Patriots are Champions of Super Bowl XLIX

Super Bowl XLIX was completely the opposite of the Super Bowl last year. This game had controversy leading up to it with the “deflate gate” that surrounded the Patriots after the AFC championship game against the Colts, and the controversial play call by Seattle head coach Pete Carroll at the end of the game…and unlike the blowout of the 2014 Super Bowl this game came right down to the wire.

The score was 14-14 at halftime and seemed like a pretty even matchup. The Seahawks ended jumping out to a 24-14 lead, but it did not seem like it was over quite yet. Thanks to the arm of Tom Brady, the Patriots took the lead with 2:02 left to go in the game, due to a three yard pass to Julian Edelman giving them a 28-24 lead. On this pass Tom Brady also broke the record for most Super Bowl touchdown passes thrown, previously held by Joe Montana.

The Seahawks seemed to have it in the bag when Seahawks wide receiver,  Jermaine Kearse, while laying on his back and bobbling the pass was still able to reel it in on the Patriots’ four-yard line. It seemed like the Seahawks would go ahead and score and clinch their second consecutive Super Bowl victory. Although they have one of the best running backs in league ready to go in Marshawn Lynch, who had 102 yards on 24 carries and 1 touchdown and seems to have enough power to push one in for another touchdown, but Pete Carroll decided to throw the ball, and as everyone knows, it ended up being intercepted by Patriots’ cornerback Malcolm Butler. Game over, except for all the inevitable memes featuring Carroll’s face. This decision by Pete Carroll is likely going to be debated and talked about for years.

New England quarterback Tom Brady was 37-50, threw for 328 yards, and had 4 touchdowns and led the Patriots to his fourth Super Bowl ring, only Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Terry Bradshaw have four rings. No quarterback has ever been to more Super Bowls than Tom Brady, with six total appearances, and he was also awarded his third Super Bowl MVP award. Seattle’s Russell Wilson threw 12-21 for 247 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Pete Carroll talked to reporters after the game about the decision, he said, “There was not a thought in my mind that we would make a mistake on that play. And really, the mistake was a tremendous play by the guy on the other side [New England cornerback Malcolm Butler, who intercepted the pass]. He made just an unbelievable decision and choice to make a play that changed a game and that won them the championship. That’s what it feels like.”

UPDATE: Tom Brady won a Chevy truck for being MVP and appears to have told Chevy to send it directly to rookie Malcolm Butler instead for his role in the victory.  Classy.