2015 Super Bowl 49 DVD / Super Bowl XLIX DVD
New England Patriots 28
Seattle Seahawks 24
Tom Brady MVP. Halftime Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz. Patriots 28, Seahawks 24. One of the best endings in Super Bowl history. Tom Brady brings the Pats back from a 10 point 3rd quarter deficit to have Seattle get picked off with seconds to go trying to take the lead on the New England 1 yard line.
Malcolm Butler's goal-line interception gives Pats Super Bowl 49 title
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Tom Brady and the Patriots made this Super Bowl all about football, not footballs.
Clutch football, spiced by a sensational fourth-quarter rally and a goal-line, game-saving interception.
The record-setting Tom Brady threw for four touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining Sunday night as New England rallied from a 10-point deficit to win its fourth Super Bowl in the Tom Brady-Bill Belichick era, 28-24 over Seattle.
But the Patriots (15-4) had to survive a last-ditch drive by the Seahawks (14-5), who got to the 1, helped by a spectacular juggling catch by Jermaine Kearse. Rookie Malcolm Butler stepped in front of Ricardo Lockette and picked off Russell Wilson's off-target pass to complete one of the wildest Super Bowl finishes.
Tom Brady leaped for joy on the Patriots sideline after Malcolm Butler's interception.
"It wasn't the way we drew it up," said Tom Brady, who won his third Super Bowl MVP award.
Tom Brady surpassed Joe Montana's mark of 11 Super Bowl touchdown passes with a 5-yarder to Danny Amendola to bring the Patriots within three points.
Seattle, seeking to become the first repeat NFL champion since New England a decade ago, was outplayed for the first half, yet tied at 14. The Seahawks scored the only 10 points of the third period, but the NFL-leading defense couldn't slow the brilliant Tom Brady when it counted most.
It didn't matter how much air was in the balls, game Tom Brady was unstoppable when the pressure was strongest. While pushing aside the controversy over air pressure in the footballs stemming from the AFC title game, the Patriots toyed with Seattle in the final 12 minutes.
Seattle didn't quit -- it never does -- and Kearse's 33-yard catch with 1:06 remaining got it to the 5. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 4 yards, then backup cornerback Malcolm Butler, who was victimized on Kearse's reception, made the biggest play of his first NFL season with 20 seconds remaining.
"I just had a vision that I was going to make a big play and it came true," said Malcolm Butler, an undrafted rookie from West Alabama. "I'm just blessed. I can't explain it right now. It's crazy."
A Very Tom Brady Record
With four TDs in Super Bowl XLIX, the Pats' Tom Brady surpassed Joe Montana for the most touchdown passes in Super Bowl history.
Tom Brady 13 6
Joe Montana 11 4
Terry Bradshaw 9 4
Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was ejected in the final seconds for instigating a near-brawl, delaying the celebration for the Patriots.
Soon they were mobbing one another on the same field where their 2007 unbeaten season was ruined in the Super Bowl by the Giants. They also fell to the Giants for the 2011 title.
But thanks to superstar Tom Brady and the obscure Malcolm Butler, they are champions again.
Tom Brady now has equaled Montana with four Lombardi Trophies and three Super Bowl MVPs. He stands alone with 13 Super Bowl touchdown passes. He was 37 for 50 for 328 yards against the NFL's top-ranked defense.
He also was picked off twice. Tom Brady had been intercepted a total of two times in his previous five Super Bowls.
Yet, he picked apart the Seahawks on drives of 68 and 64 yards, solidifying his legacy as one of the greats of the game.
His heroics offset those of Chris Matthews, one of Seattle's least-used players before the postseason. Matthews recovered the onside kick that helped the Seahawks beat Green Bay in overtime for the NFC crown, and had a breakout performance Sunday.
Having never caught a pass in the NFL, Matthews grabbed four for 109 yards and a touchdown. Marshawn Lynch ran for 102 yards, but didn't get the ball at the 1 on the decisive play -- a decision the Seahawks will rue.
Best, worst of Super Bowl XLIX
Super Bowl 49, which appropriately featured the best two teams in football, was a pick 'em at kickoff.
The score was 14-14 at the half.
Even when the Seattle Seahawks rolled out to a 24-14 lead, you got the gnawing feeling it wasn't over. The New England Patriots, after all, had come back from two 14-point deficits in the divisional playoff round against Baltimore.
