Patrick Mahomes and Dak Prescott Get Unwanted Advice From NFL Fans in DirecTV Ads

By Kyle O'Brien 

Star players Dak Prescott and Patrick Mahomes certainly don’t need advice on how to play football, but a couple of armchair quarterbacks dole it out freely as they join the players on the field in a series of ads for DirecTV NFL Sunday Ticket.

In one ad, just before the play snaps, Mahomes is suddenly joined on field by a fan in a recliner, who is then called offsides before his chair pulls a hamstring and has to head to the sidelines.

In another spot, Prescott is flanked by two fans in recliners, who recommend ridiculous trick plays like the Lompoc Leafblower and Slappy Two Pump Slant.

The spots end by stating that those who have the Sunday Ticket subscription service get the best seats in the house.

The gold in the ads are the reactions from the visibly annoyed Prescott and the irritated Mahomes, as well as the names of the plays being called, which also include Virginia Woolfe and Tuna Fish Salad.

The creative effort was developed and executed by agency Zambezi’s creative team and its production division, FIN Studios. The spots will go out on TV and social, and integrated assets include online, radio and podcast content.

CREDITS:

Client: AT&T/DIRECTV

Agency: FIN/Zambezi

Principal and CEO: Jean Freeman

Founder and President: Chris Raih

Head of Content: Alex Cohn

Creative Director: Jeff Siegel

Senior Copywriter: Alexander Flint

Senior Art Director: Nick Spahr

Executive Director, Business Operations: Laura Stayt

Account Director: Alyssa Tigue

Account Supervisor: Rachel Lynn

Executive Producer: Jackie Maloney

Senior Project Manager: Dominique Perrine

Production Co: FIN Studios

Director of Photography: Tom Banks

Line Producer: Edgar Rosa

Senior Producer: Matt Reilly

Production Designer: Chad Yaro

Casting Director: Danielle Eskanazi

Unit Production Manager: Randy Wayne

Production Supervisor: Talia Bella

Sound Mixer: Stacey Brownrigg

Stylist: Paige Geran

Stylist (Patrick Mahomes): Suna Kwak

Key Hair and Make-Up Artist: Candie Lindsay

Key Hair and Make-Up Artist (Patrick Mahomes): Melvone Farrell

Post Production: FIN Studios

Editors: Ling Ly, Daniel Reitzenstein, Micah Levin, Ian Gibson

Assistant Editors: Adam Bonsib, Kayleb Lee, Diana Fass, Trent Maur

Colorist: Brandon Chavez

Mixer: Kevin Feller

Executive Producer Post Production: Katrina Nahikian

Post Producers: Matt Reilly, Camille Orgel

VFX: The Mission

VFX Lead: Gizmo Rivera

CG Lead: Beau Cameron

VFX: Bill Kunin

Head of Production: Ryan Meredith

Producer: Corey Milne

EP: Jessica Locke

DirecTV Creds:

Jamie Dyckes: AVP Product Marketing

Karla Sustaita: Director Product Marketing

Tomiko Abe: Lead Product Marketing Manager, Sports Marketing

Caitlin Runzler: Lead Product Marketing Manager, Sports Marketing

Lisa Pue Chinery,:Head of Creative, Video Marketing

Lauren Stepan: Senior Production Manager, Video Marketing

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