The New England Patriots completed a 4th quarter comeback and survived a late scare by the Seattle Seahawks to come out of the game Superbowl XLIX champions, with quarterback Tom Brady being named the games MVP.
The game was certainly one to remember and had the Patriots sideline sweating as Russel Wilson and the Seahawks offense were moving steadily down the field after the Patriots scored the go-ahead touchdown late in the 4th quarter.
A circus catch by Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse, who caught a juggled ball on his back for a 33 yard completion that put the Seahawks well within scoring range, and had to have the Patriots having flashbacks to the helmet catch by New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree as the Eli Manning led Giants ended the Patriots then perfect season in defeat.
“I felt like we were going to win the whole game, and then they made that catch. Then I had a little bit of a doubt,” Brady said on Monday morning, bringing his thumb and index finger together to make his point.
The Seahawks handed the ball to Marshawn Lynch, who pounded his way to the 1 yard line, seemingly putting the Seahawks on the precipice of victory. The very next play, may have been one of the strangest, and worst play calls in Pete Carrol’s coaching career.
Rather than handing the ball off once again to Lynch, who had been pummeling the Patriots front all game, Russel Wilson dropped back for a pass, and threw it on a short slant route. The route was jumped by undrafted cornerback Malcolm Butler, who intercepted the ball, and effectively sealed the game in favor of the Patriots.
This win marks the 4th Superbowl ring for Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, and they may still have more runs in them in the years to come.