Glendale (United States) (AFP) – Tom Brady and the New England Patriots rallied to edge Seattle 28-24 in Super Bowl 49, scuttling the Seahawks bid for a second straight NFL championship in dramatic style.
With their fourth Super Bowl triumph — and first in a decade — the Patriots reconfirmed their status on Sunday as the league s dominant team of the 21st century, a mantle they aren t prepared to hand over to the Seahawks just yet.
“Whatever it takes,” said Brady, whose three-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman gave the Patriots a lead they wouldn t relinquish with 2:02 remaining.
“We were playing a great defense and they re a great team. Took everything all the way to the last play.
“I m just proud of our effort and our determination,” added Brady, whose team recovered from a lackluster start to the season and dealt all week with suggestions they purposely under-inflated footballs used in a playoff win over Indianapolis.
“It s just a great win,” Brady said. “We left it all on the field.”
The Patriots rallied from a 24-14 third-quarter deficit, becoming the first team in Super Bowl history to trail by double digits in the second half and win the game.
Rookie Malcolm Butler s goal-line interception of a pass by Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson with 20 seconds left preserved the victory in a title showdown that lived up to its billing as a clash of titans.