New England trumps Seattle 28-24 in memorable, back and forth Super Bowl showdown
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft celebrating with Tom Brady after their victory in Super Bowl XLIX (Photo: Instagram)
By Chris Robinson
Moments ago, from the U of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona, the New England Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX with a come-from-behind victory over the Seattle Seahawks in another great finish to the NFL season.
You got the sense early that it was going to be a competitive game given the quality of both teams. New England got on the board first, when Brady connected with Brandon LaFell for an 11 yard touchdown.
Seattle answered back with a touchdown from star running back Marshawn Lynch to tie the game at 7-7.
Touchdowns from Bradley to Rob Gronkowski and Russell Wilson to Chris Matthews in the final minute saw the game go to half time with the score tied 14-14.
Seattle came out strong in the second half and looked to be in a strong position, after leading 24-14 deep into the fourth quarter. New England remained poised throughout and you knew well ahead of time not to count them out.
Brady came through with touchdown passes to Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman in the fourth to see New England regain the lead, 28-24, but another frantic finish was to be in store.
Seattle moved the ball down the field as the fourth quarter neared its close. A miraculous juggling catch by Jermaine Kearse helped get the Seahawks as far as the 1 yard-line of New England. But rookie Malcolm Butler intercepted Wilson’s intended pass for Ricardo Lockette to seal the victory.
With the win, New England can soak in the feeling that comes with their fourth Super Bowl victory after a pretty interesting lead-up to the game following reports of deflated balls in their victory over the Indianapolis Colts two weeks prior.
Brady ended connected on 37 out of 50 pass attempts for 350 yards with 3 touchdowns and 2 interceptions while again proving to be solid in the clutch. Wilson went 12 for 21 for 247 yards, with 2 touchdowns of his own as well as the fateful pick at the end.
Lynch rushed 24 times for 102 yards and one touchdown, with several people questioning why the Seahawks didn’t try putting the ball in his hands in the end.
Stay tuned for more coverage of the game in the coming hours.
Chris Robinson can be reached at CRobinson@hustleboss.com