New England Patriots take XLIX victory

Lindsay Lillig

The New England Patriots clenched the win over the Seattle Seahawks within the final minute of Super Bowl XLIX.

The Patriots looked promising during the first half of the game, leading 14-7 with only thirty seconds remaining. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell’s touchdown catch put the first seven points on the board for New England, which was answered by a three-yard touchdown completed by Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch. Quarterback Tom Brady’s second touchdown pass to tight end Rob Gronkowski put New England in the lead, until Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson completed a last-ditch pass to wide receiver Chris Matthews for a touchdown to tie the game going into the second half.

Katy Perry delivered a spectacular halftime performance, which received almost as much hype and media buzz as when Beyoncé performed two years ago.

The Seahawks took the second half by storm. Seattle neutralized the Brady-led offense with a field goal by kicker Stephen Haushka and a touchdown reception by wide receiver Doug Baldwin, giving the team a 24-14 lead as they entered the final quarter.

Brady made quick work to overcome the 10-point deficit by coordinating a pair of touchdown passes to receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman. New England clung to its four-point lead until Seattle regained possession with two minutes left in the game.

Seattle maneuvered its way to midfield, and then the unbelievable happened. Seahawk receiver Jermaine Kearse completed a 33-yard catch which was initially deflected by New England cornerback Malcolm Butler but then fell right into Kearse’s arms after he was knocked onto his back within five yard of the goal line. The hope of Patriots fans everywhere hung in the balance.

Two plays later, with only 20 seconds and one time-out left, New England’s Butler converted an interception inches from Seattle’s end zone. If any player made a wrong move, the game would be over—in either team’s favor. Seattle was penalized for a false start which bumped New England out of the danger of Seattle scoring a safety.

Seconds later, Seattle linebacker Bruce Irvin threw a punch at Gronkowski. Several players were involved in the brawl which ensued after the offsides penalty. The altercation lasted nearly thirty seconds before it could be broken up. Irvin was ejected, and the Patriots took a knee for the win.

Brady was named XLIX MVP and left the field with his fourth Super Bowl ring.