Tom Brady can now officially claim his title as the greatest postseason quarterback of all-time. The quarterback with the most playoff wins in NFL history capped off his fourth Super Bowl championship with an improbable ending to Super Bowl XLIX at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona and dethroned the former champion Seattle Seahawks.
The Pats came in to the big game after a dominating performance against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game that was tainted by the Deflategate debacle. Despite an absolute beat down of Indianapolis, the Patriots were accused of playing with deflated footballs that may have given the team an advantage. On the other hand, the Seahawks entered their second consecutive Super Bowl after a thrilling come from behind victory against the Green Bay Packers in the semi-finals. Russell Wilson and company were looking to ride off their NFC Championship Game momentum to become the first repeat Super Bowl champions since New England in 2003 and 2004.
Despite all the hype leading up to the biggest NFL game of the year, both teams came out flat in the first quarter. Tom Brady threw a costly red zone pick for New England while Russell Wilson struggled to even complete a pass. Things shaped up quickly the second as Brady threw a pair of touchdowns, while Seattle’s Beast Mode Marshawn Lynch found the end zone and Wilson tossed a touchdown pass to rookie Chris Matthews to tie the game 14-14 with two seconds left in the half.
After a breath taking half time performance by Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, and Missy Elliott, Seattle took charge on the field entering the second half. The Seahawks offense was clicking on all cylinders as they jumped out to a 24-14 lead going in to the final quarter of the NFL season and looked as though they’d repeat as champions. If there’s one thing football fans have learned during the Patriots dynasty of the 2000’s, it’s that you can never count out Tom Brady. Despite a 10-point deficit with under 10 minutes left to play, the Patriots orchestrated several fantastic drives to take a 28-24 lead courtesy of receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman.
With only two minutes left to play, Russell Wilson took charge of the Seattle offense en route to what looked like it would be a classic Super Bowl winning fourth quarter drive. In one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history, Wilson lobbed up a prayer to Jermaine Kearse who reeled in a jaw dropping bobbling catch while falling on his back to put the Seahawks at the New England one yard line with under a minute to play. What would occur next is one of the wildest endings to any pro sporting event ever. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll drew up a shot-gun pass play from the one-yard line that was intercepted by undrafted Pats rookie Malcolm Butler. The Butler pick sealed the deal for New England and secured Bill Belichick his fourth Super Bowl ring as Patriots head coach.
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