Patriots defeat Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Malcolm Butler’s goal-line interception in the closing seconds sealed the New England Patriots’ 28-24 win over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson brought the Seahawks down to the New England five-yard line with just over a minute to play after a miraculous 33-yard catch by Jermaine Kearse. But two plays later, Butler picked off Wilson to wrap up New England’s fourth Super Bowl title in franchise history.

Tom Brady was named Super Bowl MVP after throwing for 328 yards and four touchdowns, joining Joe Montana as the only three-time winners in NFL history. His fourth Super Bowl win also tied Montana and Terry Bradshaw for most all-time.

The Patriots struck first thanks to Brady’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell just over five minutes into the second quarter. Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch tied the game on a three-yard touchdown run with 2:16 left in the half.

With 31 seconds to go before halftime, Brady found All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski for a 22-yard touchdown to retake the lead. But just before the halftime whistle, Wilson connected with Christ Matthews from 11 yards out to tie the game at 14.

Matthews had never caught a pass in the NFL before Sunday. But he racked up 109 yards and a touchdown on four catches.

After the break, the Seahawks added a field goal and a Doug Baldwin touchdown to take a 24-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Facing a 10-point deficit, Brady brought the Patriots within three points on a four-yard pass to Danny Amendola. It was the 12th Super Bowl touchdown pass in Brady’s career, breaking Montana’s NFL record. Then Julian Edelman gave New England the lead with 2:02 to play, and the Seahawks had one last chance to become the first back-to-back Super Bowl champions since the Patriots in 2004-05.

For a few minutes, it looked like Seattle would pull off the comeback. On first down and 10 from New England’s 38-yard line, Wilson launched the ball down the field to Kearse. Kearse initially had the ball tipped away by a Patriots defender and fell down, but the ball bounced off his leg and right into his arms while he was still on the ground.

On the next play, Lynch took the ball four yards to the Patriots’ one-yard line. Yet Seattle Head Coach Pete Carroll opted to throw the ball on the next play instead of using Lynch, the NFL’s fourth-leading rusher during the regular season, and Wilson threw the ball away.

As the Patriots got ready to take a knee, players from both teams got involved in a small skirmish that saw Seattle defensive lineman Bruce Irvin ejected from the game.

New England’s 10-point second-half comeback was the largest in Super Bowl history.

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