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Super Bowl XLIX


New England 28, Seattle 24

Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes, including the go-ahead score to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining, and Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass in the end zone with 20 seconds left to preserve the Patriots' fourth Super Bowl win. Brady's third TD throw was his 12th in the Super Bowl, breaking Joe Montana's record. Still, Seattle nearly pulled off an improbable victory, moving deep into New England territory on Jermaine Kearse's acrobatic 33-yard catch, but Butler came up big two plays later, stepping in front of a pass at the goal line.

February 1, 2015
University of Pheonix Stadium
Attendance 70,288

Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass at the goal line with 20 seconds remaining to help the Patriots clinch the franchise's fourth Super Bowl title. Bill Belichick tied Chuck Noll for the most Super Bowl titles (4) by a head coach. The Patriots had the first scoring opportunity, but Jeremy Lane intercepted Brady's pass in the end zone. Lane returned the interception to the Seattle 14-yard line and was injured during the return. Brady completed five passes on the next possession, including a pair of third-down conversions, and capped by an 11-yard scoring pass to Brandon LaFell. Seattle scored on a 3-yard run by Marshawn Lynch with 2:16 left in the half, set up by a 44-yard pass deep down the right sideline from Russell Wilson to Chris Matthews—his first career NFL catch—to tie the game. On the next drive Brady connected twice with Shane Vereen for first downs before finding Rob Gronkowski down the right side for a 22-yard touch-down for a 14-7 lead with 31 seconds left in the half. Robert Turbin gained 19 yards on the first play following the kickoff, and Wilson scrambled for 17 on the next. With 11 seconds left in the half Wilson fired a 23-yard pass to Ricardo Lockette, plus a 15-yard face mask penalty, placed the ball at the Patriots' 6-yard line with six seconds remaining. The Seahawks eschewed a field-goal attempt, and Wilson completed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Matthews, his first NFL touchdown, with two seconds left to tie the game. A 45-yard pass to Matthews on the opening drive of the second half helped the Seahawks drive into the red zone, but New England's defense stopped Lynch on third-and-1 and Seattle settled for Steven Hauschka's 27-yard field goal. Bobby Wagner intercepted Brady on the next possession and Wilson capitalized with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin for a 24-14 lead with 4:54 left in the third quarter. The Seahawks forced a punt and then drove into Patriots' territory, but on third-and-2 Jermaine Kearse could not hold onto Wilson's pass. After an exchange of punts, the Patriots had the ball but were faced with third-and-14 with 10:58 to play. Badly in need of a first down, Brady found Julian Edelman over the middle for 21 yards. Four plays later, on third-and-8, another 21-yard pass from Brady to Edelman set up Danny Amendola's 4-yard touchdown catch with 7:55 to play to pull the Patriots to within three points. The Patriots' defense forced a three-and-out and Brady engineered a 10-play, 64-yard drive, completing all 8 of his pass attempts, and capped by Edelman's 3-yard catch with 2:02 to play for a 28-24 lead. A 33-yard juggling, deflection catch by Kearse, while on his back, put the ball at the Patriots' 5 with 1:06 to play. Lynch gained 4 yards on the next play. The Patriots had two timeouts but let the clock run down to 26 seconds before the ball was snapped. Wilson attempted a quick pass to the right side. Brandon Browner slowed Kearse at the line and Butler jumped the route and intercepted Wilson's pass to clinch the victory. Brady was 37 of 50 for 328 yards with 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Vereen had 11 receptions for 64 yards, and Edelman had 9 catches for 109 yards. Wilson was 12 of 21 for 247 yards with 2 touchdowns and 1 interception. Lynch carried 24 times for 102 yards, and Matthews had 4 receptions for 109 yards.

Game Notes

Head coach Bill Belichick tied NFL records by matching Don Shula with his 6th Super Bowl appearance and tying Chuck Noll with his 4th Super Bowl win.

Tom Brady joined Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana as the only quarterbacks with 4 Super Bowl victories, while matching Joe Montana's NFL-record 3 Super Bowl MVP Awards.

Brady extended his Super Bowl records for passing yards (1,605) and completions (164), while passing Joe Montana for most touchdown passes (13) in Super Bowl history.

Brady set Super Bowl records with 20 first half completions and 37 total completions.

Shane Vereen's 11 receptions were a Super Bowl record for a running back, and Ryan Allen set a Super Bowl record with a 64-yard punt.

The New England Patriots take on the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium.

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