Tom Brady and the Patriots hold off the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX


By James H. Williams

Quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24, in Super Bowl XLIX. 

For Brady, it was a record breaking night. 

Brady went 37 of 50 passing for 328 yards that resulted in four touchdowns and two interceptions against the Seahawks. The performance resulted in Brady being named the game’s most valuable player. 

The honor made Brady the only player, along with Joe Montana, to win Super Bowl MVP three times. 

Brady’s fourth career Super Bowl victory tied him with Montana and Terry Bradshaw for the most Super Bowl victories by a starting quarterback. 

While Brady earned his fourth Super Bowl title, it was the first for players such as Rob Gronkowski and Darrelle Revis. 

For the Seahawks, quarterback Russell Wilson went 12 of 21 passing for 247 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. 

The one interception by the Wilson took play on what was the final offensive play of the game for Seattle as Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler caught the ball on the goal line to seal the victory. 

The play call left many people puzzled including fans and former players, who took to social media to question the decision by Pete Carroll and his coaching staff to not run the ball with Marshawn Lynch. 

When asked about the call after the game, Carroll did not shy away from the question. 

“This is not a baffling situation for us,” Carroll said. “It just didn’t work out for us.” 

Lynch finished the game having rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. He also had a catch for 31 yards. 

If the Seahawks were to have won the Super Bowl, Chris Matthews could have been a strong contender for MVP follow his performance. 

Matthews finished with four catches for 109 receiving yards and a touchdown. 

Matthews was in the Canadian Football League in 2012 and was named as the Most Outstanding Rookie. 

Among those who covered Matthews during the game was Patriots defensive back Brandon Browner.  

The Super Bowl victory with New England made Browner a back-to-back Super Bowl Champion after spending last season with the Seahawks, who won the Super Bowl last year. 

The win also tied Bill Belichick with Chuck Noll for the most Super Bowl wins by a head coach with four. 

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