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Patriots Win Super Bowl Thriller

The New England Patriots beat Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in a thrilling Super Bowl, with a dramatic conclusion, in a Super Bowl which saw the first ever live commentary broadcast on Air3 Xtra.

Seattle were aiming to become the first team in 10 years to retain the Super Bowl, whilst Tom Brady was looking for his third Super Bowl as Patriots quarterback, at the age of 37.

The early exchanges in the game were even, with neither side coming up with big plays, bar an interception from Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane to deny the Patriots from breaking the deadlock.

The first quarter finished with neither side yet to trouble the scoreboard, but the Patriots came out strongest in the second quarter, with Brady finding Brandon LaFell in the endzone to make it 7-0. With just over two minutes remaining in the half, Marshawn Lynch (nicknamed “Beast”) powered his way through the Patriots defense to level the game up, making it 7-7.

Brady’s radar-like passing saw him find Gronkowski with 31 seconds left on the clock, to make it 14-7, but Seahawks struck back with just 2 seconds to go, after Seahawks QB Russell Wilson found Matthews, to tie the game at half time.

After the halftime show, starring Katy Perry and a dancing shark with some suspect choreography (google it, trust me), Seahawks came out of the blocks very quickly.

Some great defensive work from the Seahawks denied Brady space and chances to pass, and after a short field goal from Seattle, Russell Wilson came up with a piece of magic to give the Seahawks the lead. Wilson made a play action fake, before spinning round and firing the ball out wide to Doug Baldwin, who was in acres of space. At 24-14, this was going to be a tough comeback for Patriots.

With 8 minutes left of the final quarter, Brady found Amendola to make it 21-24, and then found the impressive Edelman with just 2 minutes left, to put the Patriots 28-24 up.

Seattle had a glorious chance to win the game in the dying seconds, with a play on 3rd and goal, just 1 yard out from the endzone. Bizarrely, the ball was not given to the powerhouse Marshawn Lynch, but was thrown by Wilson, whose pass was picked off by Malcolm Butler.

That more or less sealed the Super Bowl for the Patriots (barring a brawl on the resulting play), with Tom Brady being awarded MVP, after throwing 4 TD passes, and masterminding New England to victory in Super Bowl XLIX.

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