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 As the minutes ticked by on the half time show at “Super Bowl LII” on Feb. 4, hopes began to fade that Justin Timberlake would bring out his musical bestie, Chris Stapleton, to perform with him in front of millions, as had been rumored. The halftime show came to a close with no sign of Chris.

But the night wasn’t over.

Turns out Chris was in Minneapolis after all, and the two men did end up collaborating later that evening on the set of “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” which did a live edition of the late night talk show after the big game from the big game’s host city.

“Closing out our live show with another song from [Justin’s] new album ‘Man of the Woods,’ here is Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton with ‘Say Something,’” Jimmy said while introducing the pair to an enthusiastic theater audience.

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And from there, they rocked it, with dueling guitars and soaring voices that reminded us once again that God knew what he was doing when he brought these two together. “Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, oh my goodness,” Jimmy kept exclaiming at the conclusion of the performance.

“Chris sat down with me and he was like, ‘What do you want to write about?'” Justin said in a recent interview about collaborating with the country giant. “There was a lot going on in the world, and we were talking about … do you feel a responsibility, as an artist, to say something about certain things? I said, ‘Man, I have this dilemma, because I always feel like I want to say something, but I just don’t want to get caught up in the rhythm of all of it.'” And the song’s lyrics were born.

The country vocal powerhouse was part of some darn good company on the live show, which also included guests such as the cast of NBC’s “This is Us” and Dwayne Johnson. Justin also opened the show with his new single, “Supplies,” and sat down with Jimmy to reflect on his much talked about halftime performance. Specifically, he was asked about his decision to include a tribute to Minneapolis’ very own Prince during the show.

“He’s always been the pinnacle of musicianship for me,” Justin said in the interview, as reported by Deadline.com. “I wanted to do something for this city and for him that would be the ultimate homage to who I consider the G.O.A.T. of musicians.”

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And while Justin proved that he could certainly keep a Super Bowl-sized secret to himself, Chris wasn’t so bad either, as he not only kept quiet about the performance on “The Tonight Show,” but also kept a secret of his own recently. As previously reported on Rare Country, Chris shocked everyone on the set of “Saturday Night Live” in January when he brought out country outlaw Sturgill Simpson during both of his performances, with the two joining together to perform “Midnight Train to Memphis” and “Hard Livin’.”

So, music fans, what did you think of the halftime show? Had you hoped that Chris would join Justin during the football extravaganza, or were you just as happy seeing them together after the big game?

We would love to hear what you thought.

Tricia Despres is a senior correspondent for Rare Country, based out of Chicago. Join the conversation on Twitter at @RareCountry. We would love to see y’all there.
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