puppies. Puppies chasing balls. Puppies chasing each other. Puppies captured chasing balls and each other in slow-motion. (Okay, enough said.)

If it’s not the biggest game of the day, the Puppy Bowl IX, paws down, is certainly the most fur-ocious. But it gets even sweeter: The pigskin-loving pooches are all rescues.

In case you (and your four-legged friends) missed all the paw-dorable action, we’re bringing you the view from the field. (Desktop users can scroll through the photos at the top.) PHOTOS: Behind the Scenes at the Puppy Bowl

Credit: Keith Barraclough/Animal Planet

1. As Good as Gold
Sometimes, you go for the touchdown. Sometimes, you just sit down, like this golden retriever pup.


2. Friendly Competition
Did the referee cite these canines for excessive ruff play? We thought so.

Credit: Keith Barraclough/Animal Planet

3. Good Sport
Yup, ref Dan Schachner definitely needs to knock off at least 10 yards for excessive cuteness right here.

Credit: Keith Barraclough/Animal Planet

4. Playing the Field
At the Puppy Bowl, it’s important that you always put your best paw forward.


5. Group Huddle
Er, cuddle? This is way better than that Vince Lombardi Trophy thingy.