Wow what a game! My prediction was as close to right as I could hope, a Patriot’s 28-24 victory after a last-second end zone pick by Patriots safety Malcolm Butler. The Seahawks looked like they were going to steal an unexpected victory after a circus catch by Jermaine Kearse in the last minute of the 4th quarter. Tom Brady took home a brand new car as he was named Super Bowl XLIX MVP. Here is my quick take on what went right for the Patriots and what went wrong for the Seahawks.
Tom Brady looked a little shaky in the first half, missing some throws and throwing an interception, but he eventually found his footing, finishing the game 37/50 with 328 yards and four touchdowns. Brady was able to use short curl routes to allow his receivers to get separation from the lockdown Legion of Boom after a running game featuring LeGarrett Blount and Shane Vereen failed to produce anything significant. Brady found a different receiver on each of his touchdown throws, hooking up with Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, Danny Amendola and Brandon LaFell. Tom Brady joined Joe Montana as the 2nd 3-time Super Bowl MVP and eclipsed Montana for most touchdown passes thrown in Super Bowl history when he hit Edelman for his 12th career Super Bowl touchdown.
The Seahawks played extremely well, but in the end it was a questionable play call by Pete Carroll on the half yard line that spelled doom for the Seahawks. Although I am a firm believer in the ideal that one touchdown does not decide a game, the Seahawks could have easily repeated if they allowed for Marshawn Lynch to bulldoze his way into the end zone. Instead, Russell Wilson threw the last second interception targeting Kearse on a slant route near the goal line. Touch break for the Hawks.
The Brady-Belichick reign has been affirmed as one of the best coach-qb duos of all time. The Hawks chance at a repeat may have faltered, but I believe this isn’t the last time we see a Russell Wilson led Seahawks team in the final game. Say tuned for a more in depth review of the game tomorrow.