Superbowl Recap

Superbowl+Recap

Graphic by Tommy Danaher '15

On the night of February 1st, 2015, two well-deserving teams were set to square off for the right to call themselves champions.  The Seattle Seahawks, the reigning world champions, were looking to make history and form a dynasty of their own.  The New England Patriots were attempting to cement their legacy as the team of the 21st century.

Throughout the first half, the Patriots looked poised to do just that.  Thoroughly dominating all aspects of the game, they got some separation at last when Tom Brady threw a touchdown to Rob Gronkowski with just 31 seconds left to take a 14-7 lead.

But Russell Wilson hussled his team right down and threw a touchdown pass to Chris Matthews with only six seconds left, making it the quickest touchdown drive of the entire season.  Seattle entered the locker room with momentum.

As the second half began, Seattle looked like they had gotten a full head of steam.  A Marshawn Lynch fueled drive that culminated in a field goal, followed by another Wilson touchdown pass, this time to Doug Baldwin, gave the Seahawks a 24-14 lead.  With the the Legion of Boom, a struggling Tom Brady, and a Seattle offense that was finding its rhythm, the Patriots’ title hopes were looking bleak.  With seven minutes to go, after having completed a miraculous third and fourteen earlier in the drive to Julian Edelman, Tom Brady rifled his third touchdown pass to Danny Amendola.

After the Patriots defense held Seattle’s offense, Tom Brady went to work again.  After single handedly picking apart the defense for the entire drive, he threw a goal line touchdown to Edelman with two minutes to go.  But Wilson had answers.  He brought his team to the Patriots’ 49 yard line before hoisting the ball up to Jermaine Kearse, who made an astounding catch to put his team inside the ten yard line.  After Lynch carried the ball to within the one, Belichick elected not to call timeout, a confusing decision which turned out to be by far the less confusing coaching decision of the game.

With a good 20 seconds, timeouts in his pockets, and three downs to move the ball one yard with the most unstoppable running back on earth, Pete Carroll inexplicably called a pass play that resulted in a heroic interception by Malcolm Butler, sealing the New England victory.

Unsung heroes like Butler and the Seahawks’ Chris Matthews, the Patriots’ miraculous ten point comeback, and even a fight at the end made this one of the most enthralling Super Bowls I have ever seen. This is perhaps the last hurrah for Tom Brady and his storied career, but don’t expect the young and hungry Seattle Seahawks to stay down for too long.