By Neil Bhardwaja
Super Bowl XLIX was outstanding; it was riddled with amazing catches and incredible clutch plays. The game and half time performance had viewers on edge of their couches the whole time. This Superbowl was way more competitive and definitely a bigger spectacle compared to the last couple of Superbowls.
The 1st Quarter was scoreless. There was interception by Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane in the Patriots endzone who got the ball to the 14 yard line, but unfortunately he broke his wrist at the end of the play.
The 2nd Quarter saw a successful New England Drive with Tom Brady. Brady had a quick pass to David Amendola, followed by another to Julian Edelman, and finally completed a touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell. When the Seahawks got the ball back, Russell Wilson finally completed a pass with a successful throw to Jermaine Kearse. As Seattle gained momentum, Wilson threw a 5 yard pass to Marshawn Lynch followed by an incredible throw to Chris Matthews, bringing the ball to the Patriots 11. Marshawn Lynch ran for a touchdown putting Seattle on the board. But even with only 2 minutes remaining, Brady passed for 59 yards and completed a 22 yard touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski. Seattle responded with another touchdown within the last 31 seconds. Wilson, under pressure, threw a 19 yard pass to Robert Turbin, and then the next play, he ran 17 yards. This was followed by a successful throw to Ricardo Lockette, along with a facemask penalty which added additional yardage. In a risky call, Wilson successfully threw an 11 yard touchdown pass to Matthews.
Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, and Missy Elliot performed for the halftime show.
Seattle started off with some incredible momentum, going 72 yards with a 45 yard catch by Matthews. Seattle however couldn’t finish their drive with a touchdown and settled for a field goal. On the Patriots’ drive, one of their passes was intercepted by an athletic Bobby Wagner. The Seattle offense was successful again, with a 50 yard drive culminating with a 3 yard touchdown to Baldwin.
New England, down 10 points, finally had a successful drive after a shaky 3rd quarter. Tom Brady had a touchdown pass to to Amendola, closing the gap to only a 3 point deficit. After a Seattle three and out, New England got the ball at their 32. After another Gronkowski catch, New England was close to another touchdown. And indeed they got one with Brady’s pass to Edelman, putting New England in the lead. Three of the Patriot’s touchdown passes targeted at Lane’s backup, Simon. Wilson now had to get a touchdown to win. After a 31 yard pass to Lynch, Wilson threw another 1st down pass to Lockette. The next play was incredible. Wilson threw a deep pass to Kearse, who was covered by Butler, and when he fell, the ball luckily rebounded off his thigh. Reacting quickly, Kearse caught the ball and immediately ran to the Patriots five. Lynch ran the ball to the 1 yard line; victory was close for Seattle. On the next play, Wilson tried to throw a inside pass to Lockette, but Butler read the play and intercepted the ball, almost ending any chance of the Seahawks win. This play caused a lot of outrage from the crowd (including me). Patriots, now in danger of a safety at the 1 yard line, luckily were saved due to Seattle’s encroachment penalty. When they went to huddle, Michael Irvin rushed the huddle causing a huge brawl with punches thrown. After the fight, Brady took a kneel and the game ended.
FINAL SCORE: PATRIOTS (28)- SEAHAWKS (24)
This Super Bowl was crazy. It created some new history because the Patriots were the 1st team ever to overcome more than a 7 point deficit in the 4th quarter at a Superbowl. It had some amazing catches, including Kearse’s, and a last minute game deciding interception. Tom Brady won MVP, his 3rd. Also, there was a pretty violent fight.