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Super Bowl, Last Time Out: Recapping Super Bowl XLIX

With the big game now just 4 days away, we recap the events of last years game for the ages. One of the best Super Bow


With the big game now just 4 days away, we recap the events of last years game for the ages.   One of the best Super Bowls in recent memory, last season’s big dance saw the New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Arizona. Both teams were the top seeds in their conferences. Seattle were aiming to become the first team to hoist back-to-back Lombardi trophies since New England did it in 2003 and 2004. A scoreless first quarter saw an impressive eight minute drive by the Patriots wiped out thanks to Jeremy Lane’s goal-line interception of Tom Brady. Lane then left the game with an injury sustained on the return. But things weren’t all smooth for Seattle. Russell Wilson didn’t complete a pass until five minutes left in the first half. The second quarter saw both teams score two touchdowns. Brady was first on the board with an 11 yard strike to Brandon LaFell. The Seahawks responded thanks to a three yard run by Marshawn Lynch. Then Rob Gronkowski caught a 22 yard pass from Brady for a 14-7 lead. But, with under a minute left in the first half, Wilson threw an 11 yard score to Chris Matthews, who had been signed in December while working at a Foot Locker after going undrafted in 2011. The first half ended 14-14. The third quarter saw Seattle take control. Steven Hauschka’s 27 yard field goal put them up 17-14. Brady was then intercepted thanks to a great play by linebacker Bobby Wagner at mid-field. The Seahawks took advantage with a three yard pass to Doug Baldwin for a 24-14 lead; the biggest deficit Brady had ever faced in his six Super Bowl appearances. In the fourth quarter, Brady showed why he is the greatest postseason quarterback of all-time. A four yard pass to Danny Amendola narrowed the gap to five points. Then Brady tossed a three yard score to Julian Edelman for a 28-24 lead with just over two minutes to go. But the game wasn’t over yet. Russell Wilson got the ball back and quickly took the Seahawks into New England territory. Then an insane juggling 33 yard catch by Jermaine Kearse took Seattle to the five yard line, conjuring painful memories for the Patriots of David Tyree’s infamous ‘Helmet Catch’ in 2007’s Super Bowl XLII; same stadium, same circumstances. Lynch then took the Seahawks one yard away from a second consecutive Super Bowl title. Another run from Lynch would surely seal the win. But instead, Wilson chose to throw a quick pass to Riccardo Lockette. Patriots’ rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler, an undrafted rookie, stepped in front of Lockette to intercept the pass on the goal-line. Butler’s interception was ranked as the most influential play of the Super Bowl era by Football Outsiders. After some fighting during New England’s attempts to kneel down, Brady finally sank to his knees and secured an incredible victory. Against the league’s best defense on the biggest stage, Brady had completed 74% of his passes for 328 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions. His fourth Super Bowl ring and third Super Bowl MVP award tied him with childhood hero Joe Montana. Terry Bradshaw is the only other quarterback to win four Lombardi trophies. Bill Belichick’s fourth Super Bowl title as a head coach tied Steelers legend Chuck Noll, while the Seahawks could hardly believe the result. After one of the most exciting and unpredictable games in recent memory, the New England Patriots hoisted the Lombardi Trophy after a 28-24 win.


Super Bowl, Last Time Out: Recapping Super Bowl XLIX

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