New England Patriots cement dynasty with fourth Super Bowl win
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 02, 2015 11:54 AM
New England QB Tom Brady owns the Superbowl records for most wins and most touchdowns by a quarterback. (Photo courtesy of New England Patriots Facebook page)
Of course, NFL Super Bowl XLIX had to end with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots trailing in the fourth quarter with the Seattle Seahawks’ defense, regarded as one of history’s best, lining up in front of them.
Future Hall of Famer Brady led two scoring drives in the decisive period of the season as the Patriots overcame the Seahawks, 28-24, on Sunday (Monday in the Philippines) at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Super Bowl win is the Patriots’ fourth in 14 seasons and reinforces their status as the league’s modern dynasty. Vince Lombardi trophy number four for Brady also makes him the championship game’s winningest quarterback.
The defending champion Seahawks were up, 24-14, entering the fourth, but were let down by their historically stout defense in the final 15 minutes of the game. After Seattle went four-and-out on the first possession of the period, Brady engineered a nine-play, 68-yard drive that ended with a touchdown pass to Danny Amendola and the scoreboard at 24-21 with eight minutes to go.
The Patriots defense then stalled the Seahawks offense again and with the ball back in his hands, Brady maneuvered a 10-play, 64-yard push that Julian Edelman completed with a touchdown catch. With two minutes left in the title match, Brady and the Patriots were suddenly ahead, 28-24.
Seattle did not lie down and roll over after back-to-back scores however, as quarterback Russell Wilson aired it out for 75 yards to put his team at the New England five-yard line with 1:06 on the clock. Running back Marshawn Lynch then pounded the ball through the Patriots’ defensive line for a four-yard gain.
With his team at the New England goal-line at only second down and Lynch consistently overpowering the New England defense, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll instead opted for a pass play. Wilson’s throw to third-string receiver Ricardo Lockette was intercepted by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler to end the drive and the game.
Brady was named Superbowl MVP, his third in six title tilts, and finished with 37/50 passes for 328 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions. The New England quarterback’s last passing score to Amendola also set the Superbowl record for touchdown passes at 13.
However, it was the rookie Butler and their defense that closed the deal for the Patriots who avoided their third Super Bowl loss after winning their first three in four years. New England was upended two times by the New York Giants in 2008 and 2012, with the 2008 Super Bowl also played in the University of Phoenix Stadium.