The New England Patriots are once again Super Bowl Champions, winning their fourth Lombardi trophy in the Belichick/Brady era. Football fans couldn’t have asked for a better game between two of the NFLs best teams that featured high drama, some incredible plays and what looked like another fluke catch that seemed to sink the Patriots ship just before the end of regulation.
With the season over, we might as well start speculating on who might win Super Bowl 50!
Without further ado, here are the best of Super Bowl XLIX gifs:
The first few offensive series of both teams didn’t produce much. The Patriots struck first while the Seahawks seemed stuck on offense until Russell Wilson completed this 44 yard pass to Chris Matthews to set up their first score of the game. Prior to the Super Bowl, Matthews didn’t have a single NFL reception to his credit, regular or post season, and ended the game with 4 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown. The Patriots surely felt deflated after this catch.
Seattle scored with 31 seconds left in the first half, tying the game at 14 all. They came out in the second half and scored a field goal on their first drive. The Patriots looked shaky on the offensive side of the ball with Brady throwing his second interception of the game. The Seahawks promptly turned that miscue into points as Wilson found Doug Baldwin for a 3 yard touchdown to put Seattle ahead 24-14 late in the third quarter. At this point, it looked like Seattle may pull ahead. Ensuing touchdown celebration was a real gas.
New England fought back with the defense beginning to tighten up on Seattle’s newfound deep passing game and stuffing Marshawn Lynch on key third downs. It took a 4 yard touchdown pass from Brady to Danny Amendola to bring them within three of the Seahawks and a quick out by Seattle’s offense to put Brady back on the field to throw a 4 yard strike to Julian Edelman for the touchdown to make it 28-24. This left Seattle just 2:02 to regain the lead and complete the Super Bowl repeat. The odds seemed to be in the Patriots favor. Legion of Boom? More like Legion of go-back-to-the-locker-room. Am I right?
Then this happened. Russell Wilson throws a 33 yard pass to Jermaine Kearse for the most improbable catch to put the Seahawks inside the Patriots 10 yard line with just over a minute remaining in regulation. It looked like the Patriots were about to fall to another freak catch as they did with David Tyree in 2007 and Mario Manningham in 2011. Could Kearse start a curse? One Marshawn Runch run later and Seattle was on New Englands half yard line. This could have gone down as one of the best catches in football history, but now it’ll go down the toilet like Baldwin’s touchdown celebration.
Then…THIS happened. On second down with a timeout remaining and one of the best, most punishing running backs in the league primed to punch it in the end zone for the go ahead touchdown, Pete Carroll calls a slant route to the 4th receiver on the depth chart in Ricardo Lockette. Rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler stepped in front of the route, intercepting Wilson and all but sealing AND stealing the win from Seattle. Final score: 28-24. Conspiracy theory: Pete Carroll remained on the Patriots payroll after being “fired” in 1999, went on coach at USC only to rejoin the NFL in Seattle and throw this game to seal the Patriots dynasty status.
The loss is stunning for Seattle who likely SHOULD have won this game based on the favorable late game situation they were able to put themselves in. Here’s Richard Sherman‘s reaction to the interception. This gif was truly a gift from the football gods.
Likely how Tom Brady reacted to the interception.
How Packers fans reacted to the interception.