The New England Patriots are NFL champions with a four-point win punctuated by on-field fighting after their surprising win over the Seattle Seahawks.
The win marks the fourth Super Bowl win for Patriots coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. The pair has appeared in six Super Bowls.
The game was swung on New England’s 10-play, 64-yard fourth quarter drive capped by a touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Julian Edelman with 2:02 left on the game clock. That play gave the Patriots their final lead. A tipped pass caught by Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse that was eerily similar to David Tyree’s game-winning catch in Super Bowl XLII put Seattle in striking distance to make a comeback. But rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler sealed the win for the Patriots with an interception of Russell Wilson’s pass.
‘I had a vision I was gonna make a big play and it came to fruition,’ Butler told NBC’s Michele Tafoya.
The Patriots win with the mild controversy of ‘Deflategate’ over them, after the team was flagged for under-deflated balls en route to a win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship. Patriots owner Robert Kraft remained defiant after the game, telling Tafoya, ‘Our people didn’t touch the balls.’
Tom Brady won the Most Valuable Player award, completing 37 of 50 pass attempts with four touchdowns and two interceptions. Brady is now the NFL leader in touchdown passes after surpassing Joe Montana’s record of 11 TD passes.