Congratulations are in store for the Super Bowl XLIX champions, the New England Patriots. They edged out the Seattle Seahawks in a close game to win by a final score of 28-24. It's the Patriots' first Lombardi trophy win since 2005. Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for the third time in his illustrious career.
The game was obviously a much more close affair than Seattle's win over the Denver Broncos last year by a final score of 43-8. It was a great game between two really good teams, which is just about all you can ask for if you're watching without a rooting interest.
The game started off a little slow. The Patriots were the ones to move into scoring position first. Then Tom Brady threw a downright awful pass that was intercepted by Jeremy Lane. The pass reminded a number of Twitter users of a certain Eagles quarterback...
It was a bittersweet moment for Lane, however. The Seahawks slot cornerback suffered an injury during his return and would be ruled out for the remainder of the game.
The first quarter ended with no scores from either team. Interestingly enough, the Patriots under Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have never scored ANY points in the first quarter of a Super Bowl despite six trips to the big game.
Things picked up in the second quarter. The Patriots dinked and dunked their way down to scoring position and Brady hit Brandon LaFell for a touchdown to score the first points out the game. Seahawks corner Tharold Simon, who was filling in for the injured Lane, was beat in coverage.
Seattle answered back with their first reception of the game: a big pass completion down the field to Chris Matthews. Russell Wilson put the ball where it needed to be and Matthews made a great play on the ball. The Seahawks capped off the drive with a Marshawn Lynch touchdown run. His standard non-celebration after the score was excellent.
The back and forth action continued with an 80-yard drive from the Pats. New England somehow got Rob Gronkowski matched up one on one on the outside with Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright, which was an obvious mismatch. Easy pitch and catch from Brady to Gronk for the score.
But it was Seattle who ended the first half with the last laugh. The Seahawks moved into scoring position with six seconds left in the half. They could have played it safe and went for the field goal to make it 14-10, but they took the risk instead and it paid off. Wilson hit Matthews for the touchdown to tie the game.
After an entertaining halftime show led by Katy Perry (yeah, it wasn't really that bad), the Seahawks came out of the half with more energy than they showed in the first. Wilson completed ANOTHER deep pass to Matthews which helped to set up a Seattle field goal. Then Brady was picked off by Bobby Wagner (Madden linebacker interception style) on the next drive and Seattle capitalized with a Wilson throw to Doug Baldwin. Baldwin proceeded to celebrate by pretending to poop out the football, but NBC was being lame and wouldn't show a replay, so watch it here if you missed it.
Touchdown Tom answered back on a drive highlighted by an incredibly tough catch from Julian Edelman. The Patriots wide receiver took a huge shot over the middle of the field. Brady found former Eagles receiver Danny Amendola in the end zone to put the game within a field goal.
A stalled Seattle drive gave the Patriots the ball back. New England took advantage of the opportunity and moved into scoring position. Edelman beat Simon easily in the end zone to help the Pats take the lead with a little over two minutes remaining.
Wilson started a crucial Seattle drive with a gorgeous throw to find Marshawn Lynch open for an over-the-shoulder catch. Speaking of incredible catches... Wilson Jermaine Kearse down field on a pass that went off his hands, bounced off his body a few times, but never hit the ground!
But it was for naught! The Seahawks got down to the ONE-YARD line with a Lynch run but then threw it and it was picked off! Wooooow. What a bad play call.
And that was game. Well, aside from a brief Patriots-Seahawks fight at the end of the game. Seattle not looking so gracious in defeat.
Now that the Super Bowl is over, the off-season officially starts for all teams. Everyone is undefeated again! Next up is free agency, then the draft, then OTAs and training camp until finally it all starts again this fall.
Congratulations again to Pats Pulpit and Patriots fans everywhere on their big win.
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