Super Bowl 49
Tom Brady knew he wasn’t going to let another Super Bowl fall out of his hands. That Super bowl victory puts Brady in the midst of the greatest who’ve ever played. Yes, the Patriots needed that huge interception by Malcolm Butler to win the game. But Brady played lights out football passing for four touchdowns and throwing 328 total yards. New England had to hold on to a last drive by the Seahawks. That drive ended with Malcolm Butler stepping in front of Ricardo Lockette and picking of a pass that left Tom Brady jumping for joy on the New England sideline. Brady bolted past Joe Montana’s record of 11 Super Bowl touchdown passes. “You know, whatever it takes,” said Tom. Brady threw the game-winning 3-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edleman with 2:02 remaining left New England the champions.
Seattle, who was trying to capture their second straight title, was dominated in the first half, but the game remained an even fourteen a piece. Brady was still unstoppable with time against him and pressure on his back. New England pushed aside the Deflategate controversy that lasted the two weeks leading up to the game. But Seattle didn’t give up, and Russell Wilson completed a 33-yard pass to Jermaine Kearse putting them at the five. Marshawn Lynch then ran for four yard gain to the one yard line. That’s when Malcolm Butler’s big play came in. “I just had a vision that I was going to make a big play and it came true,” the Patriots corner said. “I’m just blessed. I can’t explain it now. It’s just crazy.” Meanwhile, when Lynch was asked, by ESPN’s Jim Trotter, if he was surprised that he didn’t get the ball at the goal line he responded, “No because we play football. It’s a team sport.” Seattle’s Bruce Irvin was ejected after instigating a last second brawl. Minutes later, New England was celebrating on the same field that the Giants ruined their hopes of an undefeated season.
But by the terrific performance by Tom Brady and the Malcolm Butler interception the Pats remain champs. “Malcolm, what a play, I mean, for a rookie to make a play like that to win us the super Bowl is unbelievable.”, Brady said of his teammate. Brady did throw for two interceptions though, one to Jeremy Lane and another one to Bobby Wagner. Lane, who injured his wrist on the return, was replaced by Tharold Simon. Simon got burned the next drive by fourth Super Bowl title leaving many wondering the same question: Is Brady the best ever?