Patriots Beat Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led the New England team to its fourth National Football League championship.
The New England Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday night at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
The Pete Carroll-led Seahawks and Bill Belichick-coached Patriots were tied at the half, but the Seahawks scored 10 unanswered points in the third quarter to enter the final frame leading 24-14. But the Pats answered with two touchdowns in the fourth to reclaim the lead, 28-24, and two plays near the end of the game clinched it for New England.
On the drive following the second New England touchdown of the fourth quarter, Seahawks QB Russell Wilson threw a 33-yard pass to WR Jermaine Kearse, who caught the ball on his back after a tipped defection from the defender, setting Seattle up with a 1st and goal from the New England 5-yard line. But after a 4-yard run by Marshawn Lynch, Wilson proceeded to throw an interception while attempting to hit wide receiver Ricardo Lockette over the middle. Following the Patriots interception, the Seahawks picked up an encroachment penalty after defensive end Michael Bennett jumped offside, negating a soon-to-be safety, which would have resulted in the Seahawks getting the ball back.
A fight broke out soon after the Patriots accepted the 5-yard penalty, and the New England team proceeded to take a knee, securing their victory.
In an interview with sportscaster Chris Berman during the Jan. 25 Pro Bowl, Tom Brady said of Super Bowl opponent Wilson: "I really admire what he's been able to accomplish in such a short period of time. … He's a great leader for that team. I can see why they've got to this point."
The Feb. 1 game was Brady's sixth Super Bowl and the fourth Patriots win.