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GLENDALE---Ten years removed from his last Super
Bowl win, Tom Brady wasn t letting this one slip
Sure, the brilliant Brady needed a huge play by an
undrafted rookie to preserve New England s 28--24
Super Bowl victory over Seattle on Sunday night in
Arizona. But Brady s imprint was all over the Patriots
sensational fourth-quarter rally for their fourth NFL
championship of the Brady-Bill Belichick era.
"You know, whatever it takes," the record-setting
Brady said after throwing for four touchdowns, includ-
ing a three-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remain-
ing as New England rallied from a ten-point deficit.
"Every team has a journey and a lot of people lost
faith in us ... but we held strong, we held together,
and it s a great feeling."
The Patriots (15--4) had to survive a last-ditch
drive by the Seahawks (14--5), who got to the 1, helped
by a spectacular juggling catch by Jermaine Kearse.
Then Malcolm Butler stepped in front of Ricardo
Lockette to pick off Russell Wilson s pass and complete
one of the wildest Super Bowl finishes.
Brady leaped for joy on the Patriots sideline after
Butler s first career interception.
"It wasn t the way we drew it up," said Brady, who
won his third Super Bowl MVP award. "It was a lot
of mental toughness.
"Our team has had it all year. We never doubted
each other, so that s what it took."
Brady surpassed Joe Montana s mark of 11 Super
Bowl touchdown passes with a four-yarder to Danny
Amendola to bring the Patriots within three points.
Seattle, seeking to become the first repeat NFL
champion since New England a decade ago, was out-
played for the first half, yet tied at 14. The Seahawks
scored the only ten points of the third period, but
the NFL-leading defence couldn t slow the brilliant
Brady when it counted most.
It didn t matter how much air was in the balls,
Brady was unstoppable when the pressure was
strongest. While pushing aside the controversy over
air pressure in the footballs stemming from the AFC
title game, the Patriots moved the ball easily in the
final 12 minutes.
Seattle didn t quit---it never does---and Kearse s
33-yard catch with 1:06 remaining got it to the 5.
Marshawn Lynch rushed for 4 yards, then backup
cornerback Butler, who was victimised on Kearse s
reception, made the biggest play of his first NFL
season with 20 seconds remaining.
Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was ejected in
the final seconds for instigating a near-brawl, delaying
the celebration for the Patriots.
Soon they were mobbing one another on the same
field where their 2007 unbeaten season was ruined
in the Super Bowl by the Giants. They also fell to
the Giants for the 2011 title.
But thanks to superstar Brady and the obscure
Butler, they are champions again.
Brady has equaled Montana with four Lombardi
Trophies and three Super Bowl MVPs. He stands
alone with 13 Super Bowl touchdown passes. He was
37 for 50 for 328 yards against the NFL s top-ranked
He also was picked off twice; Brady was intercepted
a total of two times in his previous five Super Bowls.
Yet, he picked apart the Seahawks on fourth-
quarter drives of 68 and 64 yards, solidifying his
His heroics offset those of Chris Matthews, one
of Seattle s least-used players before the postseason.
Matthews recovered the onside kick that helped the
Seahawks beat Green Bay in overtime for the NFC
crown, and had a breakout performance Sunday.
Having never caught a pass in the NFL, Matthews
grabbed four for 109 yards and a touchdown. Lynch
ran for 102 yards, but didn t get the
ball at the 1 on the decisive play---a
decision the Seahawks will rue forev-
"For it to come down to a play like
that, I hate that we have to live with
that," coach Pete Carroll said, "because
we did everything right to win the foot-
The teams got down to football under
the open retractable roof at University
of Phoenix Stadium---the first venue
to host an indoor and an outdoor Super
Bowl---after dealing with distractions
far beyond the typical Super Bowl hype.
SUPER BOWL XLIX
Brady rallies Patriots to
28--24 win over Seahawks
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady celebrates with the
Vince Lombardi Trophy Sunday in Glendale, Arizona.
The Patriots won 28--24. AP PHOTO
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