Tom Brady, Patriots Win Fourth Super Bowl


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The New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, capturing the franchise’s fourth championship and their first since the 2004 season.

Tom Brady won the Most Valuable Player award for his performance in Super Bowl XLIX. (Photo courtesy of Keith Allison)

Tom Brady won the Most Valuable Player award for his performance in Super Bowl XLIX. (File Photo courtesy of Keith Allison)

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award for the third time in his career after he led a fourth quarter comeback to win the game. “It took everybody; from the first guy to the last guy,” said Brady in an interview with ESPN. “I’m proud of our effort…I just couldn’t be more proud of our team.”

After giving up a 10 point lead to go down by four points, quarterback Russell Wilson led the Seahawks on a drive that would take them all the way down to the one yard line. The drive was highlighted by an amazing catch by Jermaine Kearse, who had the ball tipped out of his hands and caught it after kicking it to himself as he was laying on his back.

Kearse’s heroic catch proved to be relatively unimportant because two plays later, Wilson was intercepted by Malcolm Butler on a slant pass at the goal line, clinching the Patriots’ victory.

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll’s play call to throw the ball on second down so close to the goal line has been criticized since the end of the game. Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith tweeted, “That was the worst play call I’ve seen in the history of football.”

A more appropriate play call for the Seahawks, according to multiple sportswriters, would have been to hand the ball off to their running back, Marshawn Lynch. Lynch’s nickname is “Beast Mode” because of his reputation for powering through would-be tacklers and gaining extra yards.

The championship is the fourth Super Bowl victory for Brady and head coach Bill Belichick. Brady tied Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for the most Super Bowl wins by a quarterback. With his sixth Super Bowl appearance, Brady set the record for the most Super Bowls by a quarterback.

With the win, the Patriots prevented the Seahawks from repeating as Super Bowl champions. The Seahawks would have become the first team to win consecutively since the Patriots did it in 2003 and 2004.

This Super Bowl was a classic, with many amazing catches and big defensive plays. Unlike the previous Super Bowl, in which the Seahawks blew out the Denver Broncos, this game came down to the very last minute, keeping fans and advertisers very happy.

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