Patriots beat Seahawks for Super Bowl title

GLENDALE, Ariz. - NFL quarterbacks and coaches are defined by greatness over time. With a fourth Lombardi Trophy in 14 years, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady are champions in the rarest of company.

New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler
New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler (21) intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. USA TODAY Sports

GLENDALE, Ariz. – NFL quarterbacks and coaches are defined by greatness over time. With a fourth Lombardi Trophy in 14 years, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady are champions in the rarest of company.

The 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday gave Brady and Belichick four rings, a claim only Hall of Fame coach Chuck Noll (Pittsburgh Steelers) and enshrined quarterbacks Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw can make.

“He is going to go down as the best quarterback to ever play this game,” Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis said of Brady.

Brady completed 37 of 50 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions and was named Super Bowl MVP for the third time. He was 13 of 15 for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

“It’s hard to win a game in the NFL, and this is one of the toughest we’ve ever had,” Brady said. “It took a lot of mental toughness, but we obviously played until the end.”


The Patriots clinched the game defending their own end zone in the final 30 seconds of the game.

Brady threw a go-ahead touchdown pass on his 50th throw of the game – a 3-yarder to wide receiver Julian Edelman – before the two-minute warning to give quarterback Russell Wilson and the Seahawks one last shot.

Wilson opened with a 31-yard pass down the left sideline to running back Marshawn Lynch from an empty backfield, five-wide shotgun set. After another first-down conversion on a Wilson pass to wide receiver Ricardo Lockette, Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse caught a 33-yard bomb down the right sideline. Going up for the ball with Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, Kearse tipped the ball and caught it on a second bobble while on his back at the 6-yard line.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Brady said of the catch.

The Seahawks ran Lynch on first down to reach the 1-yard line, and with 25 seconds, after the Patriots let more than 35 seconds tick off the clock, Wilson took the snap and fired a slant to Lockette that Butler intercepted to end the game.

“I told the guys, ‘That’s my fault, totally,’” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. “We had plenty of chances to win that game.”

Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell claimed he called the play but felt Lockette “could have been stronger to the ball” to finish the slant route.

Carroll said the decision to throw the ball on second down came down to the Patriots keeping their goal line personnel on the field. He said the Seahawks planned to run on third and fourth down.


Butler felt devastated, he said, when Kearse made the improbable grab at the 5, but read the pick play and closed for the interception.

“I made a play to help my team win,” said Butler, who entered the game in the second half to slow down the Seahawks’ deep passing attack. “I’ve worked so hard in practice and I just wanted to play so bad and help my team out.”

Players in the Seattle locker room harshly criticized the decision to throw the ball at the goal line. The Seahawks led the NFL in rushing in the regular season with a 5.3-yard average per carry.

“I think it’s a tough pill,” Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett said. “(Lynch) is arguably one of the greatest running backs to play. I know he’s going to feel this one.”

Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was ejected for inciting a scuffle as the Patriots went to kneeldowns to run out the final 20 seconds.

Brady completed third-down passes of 18 and 21 on a balanced drive culminating with a 5-yard dart to Danny Amendola with 7:55 left in the game to cut the Seahawks’ advantage to 24-21.

“Tom is the best,” offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said of the Patriots’ rally. “He never got disappointed or discouraged when we had a couple of turnovers. He just kept fighting, demonstrated a lot of confidence on the sideline, a lot of confidence at halftime. I think our players fed off that.”

New England 0 14 0 14- 28
Seattle 0 14 10 0- 24
Second Quarter
NE-LaFell 11 yard pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 9:47.
SEA-M.Lynch 3 yard rush (Hauschka kick), 2:16.
NE-Gronkowski 22 yard pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 0:31.
SEA-Ch.Matthews 11 yard pass from R.Wilson (Hauschka kick), 0:02.
Third Quarter
SEA-Hauschka 27 yard field goal, 11:09.
SEA-Baldwin 3 yard pass from R.Wilson (Hauschka kick), 4:54.
Fourth Quarter
NE-Amendola 4 yard pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 7:55.
NE-Edelman 3 yard pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 2:02.
First Downs 25 20
Total Net Yards 377 396
Rushes-Yds 21-57 29-162
Passing 320 234
Sacked-Yds Lost 1-8 3-13
Comp-Att-Int 37-50-2 12-21-1
Punts 4-49.0 6-44.8
Punt Returns 3-27 2-6
Kickoff Returns 3-49 0-0
Interceptions Ret. 1-3 2-14
Penalties-Yards 5-36 7-70
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Time of Possession 33:46 26:14
RUSHING- NE, Blount 14-40, S.Vereen 4-13, Edelman 1-7, Brady 2-(minus 3). SEA, M.Lynch 24-102, R.Wilson 3-39, Turbin 2-21.
PASSING- NE, Brady 37-50-2-328. SEA, R.Wilson 12-21-1-247.
RECEIVING- NE, S.Vereen 11-64, Edelman 9-109, Gronkowski 6-68, Amendola 5-48, LaFell 4-29, Develin 1-6, Hoomanawanui 1-4. SEA, Ch.Matthews 4-109, Lockette 3-59, J.Kearse 3-45, M.Lynch 1-31, Baldwin 1-3.

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