Super Bowl Counterplays: Puppies, Kittens and Zombies, Oh My

Don’t need to watch six hours of pre-game fare? Too deflated to care about Super Bowl XLIX?

A number of cable networks are lined up in stunt-alternative formation against the NFL’s Big Game.

For those who prefer soft and cuddly to Xs and Os, Animal Planet is walking with Puppy Bowl XI from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Hallmark Channel prefers felines to football, presenting its second annual Kitten Bowl. It premieres from noon to 3 p.m. and is followed by a purr of encores.

NatGeo Wild is swimming with the fishes -- as in golden ones. Following its rookie run with a single gold fish last year, the net is adding a second bowl.

WGN America is putting Barney Stinson and crew up against the NFL championship game: trying its hand with a 10-hour marathon entitled 1st Annual We Know It's The Day Of The Big Game But Please Watch Us Anyway How I Met Your Mother Barney Bowl Marathon Sponsored by Little Caesars Pizza.

The one show that has made a Nielsen stand and beaten Roger Goodell’s goods is The Walking Dead. AMC, which has taken down Sunday Night Football with the 18-to-49 set and secured a number of spots on cable’s all-time watch list, when gauged on a time-shifted basis, is putting its zombies up against Brady and Belichick, Sherman and Wilson, with a marathon of its own.