In a season of controversy, the controversial New England Patriots are the 2014 NFL Champions.
The New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX in one of the most incredible fourth quarters of all-time.
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A scoreless first quarter was highlighted by an interception by Tom Brady to close out the half, but the two teams really started coming to life in the second quarter. Patriots QB Tom Brady threw a TD pass to WR Brandon LaFell to give them a 7-0 lead – and kept that lead for the majority of the quarter. But the Seahawks came back with a TD run from RB Marshawn Lynch to cap off a long drive. The Patriots answered with a TD pass from Brady to TE Rob Gronkowski with 0:31 remaining in the first half, only to see the Seahawks make a stunning drive in under 30 seconds culminating in a TD pass to WR Chris Matthews from QB Russell Wilson to tie the game up at 14-14 heading into halftime.
In the third quarter, the Patriots were held scoreless as the Seahawks began a run of 10 unanswered points after a key INT off of Brady by Seahawks LB Bobby Wagner led to a TD pass from Wilson to WR Doug Baldwin.
But Tom Brady showed why he is one of the greatest QBs of all-time, throwing two TD strikes to WRs Danny Amendola and later to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining to give the Patriots a 28-24 lead. The Seahawks tried to rally on one final drive with an absolutely epic catch by WR Jermaine Kearse in which the ball literally bounced into the air and into his hands. But it was not to be as QB Russell Wilson threw an inexplicable interception on the goal-line to seal the win for the Patriots.
For his Super Bowl record setting performance with 37 completions, along with 4 TDs, Brady was named the Super Bowl MVP. He joined San Francisco 49ers QB Joe Montana as the only QBs in NFL history with three Super Bowl MVP awards.
The Patriots organization also won its fourth Super Bowl – and head coach Bill Belichick became only the second head coach in NFL history to win four Super Bowls.