Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Chris Matthews (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
4. Last Drive Of First Half, 11-Yard Touchdown
This was brutal.
After Tom Brady had engineered a beautiful drive to put New England up 14-7 with only 31 seconds to play, it looked like the Pats were in prime position to head into halftime with a comfortable touchdown lead. All the defense had to do was hold for 30 seconds, and the second half was there for the taking. Unfortunately, there were multiple breakdowns, and it led to a first down at the Patriots’ 11 yard line with 6 seconds play.
Pete Carroll elected to go for a quick touchdown, which was risky, but it payed off. Logan Ryan was isolated on Matthews, who went up and once again made a nice play to even the score. Instead of going into halftime with a 7 point lead, New England was tied with Seattle, and the red-hot Seahawks offense would get the ball coming out of the half.
If the Pats did end up losing this one, giving up a touchdown in 31 seconds right before halftime would have been right up there as one of the top reasons they didn’t come out with a victory.