Sure enough, the Patriots came back with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes from Tom Brady that eclipsed the Super Bowl record for touchdown passes held by his idol Joe Montana. The 3-yard score to Julian Edelman came with 2:02 left on the clock and gave the Patriots a 28-24 lead.
This was the game we imagined, the game we deserved at the end of another rousing NFL season.
Then Jermaine Kearse became David Tyree.
After Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler tipped the ball, Kearse -- lying on his back -- bobbled and reeled in the ball at the 4-yard line.
Game over? Not so much.
With one of the best running backs in the league in their huddle, Seattle threw the ball. And Malcolm Butler intercepted it to preserve the Patriots' win.
It was one of the most cathartic endings in the history of the ultimate game.
Thus, the Seahawks failed to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since the 2004 edition of these Patriots.
New England: After winning three Super Bowls in a span of four years under the stewardship of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, the Patriots narrowly lost the next two. Now, Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have four Lombardi trophies -- something only Pittsburgh's Terry Bradshaw and Chuck Noll achieved previously.
Here are the rest of the best and the worsts in this zany contest:
Worst parting gift: With the first half winding down, Seattle defensive end Cliff Avril committed an unconscionable act, lurching into the neutral zone ahead of the snap and was flagged five yards. Problem was, it was third-and-3. The Patriots accepted the penalty, and three plays later, Tom Brady dropped in a sweet 22-yard pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski to give New England a 14-7 lead. Which led to:
Best milestone: Tom Brady's 3-yard touchdown pass to Edelman with 2:02 left in the game was his record 13th in a Super Bowl -- two more than his boyhood idol, Joe Montana.
Best roll of the dice: Seattle head coach Pete Carroll, like Patriots counterpart Bill Belichick, loves to gamble. With 6 seconds left in the first half and the ball on the Patriots' 10-yard line, most coaches (hello there, Mike McCarthy) probably would have gone for the safe play, a field goal to make it 14-10. Not Carroll. Russell Wilson fired a pass to Chris Matthews, who beat cornerback Logan Ryan and drew Seattle even at 14. It was a massive momentum-changer. And Seattle, which won the coin toss and deferred, could look forward to getting the ball to start the second half.
Best job of cornering the market: With Richard Sherman already ailing with a sprained elbow, Seattle nickel corner Jeremy Lane went out after a hit by Julian Edleman (he lost his helmet on impact) following Lane's first-quarter interception. On the Patriots' subsequent drive, they twice went after Lane's replacement, Tharold Simon -- who gave up the game's first score, an 11-yard touchdown from Tom Brady to Brandon LaFell. It was Tom Brady's 50th career postseason touchdown pass.
Worst decision by a usually sound decision-maker: Tom Brady, under pressure and pulling away from Michael Bennett's pass rush, let loose a horrific throw that Lane fielded like a punt on the goal line. The interception was Tom Brady's third in six Super Bowls and his first red-zone pick in the postseason since the 2007 season. It ended a 13-play, 58-yard drive that had consumed nearly eight minutes -- a telling swing that cost New England at least three and possibly seven points. That led to the first scoreless opening quarter in the Super Bowl since the Patriots faced the Eagles 10 years ago.
Worst decision by a usually sound decision-maker II: Tom Brady was trying to force a ball to Rob Gronkowski midway through the third quarter, but Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner snatched it for a nifty interception. After Marshawn Lynch got the Seahawks near the goal line, the Patriots likely expected another dose of Beast Mode. Instead, Wilson faked a handoff and floated a nice pass to a diving (and wide open) Doug Baldwin. The play left celebrated cornerback Darrelle Revis pointing fingers after he was screened by an official, and the Patriots found themselves in a daunting 24-14 deficit. It was the first time Tom Brady threw multiple interceptions in his six Super Bowl appearances.
Best 12th-Man moment: During the national anthem, performed by Idina Menzel, the in-stadium video board flashed the dour image of Bill Belichick. The crowd, probably more than 75 percent Seahawks fans, booed lustily, momentarily drowning out Menzel. Even the traditional jet flyover didn't do that.
Best over-the-top play: Wilson lofted a lovely ball to Matthews down the right sideline, and the wideout reeled it in with Patriots corner Kyle Arrington all over him. The play was good -- OK, great -- for 44 yards, and it put the Seahawks in business at the Patriots' 11-yard line. It was also the first catch of Matthews' NFL career. Marshawn Lynch rushed on the three subsequent plays, including a 3-yard touchdown to tie the score 7-7 with 2:16 left in the first half. To that point, Wilson had just two pass completions, compared to 15 for Tom Brady.
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