1.The Butler did it: Super Bowl 49 New England Patriots vs Seattle Seahawks
Super Bowl 49 had all the elements of a Hollywood movie.
There was a great cast from both teams, including the head coaches (Bill Belichick and Pete Carroll), the quarterbacks (Tom Brady and Russell Wilson), offensive weapons (Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski), and two phenomenal defenses — one of which was borderline-legendary status (Seattle).
There was the script that Seattle was looking to solidify themselves as the next great dynasty in the NFL by winning back-to-back Super Bowls; the first team to do so since the team they faced in that Super Bowl, the New England Patriots.
On the other side, New England was looking for their first title in 10 years, and both teams came into this game as evenly-matched as you will ever see.
There was certainly a lot of drama heading into the big game — mostly from the side of New England. I’m sure you heard about Deflategate to a nauseating point, as it was all over ESPN and other news outlets. It was pretty sickening to say the least, and even throughout the game that is all Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth could talk about.
It was a slow start to the Super Bowl, but once both teams finished feeling each other out, they started swapping points. Heading into halftime, both teams were tied at 14.
The game seemed to get out of hand though in the third quarter when the Seahawks took a 24-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter. The way Brady, Julian Edelman, Gronkowski, Danny Amendola, and Shane Vereen played in the fourth quarter was on a legendary level though.
Brady was able to carve up the game’s best defense with a properly-inflated football (no evidence that anyone doctored the footballs in the AFC title game against the Colts, by the way), and it was something historic. With two touchdown passes to Amendola and Edelman, the New England Patriots were able to take a 28-24 lead.
But the Seahawks weren’t going to go away quiet, as they quickly marched down the field and put themselves in position to win their second championship in a row. They made it inside the goal line thanks to a freak catch by Jermaine Kearse after rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler knocked the ball away from the wide receiver — but the ball juggled on Kearse’s legs, and he was able to hold onto the ball against all the odds nonetheless.
Remember when I said that crazy plays always go against the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl? Yeah, I wasn’t kidding.
Anyway, Butler was able to redeem himself when Pete Carroll decided to make arguably the most questionable call in sports history, opting to throw the ball rather than run it with Lynch (who many considered unstoppable inside the 5-yard line). A pass intended for Ricardo Lockett was picked off by Butler, and a couple of kneeldowns later, the Patriots brought their fourth Lombardi Trophy back to Foxboro.