Super Bowl 2015: One Botched Play-Call Gave the Patriots the Win

By Cheri Cheng - 02 Feb '15 09:44AM
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One botched play-call determined the fate for the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.

With the game on the line and one yard standing in the way, quarterback Russell Wilson attempted a pass. The pass was then picked off by New England Patriots rookie Malcolm Butler, securing the 28-24 win for the Patriots.

"I was so emotional," Butler, 24, said. "I had a feeling I was going to make a big play, but not that big."

The play-call shocked many who believed that runningback Marshawn Lynch, one of the best players in the league, could have easily pushed through to the end zone. Instead, the Seahawks left the University of Phoenix stadium as the team that could have repeated.

Wilson went 12 for 21 for 247 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He has stood up for his coach, stating "I put the blame on me. I'm the one who threw it."

"No. Because we play football. It's a team sport," Lynch said to NFL reporter for ESPN Jim Trotter on whether or not he was surprised he did not get the ball.

The win gave quarterback Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick their fourth Super Bowl win in their respective careers. Brady was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP). He made 13 completions in the fourth quarter, including the go-ahead touchdown pass to Julian Edelman with two minutes and two seconds left in the game.

"You just have to make the plays to win it. It was great. We haven't had many games this year that have come down like this," Brady said.

Brady's 37 completions and 50 attempts, which led to 328 yards and four touchdowns, set Super Bowl records. He also surpassed Joe Montana's record by making 13 career Super Bowl touchdowns.

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