New England Patriots Win Super Bowl XLIX


The New England Patriots are world champions! The Patriots came back from 10 points down to take a 28 – 24 lead with two minutes left in the game to become the Super Bowl XLIX champions.

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In what can only be described as a speechless moment, the Seattle Seahawks literally gave away the game with 20 seconds left. Russell Wilson with only seconds remaining hit Jermaine Kearse on a deep pass that seemed to seal the victory for the Seattle. The ball was deflected by the receiver and hit off the coverage defender but landed in the arms of Kearse to set up Seattle first and goal from inside the ten yard line.

On the next play Seattle handed the ball left to Marshawn Lynch who took the ball to the two yard line setting up a 2nd and goal with just over 20 seconds remaining. Then it happened. New England, holding on to a slim four point lead opted to not use their timeouts but instead Bill Belichick left the game in the hands of his defense. On that 2nd down, Russell Wilson took the snap and instead of handing it to Lynch, he threw a slant route pass that was intercepted at the goal line securing an improbably victory for the Patriots.

The question was and will remain, why throw such a pass that close to the goal line with the best short yardage running back in the NFL? The Seattle Seahawks will have all off-season to think about it. The replay does show that contact with the receiver was made well prior to the interception, in fact the defender Malcom Butler knocked the receiver to the ground without ever touching the ball. No penalty however was called and it won’t matter much now.

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Just prior to the game it was announced that the Seahawks had extended an offer to Lynch who is an impending free agent. Yet when the game came down to the final push, a two yard push, they opted to go elsewhere.

The Super Bowl lived up to all the hype that has been generated for the past two weeks and literally came down to seconds but that play, much like the David Tyree helmet catch that ultimately ended the New England Patriots attempt at a perfect season, will forever be questioned…or at least scrutinized.