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So How Was Steven Tyler’s National Anthem on Sunday?

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 22:  Singer Steven Tyler performs the national anthem prior to the AFC Championship Game between the New England Patriots and the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium on January 22, 2012 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Steven Tyler sang the national anthem before Sunday's New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens AFC championship faceoff, and it was ... a ... an, uh ... well, take it away, Internet:

• "When he opened his mouth to sing, he sounded off (Francis Scott) key. From the get-go, it was a surprisingly bad performance." [PopCrush]
• "... Steven Tyler's juxtaposition of screaming and a languid pace made his rendition ... especially difficult to listen to." [Deadspin]


[Patriots coach Bill Belichick reacts.]

• " ... what's really special about this performance is Tyler's emergency brake of a voice." [Gawker]
• "While some thought the Idol judge flubbed the lyrics, you could also argue that Tyler nailed it by sticking to his rock roots, screams and all!" [E]
• "At least they played 'Sing for the Moment' over the PA after he sang." [Bleacher Report]
• "A favorite in the region because of his local ties, Tyler was cheered by the crowd anyway." [AP]
• "When people buzz about the National Anthem instead of the game, you know you heard either Whitney Houston in 1991 or Steven Tyler today." [Matthew Smith/Twitter]

Maybe take it easy on the eye-rolling at not-so-good American Idol wannabes these next few weeks, Stevie.

Photo: Al Bello/2012 Getty Images