The New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX. Sparked by a 14-point fourth quarter, the Patriots edged the Seahawks with a late goal-line stand.
But through three quarters of football, the Seahawks clearly had momentum working in their favor.
Wide receiver Chris Matthews, who never registered a career reception before this game, hauled in four passes for 109 yards and a receiving touchdown. Quarterback Russell Wilson was mobile in the pocket, and the defense picked off Patriots QB Tom Brady twice.
However, the late Patriots’ late rally was capped off with WR Julian Edelman hauling in one of Brady’s four passing touchdowns with 2:02 left in the game.
On the ensuing drive, Seahawks drove down the field very quickly. Running back Marshawn Lynch hauled in a 31-yard reception and WR Jermaine Kearse somehow reeled in a bouncing football off of his legs. With under a minute left, in a goal-to-go situation, the Seahawks elected to throw a pass instead of handing the ball to Lynch.
The decision not to run the ball is already regarded as one of the worst decisions in Super Bowl history.
Wilson’s pass was intercepted by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, an undrafted rookie out of the University of West Alabama. When the Patriots regained possession, they kneeled the clock to zero despite of a fight breaking out on the gridiron.
Brady was crowned Super Bowl MVP. He completed 37 of his 50 pass attempts (74% completion) for 328 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. Super Bowl XLIX is the fourth championship Brady and HC Bill Belichick have won together.