This past Sunday, Super Bowl XLIX gave the fans another exciting game, with a last minute win by the New England Patriots. An unknown nickelback of Division II West Alabama, undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler intercepted a Seahawks QB pass that preserved the Patriots 28-24 win over Seattle in this Bowl game.
The scoring in the game in the first half was expected and neither the Patriots nor Seahawks scored in the 1st quarter, then in the second quarter both teams scored 14 points each taking the game to half-time Seattle 14 Patriots 14. The 2nd half was somewhat different as the Seahawks scored 10 points in the 3rd quarter, while the Patriots were scoreless. In the 4 quarter thanks to the late Patriots interception, the Seahawks were scoreless, while the Patriots scored 14 points to take the lead and winning score, Patriots 28 and Seahawks 24.
The statistics of this game appear to favor the New England Patriots in most categories with the exception of rushing yard, total yards and interceptions. The Patriots had 25-1st downs on 72 plays for 377 total yards, with 320 passing and 57 rushing with 2 interceptions, while possessing the ball for 33:46 minutes of the game.
The Seattle Seahawks had 20-1st downs on 53 plays for 396 yards, with 234 passing and 162 rushing yards, with 1 interception (that cost them the game) and had ball possession for 26:14 minutes of the 60 minute Super Bowl game.
The offensive leaders for the Patriots were QB Brady who completed 37 of his 50 pass attempts, with 4 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and was sacked 1 time losing 8 yards. RBs Blount & Vereen combined for 18 carries for 53 yards and neither scored a TD. Receivers Edelman & Gronkowski combined for 15 catches for 177 yards with Edelman scoring 1 TD and Gronkowski scoring 1 TD.
Leading Seattle offensively was QB Wilson who completed 12 of his 21 passes for 247 yards for 2 touchdowns and 1 costly interception, and was sacked 3 times for a total loss of 13 yards. RB Lynch & QB Wilson combined for 27 carries for 161 yards with Lynch scoring 1 TD. Receivers Matthews and Lockette combined for 7 receptions for 168 yards with Matthews scoring 1 TD.
New England needed to overcome the last chance drive by Seattle that took them to the 1 yard line, that was aided in success by a catch by WR Kearse that he juggled but maintained possession as the Seahawks went down the field, with RB Lynch taking them to the 1 yard line with 20 seconds left in the game, with 2nd down and goal. On the final play of the game DB Butler was the third corner, and he claims he knew the pass was going to be thrown his way so jumped in front of Seahawks receiver Lockette to make the interception and give the Patriots the ball as they ran out the clock and claimed victory in this Super Bowl XLIX.