New England Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX

Oakwood students watch the Super Bowl at a friends house. Watching the Super Bowl with family and friends has become a tradition in America and over 100 million people view the Super Bowl each year.

Oakwood students watch the Super Bowl at a friends house. Watching the Super Bowl with family and friends has become a tradition in America and over 100 million people view the Super Bowl each year.

The New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 on Feb. 1 in a game that came down to the wire.
The game was back and fourth throughout as the Patriots battled from 10 points down to beat Seattle and their shutdown defense led by Richard Sherman. Tom Brady won Super Bowl MVP with 328 yards passing, four touchdowns and two interceptions.
Despite all the allegations surrounding “deflategate,” the Patriots were able to continue with their game plan.
“I wanted the Seahawks because the Patriots are cheaters, like when they spied on other teams and deflated balls,” junior Luc Fiore said.
The Seahawks came into the game a one point favor and the confidence to win as defending champions. But the Patriots have a high powered offense led by one of the best tight ends in the league, Rob Gronkowski.
The first half of the game was pretty even, not one side gaining any ground, and when it was time for Katy Perry’s halftime show the score was 14-14.
By the third quarter it seemed that the Seahawks were going to take the game. On the Seahawks’ first two drives of the second half they scored 10 points, while the Patriots failed to score any at all.
If you haven’t heard of Tom Brady then you wouldn’t know that he has 35 fourth quarter comebacks in his career and by fourth quarter he was ready for another. Tom Brady marched his offense down the field on their second and third drives of the fourth quarter to take a 28-24 lead with 2:02 left in the game.
But Seattle wasn’t done yet. Russell Wilson threw a bomb to Jermaine Kearse who miraculously caught it after it bounced several times on his body. With 20 seconds left in the game the Seahawks were threatening to score with the ball placed at the one yard line.
If you didn’t watch the game, Malcolm Butler, a rookie from the University of West Alabama, intercepted a pass in the end zone to seal the 24-28 victory for the Patriots.
“It was one of the craziest endings I’ve seen in awhile and a really good game,” Fiore said. “I could not believe the Seahawks didn’t run the ball, one of the worst decisions in Super Bowl history.”
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll stated in a press conference,”we sent in our personnel, they sent in goal line, it’s not the right matchup for us to run the football, so on second down we throw the ball really to kind of waste that play. If we score we do, if we don’t, then we’ll run it in on third and fourth down.”

By Nicholas Hensley

nicholas.hensley@oakwoodschools.org

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