Sunday, 1 February 2015

Patriots make last big play, take title

Iconic Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
   The talking point of the Super Bowl revolves around one play, but give the New England Patriots credit for making it.
   With time ticking down, it appeared the Seattle Seahawks were going to pull out victory after a two-minute drill drive. Facing a second and goal on the New England one yard line, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tried to hit receiver Ricardo Lockette on a quick slant.
   Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler saw what was happening, jumped the route and made a game-saving interception to give New England a 28-24 victory in Super Bowl XLIX.
   Right after the game checking out social media in any form, a large number of Seahawks fans were expressing their shock that their team didn’t hand the ball off to running back Marshawn Lynch. He had 102 yards rushing on 24 carries and had scored one rushing major already. If he was stopped, the Seahawks had a timeout to stop the clock.
   Had Lockette fought for the ball and made a game-winning touchdown catch, no one would be second guessing Seattle’s coaches.
   Coaching staffs in the NFL put in tonnes of research time to try and hit an opponent with something unexpected. A pass in that situation on second down isn’t something you would not expect.
   With that said, Lynch is arguably the Seahawks’ best player, and normally you put the ball in the hands of your best player, when the game is on the line.
   The fact the Seahawks didn’t run the ball with Lynch shouldn’t take away from the Patriots victory.
   They made the interception play when they had to and took their fourth Super Bowl title.
   Iconic quarterback Tom Brady, who is just so pretty, rallied the Patriots from a 24-14 fourth quarter deficit against the best defence in the NFL this season. In winning his third Super Bowl MVP award, Brady completed 37 of 50 passes for 328 yards and four touchdown strikes. He made the effects of the two interceptions he threw earlier in the contest go away.
   On top of that, Brady joins Terry Bradshaw of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers as the only quarterbacks to win four Super Bowl titles as a starter.
   With New England’s defence coming up with the big interception to save the final outcome, the victory was a team win. During their victory celebrations, most of their players will be able to point to a play they made to ensure the final outcome came out in their favour.

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