Super Bowl 49 proved to be one of the most exciting games in Super Bowl history, as the New England Patriots came back from a 10-point deficit to beat the best defense in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks 28-24.
The game saw many highlights, but none bigger than rookie corner back Malcolm Butler’s interception with 26 seconds in the game. After the Seahawks found themselves down four points with 2:02 to go, they got the ball all the way down to the Patriots’ 1-yard line with help from a miraculous catch by Jermaine Kearse. Then comes the most controversial call of the night and maybe Super Bowl history.
On second and goal from one yard away from winning and Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, the Seahawks opted to throw the football instead. Russell Wilson threw the pass intended for Ricardo Lockette, but Butler jumped the route and made the play of his life.
"I just had a vision that I was going to make a big play and it came true," Butler, the undrafted free agent out of West Alabama, said. "I'm just blessed. I can't explain it right now. It's crazy."
Before the interception sealed the Lombardi Trophy for the Patriots, Tom Brady made a big case to be talked about one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. He took the Super Bowl MVP honors for the third time in his career, and won his fourth Super Bowl in six tries.
"It was a lot of mental toughness,” Brady said. “Our team has had it all year. We never doubted each other, so that's what it took.
“I've been at it for 15 years and we've had a couple of tough losses in this game. This one came down to the end, and this time, we made the plays."
Brady threw for 328 yards and four touchdown passes, surpassing Joe Montana’s record 11 touchdown throws in Super Bowl history.
He led the Patriots on two superb drives in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots a chance to win; capping the comeback with a 3-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman to give them a four-point lead.
"He's Tom Brady," Edelman said. "He's the greatest quarterback on the planet."