Super Bowl recap

Eric Moore
Sports Editor

Pro Football Recap
Championship Sunday
2/1 University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
New England 28
Seattle 24

The consensus two best teams in the league met up for the biggest game of the year, for all the marbles and it certainly lived up to the billing. Both teams were locked and loaded and ready for battle. In the first quarter the Seattle offense couldn’t muster an offensive effort while New England was able to drive it downfield only for Brady to be intercepted by Jeremy Lane on the goal line. After the first it was tied 0-0. New England opened up the scoring in the 2nd quarter when Brandon LaFell caught an 11 yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to make it 7-0. With just over 2 minutes left in the half, Seattle tied it on a Marshawn Lynch 3 yard touchdown. The touchdown was set up by an incredible 44 yard leaping catch by unheralded receiver Chris Matthews. Brady and New England got the ball back with 2:16 left in the half and Brady quickly guided his team down the field and connected with Rob Gronkowski for a 22 yard score with 31 seconds left. Seattle could have just ran a couple plays and taken the game into half down 14-7 and getting the ball to start the second half. All indications pointed to them doing so as they handed the ball off to Ryan Turbin on their first play, but what people didn’t expect was Turbin rumbling down field for 19 yards on that play. Seattle’s Russell Wilson scrambled on the next play for 17 yards and ran out of bounds at the New England 44 with 17 seconds left. After a pass to Ricado Lockette for 23 yards and a subsequent facemask penalty, Seattle was set up at the New England 11 with 6 seconds left. That left time for one play and Chris Matthews came to the rescue again when Wilson connected with him for an 11 yard touchdown with 2 seconds left to tie it all at 14. HALFTIME.

(Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz, Missy Elliot and some dancing beach balls crushed a great halftime performance.)

Seattle got the ball to start the second half and promptly went on a 4 minute drive that set up a 27 yard Steven Hauschka field goal to take their first lead of the game 17-14. New England responded with Brady’s second interception of the game. He was looking for Gronkowski when Bobby Wagner plucked the ball out of the air to set Seattle up on the 50 yard line. Seattle took advantage of the short field and quickly drove down field capping the drive with a touchdown pass to a wide open Doug Baldwin to take a 24-14 lead. Both teams would then trade short possession where neither moved the ball much until New England got the ball back with 12:10 left in the game. On the first play of that possession Brady was sacked for an 8 yard loss. On 3rd and 14 from their own 28 Brady connected with Julian Edelman for 21 yards. After a penalty for unnecessary roughness on Earl Thomas, New England advanced to the Seattle 27 yard line. A couple plays later Brady was faced with another 3rd and long and was able to find Edelman again for another 21 yard gain down to the 4 yard line. Brady then found Danny Amendola for a 4 yard touchdown pass to make it 24-21 Seattle. Seattle got the ball back with 7:55 left and promptly was forced to punt. New England took over at their own 36 with 6:52 left and used 4:50 of clock to march down the field. They never had to convert a third down on the drive as they continually chipped yardage away. The 10 play 64 yard drive was capped by a Tom Brady touchdown pass to Julian Edelman with 2:02 left in the game. On the first play of the drive, Wilson connected with Marshawn Lynch on a beautiful slant and go route for 31 yards. A couple plays later, Wilson found Jermaine Kearse for a 33 yard gain down to the New England 5 yard line with 1:14 left. Lynch then took a physical 4 yard run down to the 1 yard line. With the biggest play of the season on the line, New England coach Bill Belichik decided not to call time out as the clock ran down to 20 seconds before the 2nd and goal from the 1 yard line was run. To everyone’s shock Seattle came out in a shot gun formation and Seattle Offensive Coordinator dialed up a quick slant route pass play. One Problem, CB Malcolm Butler had the play read and cut off the route intercepting the ball with 20 seconds left. New England took over at the NE 1, but still had to run a play as a safety would give the ball back to Seattle. Brady used a hard count to draw Michael Bennett offside. Now from the 6 yard line and the game wrapped up Seattle defenders got scrappy and the Super Bowl quickly turned into the Royal Rumble as Seattle players provoked a melee. The end result was Seattle’s Bruce Irvin being ejected as he threw a punch or two. After that, the confetti dropped and New England were crowned champions after their 28-24 victory. Tom Brady was named MVP as he 3750 for 328 yards and 4 touchdowns. Brady has now won 4 Super Bowls in his career. Belichick is also now tied with Chuck Knoll for most wins as a head coach. This game was one of the most memorable championships in recent memory. So now we sadly say goodbye to football until August. Thanks for a great season!


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