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Super Bowl 2015 Winner: Box Score Results, Highlights from Patriots' Victory

Sean ODonnellContributor IIIFebruary 2, 2015

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 01:  Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Super Bowl XLIX can be described in just one word: epic.

In a highly competitive, back-and-forth contest, the New England Patriots edged the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 after a late turnover sealed the game. The victory marks the fourth time the duo of quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick hoisted the Lombardi Trophy together. As for Seattle, there will be no back-to-back titles, but the Seahawks proved once again why they are among the league's elite.

Coming into the contest, we knew both teams featured very solid defenses. Well, that notion was reaffirmed during the first quarter, as neither offense could get much going early. Once the Patriots finally began to gain a head of steam, marching down to Seattle's 10-yard line, an off-target Brady pass was picked by Jeremy Lane, stalling the drive. The quarter ended without a single point scored.

Interestingly enough, that interception continued a Super Bowl streak in the Brady-Belichick era, according to ESPN's RJ Bell:

RJ Bell @RJinVegas

5 Super Bowls during Brady/Belichick era: ZERO points scored by #Patriots in the First Quarters of those five games.

The lack of scoring in the first quarter was quickly forgotten, as both offenses came alive in the second.

Brady utilized the short passing game to perfection, hitting the likes of Danny Amendola, Shane Vereen and Julian Edelman on underneath routes, allowing his speedy targets to generate yards after the catch. That strategy propelled New England quickly down the field, and the drive was capped off by an 11-yard touchdown strike to Brandon LaFell.

The score put the Patriots up 7-0, but the Seahawks would answer quickly. Seattle's drive mainly featured the bruising style of Marshawn Lynch; however, the big surprise was wide receiver Chris Matthews, who came out of nowhere to record a pivotal 44-yard reception. Once in range to strike, Lynch did the rest, plowing his way into the end zone from three yards out.

With the game now tied, the scoring frenzy would continue. Brady ran the two-minute drill with precision on the following drive, capping off an eight-play, 80-yard effort with a 22-yard strike to tight end Rob Gronkowski. That score seemed to ensure New England a halftime lead. Not so fast.

Russell Wilson took the field with just 31 seconds remaining, and the team gambled on a quick drive. Robert Turbin kicked things off with a 19-yard scamper, and following a 17-yard run from Wilson, the Seahawks found themselves in Patriots territory.

A 23-yard completion to Ricardo Lockette got Seattle to the 11-yard line with six seconds on the clock, and Wilson hit Matthews for a game-tying score with two seconds remaining.

The teams entered the break tied at 14 points each. Here's a look at how both quarterbacks fared through the first half, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News:

Ralph Vacchiano @RVacchianoSNY

Halftime stats: Tom Brady 20 of 27, 177 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT ... Russell Wilson 4 of 7, 84 yards, 1 TD.

Head coach Pete Carroll must have delivered a great halftime speech in Seattle's locker room because it was all Seahawks in the third quarter.

The team came out firing, as Wilson connected with Matthews on another big play, this time a 45-yard strike. However, when faced with a 3rd-and-1 on the Patriots' 8-yard line, Seattle couldn't keep things going and was forced to settle for a Steven Hauschka 27-yard field goal.

On the ensuing drive, Brady made his second bad decision of the game. He was looking for Gronkowski over the middle but didn't notice linebacker Bobby Wagner shadowing the tight end underneath. Wagner came away with the interception, giving Seattle great field position at midfield.

After advancing quickly to the 3-yard line, Wilson found Doug Baldwin in the back of the end zone, beating Darrelle Revis and putting the Seahawks up 24-14 entering the fourth quarter. NBC Sports tweeted an image of the catch:

NBC Sports @NBCSports

Doug Baldwin makes it a two-score game. #SB49 http://t.co/EqNPZVPaFf

Brady and Edelman went back to work early in the final quarter. They connected on a pair of 21-yard completions during a New England scoring drive that went 68 yards on nine plays and was capped off by a four-yard touchdown strike to Amendola.

Following a Seattle punt, the Patriots continued their comeback. Brady was magnificent on this drive, completing all eight of his passing attempts for 65 yards and a touchdown, via ESPN Stats & Info:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Tom Brady in the 4th quarter: 13 completions Russell Wilson in the entire #SuperBowl: 12 completions http://t.co/uUYW2YgZ6I

The three-yard score by Edelman generated plenty of praise, including this comment from NFL Network's Albert Breer:

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Brady and Belichick deserve all the credit in the world. But Julian Edelman is one hell of a football player. Toughness personified tonight.

Still, the Seahawks had time for one last drive.

With two minutes remaining, Wilson appeared to have nerves of steel, hitting Lynch for 31 yards and moving to the Patriots' side of the field. A clutch play on 3rd-and-10 kept the drive alive, as Wilson connected with Matthews for 11 yards. The quarterback kept it up on the following play, finding Jermaine Kearse, who made a juggling catch to gain 33 yards.

Following a four-yard run by Lynch, the Seahawks found themselves on the 1-yard line with 26 seconds remaining. The win seemed like a certainty, as Lynch had been nearly unstoppable throughout the first 59 minutes of the contest. Although, it wasn't to be.

Instead of running the bruising ball-carrier into the end zone, the team elected to run a pick play in an effort to free up Lockette on an inside slant. Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler read the play perfectly and gained inside leverage to pluck the ball out of the air for a game-winning interception.

As you can imagine, the play call was met with some criticism on Twitter. This tweet from ESPN's Stephen A. Smith sums it all up nicely:

Stephen A Smith @stephenasmith

Worse call in NFL History. Pete Carroll will never recover from this. Give the damn ball to MarShawn Lynch. Horrible! Horrible! Horrible!

In case you missed the final moments of the game or simply want to view them again, here's how it all went down:

The victory certainly puts Brady in the discussion as the possible best quarterback the NFL has ever seen. Here's a very telling statistic courtesy of SportsCenter:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

Is Tom Brady the best QB ever? He joins Joe Montana as only players w/ 3 Super Bowl MVPs. http://t.co/Js34B1MJ9x

Four Super Bowl victories and three Super Bowl MVPs gives New England's signal-caller quite an impressive resume. However, the Patriots came away with a great team win, as the defense came up just as huge as Brady's offense. Expect this team to remain well in the discussion for Super Bowl 50.

As for the Seahawks, they are still one of the league's most talented teams and will bounce back from this tough loss. Seattle is incredibly deep on both sides of the ball, and it proved to be a mentally tough squad throughout the season. This is only a brief setback for what could still be the NFL's next dynasty.

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