New England is Super Again
After the celebrations end, let the legacy talk begin.
The New England Patriots escaped a potential game-winning drive by the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX en route to hoisting the franchise’s fourth Lombardi Trophy. Following a bizarre series of highlight reel and improbable plays, Patriots safety Malcolm Butler sealed the victory with an interception on the goal line with 20 seconds remaining.
The Patriots 28-24 victory didn’t come easy.
Super Bowl XLIX had a little bit of everything. Tom Brady joined Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only two quarterbacks to win four Super Bowls. Brady was named the game’s Most Valuable Player for a record-tying third time and became the NFL’s all-time postseason and Super Bowl leader in touchdown passes. Brady finished the game with a Super Bowl-record 37 completions for 328 yards while tossing four touchdowns. And of course he added to his already NFL postseason record ninth come from behind victory in the fourth quarter or overtime.
Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse made an improbable juggling and bouncing catch on his back that had to send shivers of David Tyree’s catch, which occurred on this exact field in 2008 down the spines of Pats Nation. Instead of nightmares this time however, New England fans can recall the play of Malcolm Butler and rest easily knowing Robert Kraft’s team put all of the distractions of Deflate Gate aside and went out and won the Super Bowl.
The G.O.A.T. debate will ensue, but the immediate reaction following the game centered around the Seattle Seahawks decision to throw the ball on 2nd and Goal from the one-yard line instead of handing off to Marshawn Lynch, arguably the toughest goal line runner in the NFL today.
Instead of letting Beast Mode pound the ball into the end zone and perhaps take the lead for good while becoming the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since the 2003-2004 Patriots, Russell Wilson’s pass was intercepted and the Seahawks lone turnover sealed their fate.
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