Super Bowl XLIX

Was that the best Super Bowl ever?

It was a game which had everything. Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll went toe-to-toe in this classic chess match. These were two heavyweights weighing each other up in the opening rounds.

The first score didn’t come until New England’s first drive of the second quarter. By the end of the quarter it was 14-14.

When Brady threw his interception in the middle of the third quarter, and Seattle went 24-14 up in the resulting drive, you began to question whether Brady had enough to bring the Patriots back. No team had ever come back from a double digit scoreline in the Super Bowl before!

The fourth opened with a three and out for both sides. And then New England drove for 68 yards in 9 plays and closed the gap to three points. When the Patriots’ D had to stand firm they held the Seahawks to another three and out. The ball was handed back to Brady and he threw eight consecutive completions, including the touchdown pass to Julian Edelman.

As we entered the two minute warning, the game was far from over. The Seahawks charged 79 yards in just 1min and 52secs. It looked like the footballing gods were on Seattle’s side as Jermaine Kearse made a 33 yard catch on his back. Some defensive back named Malcolm Butler looked to have prevented the pass, but Kearse somehow made that miraculous catch. Marshawn Lynch rushed the ball to the one yard line and it looked like game, set and match.

Everyone expected Lynch to bulldoze his way over the line. Instead, Russell Wilson threw the ball to Richardo Lockette and saw it intercepted by Malcolm Butler. Game over.

Tom Brady was jumping for joy on the sideline. The Super Bowl MVP broke Joe Montana’s pass record and joins the QB with four rings. Debates will run for years to come about where this game ranks in the archives and whether Brady is the best we’ve seen.

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