Super Bowl 2015: Patriots defeat Seahawks

  • New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.
  • Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1, 2015 in Glendale, Ariz.
  • New England Patriots fans cheer after the Patriots took the lead in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLIX at Jerry Remy’s Sports Bar on Feb. 1, 2015 in Boston, Mass.
  • New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler (21), center, intercepts a pass in the end zone during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.
  • Seattle Seahawks fans react during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl XLIX between the Seahawks and the New England Patriots on Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.
  • A general view as singer Katy Perry performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show at University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1, 2015 in Glendale, Ariz.
  • Katy Perry performs during halftime of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game between the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.
  • New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski catches a 22-yard touchdown pass in front of Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker K.J. Wright (50) during the first half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.
  • GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 1: The Seahawks’ Chris Matthews runs after a catch in third quarter action. (Photo by Barry Chin/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
  • New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) passes the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz.
  • Marshawn Lynch #24 and Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrate after a three yard touchdown by Lynch in the second quarter against the New England Patriots during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1, 2015 in Glendale, Ariz.
  • The Super Bowl XLIX is displayed on the University of Phoenix Stadium Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The New England Patriots face the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday. 

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In an athletic showdown for the ages, the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX.

Despite months of bad publicity for the league’s historically poor handling of domestic violence and a scandal over the alleged under-inflating of footballs (commonly known as “Deflate-Gate”), which has cast a shadow over New England Patriots versus Seattle Seahawks match-up, the NFL didn’t appear to lose its luster with the general public. More than a hundred million people were expected to watch the game. 

Four touchdown passes made by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, along with an interception in the end zone with under 30 seconds left in the game, pushed the team into victory territory. The headline on The Boston Globe’s Monday morning paper read “Return to Glory,” boasting the Lombardi Trophy. On the cover of the Boston Herald, the headline screamed “Super Pumped!” in all caps. 

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