Patriots Leave Seahawks Deflated in Super Bowl XLIX


Delaney Miller, Staff Reporter

New England fans held their breath as the last 30 seconds of Sunday’s Super Bowl game ticked away. 28-24 Patriots with Seattle on the one yard line. 26 seconds. 2nd down. With Marshawn Lynch, Seahawk star running back, lined up ready for the touchdown, hope seemed to be lost for fans of the three time championship team from Boston.

And then, the game changer that will forever go down in history as one of the most controversial calls made by head coach of the Seahawks, Pete Carroll, took place. Carroll and offensive coordinator, Darrell Bevell, made the split decision to run a slant route that was meant for receiver Ricardo Lockette instead of utilizing Lynch. In that moment, New England rookie cornerback, Malcolm Butler, saw an opportunity and took it. He intercepted the pass from quarterback Russell Wilson and sent fans on both teams into a complete uproar.

“I just had a vision that I was going to make a big play,” said Butler when interviewed by Michelle Tafoya after the game. This was the first interception of his career.

Of course, Malcolm Butler cannot be given all of the credit for the win against the Seattle Seahawks. Down 14-24 in the 4th quarter, Patriots offense stepped up and did their job. Tom Brady threw for two touchdowns in the course of six minutes giving New England a four point lead.

Patriot defense held Seattle to a total of 84 yards during the entire fourth quarter. Despite all of this, it seemed that the Seahawks had the game in the bag. According to the website Advanced Football Analytics, Seattle had an 88% chance of winning the game in the last seconds of the fourth.

The pass play called by Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell resulted in Super Bowl XLIX being officially voted the second most painful loss in Super Bowl History. It was second only to the 1991 Bills vs. Giants Super Bowl when a missed field goal in the last seconds prevented the Bills from claiming their first championship title.

In the closing ceremonies of the game, New England starting quarterback of fourteen years, Tom Brady was named MVP. Brady broke several records in the game and pushed himself even closer to becoming the greatest quarterback of all time.

Superbowl XLIX will always be remembered in the hearts of the fans of both teams. For the New England Patriots, it was redemption. They earned their fourth Super Bowl title and showed the nation that they were not cheaters (in light of the recent deflated footballs incident).

For Seattle fans, the game was a slap in the face. They were looking for their second consecutive championship and were robbed of it. No matter what team you rooted for, it is indisputable that Super Bowl XLIX is one for the ages.

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