The New England Patriots rallied to score a thrilling 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks at Super Bowl XLIX in a game that went down to the final seconds.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady dug his team from a 10 point 4th quarter deficit and engineered a masterful comeback against the NFL’s top rated defense. Despite getting picked off twice and having Michael Bennett sticking to him like glue all-game long, Brady went 8 for 8 on the 10-play, 64 yard drive that led to his 3 yard touchdown flip to Julian Edelman at the 2:02 mark of the payoff period. That touchdown proved to be the game winner for the Patriots who won their fourth Super Bowl in the Brady-Belichick era.
Brady was named Super Bowl MVP after throwing a Super Bowl record 50 passes, completing 37 of them for a total of 328 yards. He connected on a total of four touchdowns but had two interceptions. With the win, Brady equaled 49ers’ great Joe Montana with three Super Bowl MVP’s and four Lombardi trophies. Aside from that, he also passed Montana’s mark of 11 Super Bowl touchdowns by scoring two in the final quarter to bring his career total to 13.
Not the Only Hero
But the superstar Brady wasn’t the only hero in this contest for the Patriots as the defending champions weren’t about to give their title away on a silver platter. After Brady gave the Pats the lead at 28-24, Seattle had one last ditch drive which saw them march to the Patriots’ one yard line on a four yard dash by Marshawn Lynch. The Seahawks, fresh off a miracle win against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC title game, got to the Patriots’ five yard line on an amazing catch by Jermaine Kearse with 1:06 left to play.
But just as it looked like the Seahawks would get another improbable win and a second consecutive Super Bowl title, Patriots’ undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler made the biggest play of the season ( and his career) by picking off Seahawks’ QB Russell Wilson’s pass to Ricardo Lockette with 20 second left in the game. Up until that pass, Wilson had played like a young Tom Brady: making big plays at the right time. Wilson finished 12-21 for a total of 247 yards and 2 TDs with 1 interception. However, that one mistake in the end cost them their season.
Glory Days Are Back
The 37 year old Brady solidified his legacy as one of the best QB’s in NFL history and the best ever in the Super Bowl. He had been picked off just twice in his first five Super Bowl appearances yet despite giving away two during this game, Brady never wavered. He had been in these situations before and in fact won his first Super Bowl via a big comeback. The fourth title was no different. Brady dissected Seattle’s defense with two fourth quarter drives of 68 and 64 yards to bring the glory days back to New England once again.
The Patriots had lost their last two Super Bowl appearances in 2008 and 2012 after winning three of four from 2002-05, including back to back titles in 2004 and 2005. The Seahawks were aiming to become the first team since those Patriots to win back to back Super Bowls. But the night belonged to Brady and the Patriots who became the first team to come from 10 points down in the second half to win the Super Bowl.