Left out of the conversation for the most part was New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s MVP performance.
Brady went 13 of 16 for 124 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter on Sunday, including 8 of 8 for 65 yards on the Patriots final drive that led to a 28-24 win.
“I’ve been at it for 15 years and we’ve had a couple of tough losses in this game,” Brady said. “This one came down to the end, and this time, we made the plays.”
Trailing 24-14, Brady completed two 21-yard passes to Julian Edelman before hitting Danny Amendola for a four-yard touchdown to trim the deficit to three points. The scoring drive went 68 yards on nine plays.
After the Seahawks’ three-and-out, Brady marched the Patriots 64 yards on 11 plays for the go-ahead score. Brady chipped away at the Seahawks’ secondary with short passes before connecting with Rob Gronkowski for a 20-yard gain to the Seattle 32. He also threw to Gronkowski for a 13-yard gain and another first down at the Seahawks 19.
New England’s final touchdown came on a three-yard pass to Edelman, with the extra-point kick making it 28-24.
“He’s Tom Brady,” Edelman said. “He’s the greatest quarterback on the planet.”
Brady was named the game’s MVP, and tied Joe Montana with four Super Bowl titles and three MVPs. With four touchdown passes on Sunday, Brady surpassed Montana for the most TD passes in Super Bowl history with 13.
Carroll’s explanation: Following the decision to pass on second down from the Patriots 1 yard line that resulted in an interception by New England rookie Malcolm Butler with 20 seconds left, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll explained what they were thinking.
“We were going to leave no time, we had sent in our personnel, they sent in goal-line, it wasn’t the right matchup for us to run the football,” Carroll said. “So on second down we throw the ball to really kind of waste that play. If we score, we do, if we don’t then we’ll run it in on third and fourth down.”
Butler’s interception was the first from the 1-yard line this season by any player. Prior to that play, the Seahawks had rushed on seven of their nine plays from the 1 this season, resulting in three touchdowns, and scored one TD on the two passes. Marshawn Lynch ran five times from the 1 this season for minus-1 yard and one TD.
Sidelines: NFL Network analyst and Hall of Fame player Warren Sapp was arrested for assault and soliciting a prostitute on Monday morning in Phoenix. The incident occurred at a hotel in Phoenix, where Sapp was covering the Super Bowl. Sapp, who was arrested for domestic battery in 2014, was fired by the NFL Network on Monday… Cleveland Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel entered a treatment center last week as a result of his lifestyle off the field. Manziel is expected to be in rehab for at least a few weeks… The University of Phoenix Stadium became the first venue to ever host an indoor and outdoor Super Bowl when the roof was left open for Sunday’s game. The roof was closed for Super Bowl XLVII when the New York Giants defeated New England… Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman played with torn ligaments in his left elbow in Sunday’s Super Bowl, and will have Tommy John surgery to fix it. Sherman injured the elbow in the NFC Championship Game… Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won his first Super Bowl in 2002. The span of 13 years since his first and most recent Super Bowl championships matches linebacker Ted Hendricks, who won in 1971 with the Baltimore Colts and in 1983 with the Oakland Raiders.
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