The 2015 Super Bowl is in the books and it was everything the fans expected, and more. The New England Patriots came out on top with a last minute win over the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24. The win was New England’s fourth Super Bowl victory in franchise history.
A controversial call by the Seahawks to pass the ball from the 1-yard line instead of running with the ball ended up being a costly decision as Patriots un-drafted rookie, Malcolm Butler, stepped in front of Russell Wilson’s pass to make the game-ending interception.
Tom Brady won MVP and was 37 of 50 for 328 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions for New England.
Wilson completed 12 of 21 passes for 247 yards with two touchdowns and one interception for Seattle.
After a fast and scoreless first quarter, the Patriots got on the scoreboard with an 11-yard pass from Brady to Brandon LaFell with 9:47 left in the half. Seattle tied the game with a 3-yard run by Marshawn Lynch at the 2:16 mark. Lynch finished with 102 rushing yards.
With 31 seconds left before halftime, Brady connected with Rob Gronkowski on a 22-yard strike to take the lead, 14-7.
Wilson and the Seahawks did not waste any time. Wilson hit Chris Matthews with an 11-yard pass to tie the game again at 14 right before the half.
Seattle took the lead for the first time in the third quarter with a 27-yard field goal by Steven Hauschka, making it 17-14.
With 4:54 remaining in the third quarter, Wilson connected with Doug Baldwin from 3 yards out to increase their lead to 24-14. The Patriots would hold the Seahawks scoreless the rest of the way.
With 7:55 remaining in the game, New England closed the gap to 24-21 with a 4-yard pass from Brady to Danny Amendola.
With only 2:02 left on the clock, Brady found Julian Edelman for a 3-yard pass to take the lead 28-24. The last two minutes made for an exciting and controversial finish to the 2015 edition of the Super Bowl.
Jermaine Kearse of the Seahawks had a juggling catch that ultimately led to Seattle being goal to go at the 1-yard line. However, the Seahawks decided to pass and that’s when Butler made the big-time interception for the Patriots to win.
The Seahawks actually had more yards of total offense with 396, while the Patriots ended with 377. However, the Patriots gathered 25 first downs throughout the contest leaving Seattle with 20.
The 49th Super Bowl played out to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest of all time.