Super Bowl XLIX: 10 must-see plays
Brady throws 4 TDs; 3rd Super Bowl in history to be tied at half
The 49th edition of the Super Bowl, featuring the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, had an incredible finish as the Pats won 28-24. In case you missed the game, here are the 10 must-see plays.
Brady throws interception
With less than two minutes left in the first quarter, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw an interception caught by the Seahawks' Jeremy Lane at the five-yard line, just outside of Seattle's end zone. Lane returned the ball for 14 yards.
INTERCEPTION! <a href="https://twitter.com/StayingInMyLane">@StayingInMyLane</a> with the 1st turnover of the day. Heavy pressure by <a href="https://twitter.com/mosesbread72">@mosesbread72</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SB49?src=hash">#SB49</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NEvsSEa?src=hash">#NEvsSEa</a> <a href="http://t.co/lvWEbUDg2j">pic.twitter.com/lvWEbUDg2j</a>—@Seahawks
This was the only scoring threat of the first quarter.
Lane suffered an injury to his arm on the play and left the field for treatment.
Patriots score first
The Patriots got on the board first with an 11-yard touchdown pass from Brady to Brandon LaFell with just under 10 minutes left in the second quarter.
Touchdown New England. Brady finds Lafell on a quick 11 yard in. Seahawks 0, Patriots 7 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NEvsSEA?src=hash">#NEvsSEA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SB49?src=hash">#SB49</a> <a href="http://t.co/XPbcQDHgXA">pic.twitter.com/XPbcQDHgXA</a>—@Seahawks
They got the extra point and went up 7-0.
Beast Mode ties things up
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch, known as "Beast Mode," ran in an three-yard touchdown on a third-down play to even things up with just over two minutes left in the half. Lynch ran hard, getting through three of the Patriots' defensive players before spinning in, over the line for the score.
The Seahawks added the extra point to make the score 7-7.
Gronk responds with another Patriots touchdown
The Patriots' Brady threw a 22-yard pass down the right side of the field to Rob Gronkowski who held on to give back New England the lead.
New England kicked the extra point to go up by seven.
Matthews grabs pass for the touchdown
It only took Russell Wilson 1.79 seconds to take the snap and get an 11-yard pass off to Chris Matthews, who caught the ball as he leapt into the air, coming down for the touchdown with only two seconds left on the clock.
TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS! All <a href="https://twitter.com/TheRealCMaTT13">@TheRealCMatt13</a> does is make BIG (Super) catches. Tied up just before half! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NEvsSEA?src=hash">#NEvsSEA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SB49?src=hash">#SB49</a> <a href="http://t.co/GvTfrfMgET">pic.twitter.com/GvTfrfMgET</a>—@Seahawks
Seattle got the extra point and evened the score at 14 a piece going in to half time.
Baldwin wide open for the touchdown
The second half kicked off with a 27-yard field goal from the Seahawks Steven Hauschka four minutes into the third quarter. But the first big scoring play of the half was a touchdown catch from the Seahawks' Doug Baldwin to give Seattle 10 unanswered points.
They kicked the extra point and went up 24-17. The score remained the same until the fourth quarter.
Patriots' Amendola keeps them in the hunt
The Patriots refused to go away, responding to the Seahawks 10-point scoring run with another touchdown pass from Brady, this time to Danny Amendola. The four-yard pass caught Amendola at the back of the end zone.
The bullet of a pass brought the Patriots to within three points with just under eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter.
New England takes the lead
With just over two minutes left in the game, the Patriots pulled out another touchdown with a three-yard pass to Julian Edelman to take the lead.
The second and goal play saw Edelman gain some room from the Seahawks Tharold Simon and make the catch just inside the end zone. New England's extra point attempt was good and they went up 28-24.
That would be all the scoring for this game, but not the last play you need to see.
Kearse makes catch of the game
The catch of the game goes to Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse who held on to the ball as he fell to the ground and the ball bounced off his legs. He is able to keep it from hitting the ground, keeping the play alive.
Wilson throws interception
As Kearse's catch shows, Seattle didn't give up, getting to within a yard of the Patriots' end zone. On second and goal, with less than 30 seconds on the clock, Wilson threw an interception to Malcolm Butler who returned the ball for three yards.
The turnover was the end of the Seahawks dream for back-to-back Super Bowl titles. New England retained possession for the rest of the game.