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The 2014 NFL season is officially in the books now that Superbowl 49 is over. The New England Patriots, after two weeks of turmoil regarding “deflategate,” defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, like them or not, are 4 time Superbowl Champions and may be the best coach/QB duo in NFL History. As for the Seahawks, they go home they go home disappointed after failing to win the Superbowl two times in a row. They also made perhaps the worst play call in Superbowl history to earn themselves that loss. Let’s take a look back to see how this all transpired.
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1st quarter: After the pregame festivities, the game finally kicked off a little after 6:30 and the Patriots received the ball first. After punts by both teams, the Patriots were putting together a very nice drive that started at the 32 and had them at the Seattle 10 yard line when Tom Brady was intercepted on third down by Jeremy Lane in the endzone (espn.go.com). Lane ran the ball out to the 14 yard line, but was tackled out of bounds and broke his wrist on the play, ending his night.
2nd quarter: Seattle would punt again, giving New England the ball on their own 35 yard line. The Patriots put together a 65 yard drive that resulted in an 11 yard touchdown pass from Brady to Brandon Lafell. 7-0 New England.
After this, Seattle and New England both punted. With 7:07 left, Seattle needed a score before halftime, and they did just that, going 70 yards (with the big play coming on a 44 yard pass from Russell Wilson to Chris Matthews) and scored a touchdown on a 3 yard Marshawn Lynch touchdown. 7-7.
With 2:16 left in the half, New England responded quickly, going 80 yards and scored on a beautiful 22 yard touchdown pass from Brady to Rob Gronkowski. 14-7 New England with :31 left.
Seattle knew they would get the ball to start the 2nd half, but they capitalized on the half-minute they had left in the first half. They had themselves a solid 5 play, 80 yard drive highlighted by Russell Wilson showing off his skills out of the backfield and throwing an 11 yard touchdown pass to Chris Matthews with 6 seconds left in the half. 14-14 at halftime.
Halftime: Katy Perry riding in on a blowup Tiger dressed up as fire, dancing sharks and beach balls, surprise appearences by Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott. Twitter explodes.
3rd quarter: Seattle got the ball first and started the drive on the 20 yard line. On 1st and 10 on Seattle’s 38, Russell Wilson found Chris Matthews for 45 yards. With the ball on New England’s 8 yard line, the Seahawks could not convert a 3rd and 1 and had to settle for a field goal. 17-14 Seattle. On the next drive, Tom Brady was intercepted for the 2nd time, this time by Bobby Wagner.
Seattle capitalized on the turnover, going 50 yards and scoring on a 3 yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin. 24-14 Seattle.
Both teams punt, 3rd quarter ends with New England on their own 17 yard line.
4th quarter: New England punts, Seattle punts. Patriots get the ball at their own 32 yard line. On 3rd and 14 on New England’s 28 yard line, Tom Brady finds Julian Edelman for 21 yards. New England gets another first down on the next play after an unnecessary roughness penalty called on Earl Thomas. On 3rd and 8 on Seattle’s 25, Brady finds Edelman again for 21 yards, giving them the ball at the 4 yard line. On 2nd and 4, Brady finds Danny Amendola for 4 yards and a touchdown. 24-21 Seattle with 7:55 left.
Seattle gets the ball back and punts. New England gets the ball with 6:52 left in the game. The Patriots put together an 11 play, 64 yard touchdown drive as Brady would find Julian Edelman on a 3 yard touchdown pass. 28-24 New England with 2:02 left.
Seattle looked like they were going to pull off the comeback. The drive was highlighted by another unbelievable Superbowl catch, as Russell Wilson found Jermaine Kearse down the field for 33 yards. Kearse was on the ground when he caught the ball.
After the booth reviewed the play, Seattle had the ball at the New England 5. On 1st and 5, Marshawn Lynch ran for 4 yards. With the ball on the 1 yard line and 26 seconds on the block, Seattle threw the ball on 2nd down and Russell Wilson was intercepted by Malcolm Butler on a slant route, sealing the victory for New England.
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Thoughts and Notes:
-Congratulations to the New England Patriots for their Superbowl 49 victory.
-The play call to throw the ball on 2nd down at the 1 yard line with 26 seconds left is mind-boggling to me. Seattle has the best running back in the NFL and he is known for being physical on all areas of the field, especially the goal line. Give him the ball. He will get the job done.
-Seattle wide receiver Chris Matthews finished the game with 4 catches, 109 yards and a touchdown. This guy was on Seattle’s practice squad until December 6 this season and might have been the game’s MVP if Seattle won. The fact that he made such an impact in this game is incredible because no one knew anything about him.
-Despite all of the allegations over the past 2 weeks, the Patriots are Superbowl champions. The Patriots all knew their window of opportunity at another championship was closing. They were down 10 in the 4th quarter and came back and got the lead, and then stopped Seattle from taking the crown from them. Give them credit. Tom Brady now has 4 rings and is one of if not the greatest quarterback of all time. He deserves to be in that conversation. Belichick is also probably the greatest coach ever, and New England won partially due to the fact that Belichick outcoached Pete Carroll at the end of the game.
-Reports after the game said that Richard Sherman played this game with torn ligaments in his arm and is “likely” to undergo Tommy John surgery in the offseason. Whether or not he will be ready for next season come week 1 is not clear.
- Brady: 37/50, 328 yards, 4 TD, 2 int, SB 49 MVP
- Blount: 14 car, 40 yards
- Edelman: 9 rec, 109 yards, TD
- Gronkowski: 6 rec, 68 yards, TD
- Butler: game-winning int
- Wilson: 12/21, 247 yards, int
- Lynch: 24 car, 102 yards, TD
- Matthews: 4 rec, 109 yards, TD
- Lane and B. Wagner: Interceptions
With Superbowl 49 in the books, the NFL has many issues to face in the offseason. Who was behind deflategate? Is Roger Goodell’s job secure after the Ray Rice/Adrian Peterson cases and deflategate? Are the missed calls in the playoffs going to be looked at? What rules need to be changed? All these and more will be addressed, and it will be interesting to see how it all pans out. For all NFL coverage, make sure to keep checking the blog for new posts and podcasts. Now, let’s shift our focus to the NFL offseason and baseball season!
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