The New England Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX in stunning fashion last night, ripping victory from the jaws of defeat. It was the fourth Super Bowl win for the Patriots, as well as the fourth for MVP Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick. This fourth championship came ten years after the Pats won 3 Super Bowls in 4 years in the early 2000s.
New England dominated the scoreless first quarter, moving the ball and racking up yards against the vaunted Seattle defense. The Pats struck first with a touchdown in the second quarter to take a 7-0 lead. Seattle tied the game late in the first half on a 3 yard TD run by Marshawn Lynch. Despite their strong start, it looked like the Patriots would go into half time tied.
New England got the ball back with about 2 minutes left in the half. Tom Brady led them down the field, and hit Rob Gronkowski for a 22 yard TD pass with 31 seconds left on the clock. With less than a minute left, it seemed Seattle would be content to run the clock out. However, a 19 yard pick up on their first play of the drive led Seattle to try and pick up points before halftime, knowing they would get the ball to open the second half. The Seahawks marched right down the field, scoring a stunning TD with 2 seconds left on an 11 yard pass to Chris Matthews. The score was knotted at 14 at halftime.
Seattle appeared to have snatched all momentum heading into the second half. They drove right down the field on the opening drive, kicking a field goal to take their first lead of the game. New England’s offense sputtered on their first drive, and Seattle got the ball right back. Another quick drive ended in a 3 yard TD pass to Doug Baldwin, giving the Seahawks a 10 point lead that seemed insurmountable at the time.
The action slowed at the end of the third and opening of the fourth quarter. New England pulled within 3 at around the 8 minute mark of the final quarter with a 4 yard TD pass to Danny Amendola. After stopping Seattle on the ensuing possession, New England marched down the field again, retaking the lead on a 3 yard TD pass to Julian Edelman with 2 minutes left in the game.
What followed was a drive that will be remembered for years to come. Seattle opened the drive with a 31 yard pass to Marshawn Lynch to get them past midfield. A minute later, Russell Wilson hit Jermaine Kearse on a 33 yard pass to bring the Seahawks inside the New England 10 yard line. Kearse’s catch was one of the most amazing in Super Bowl history, with the ball literally falling into his hands as he lay on the ground.
Marshawn lynch drove to the 1 yard line on the next play, and with less than a minute left Seattle seemed to be on their way to back-to-back Super Bowl wins. However, the drive came to an abrupt end as Russell Wilson threw an interception at the goal line to rookie Malcolm Butler, sealing the victory for New England with a final score of 28-24.
Tom Brady was named MVP, his third in 6 Super Bowls, tying Joe Montana for the most all time. Brady completed 37 of 50 passes for 328 yards and 4 TDs. Julian Edelman caught 9 passes for 109 yards and a TD, and Rob Gronkowski caught 6 passes for 68 yards and a TD. Russell Wilson completed 12 of 21 passes for 247 yards and 2 TDs for Seattle. Marshawn Lynch led all rushers with 102 yards on 24 carries, scoring 1 TD.