While this year's Super Bowl LI can be viewed as an unsubtle metaphor for the state of politics today, there is one thing everyone can agree on: The Kitten Bowl rules. This year, the fourth edition of the feline matchup features players like Tony Slo-Mo and Pawdell Beckham Jr.

Here's a 20-minute clip, which features North Shore Animal League America's Volunteer, Foster mom and National Spokesperson, Beth Stern; reporter Mary Carillo; Yankees announcer John Sterling; and former quarterback Boomer Esiason, who happens to be the Feline Football League Commissioner.

The program, which started airing on 12 p.m. on the Hallmark Channel and continues until 9 p.m. (a three-hour block featuring a pre-game show, playoffs and then a championship game repeats three times), highlights the importance of animal adoptions. The North Shore Animal League and more than 100 other shelters are showing Kitten Bowl IV at their locations, as well as offering adoption specials.

Yes, there was tailgating:

Tailgating at #kittenbowl4. On NOW @hallmarkchannel 😽

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Do Nielsen ratings count cats?

One note: The kittens in the Kitty Bowl have already found homes, but there are so many wonderful adoptable cats and kittens as well as dogs and puppies.

Over on Animal Planet, Puppy Bowl XIII will start at 3 p.m., with the kitten halftime show.