JOE BIDDLE: Patriots spoil Seattle’s bid for repeat Super Bowl wins

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) celebrates after the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the Seattle Seahawks Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. The Patriots won 28-24. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Wow. Just WOW.

Seeing is believing. Huh? I still can’t believe what I saw.

Super Bowl 50 minus-1 was all it was touted to be. Despite two weeks of the Patriots trying to deflect allegations of Deflategate, it appeared the Patriots were strong enough to shed all distractions.

Give them credit. After trailing 24-14 going into the fourth quarter, the Patriots would not go away. They made Seattle sweat the outcome. Did they ever? The Seahawks bid to win back-to-back Lombardi trophies fell short.

Unlike numerous previous Super Bowls, this one lived up to expectations.

The Patriots trailed 24-14 going into the fourth quarter. But this wasn’t Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s first barbecue. He put his team on top, 28-24, with 2:02 left in the game. After throwing two interceptions earlier in the game, Brady was able to shake it off and rally his team.

Could Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson answer? He had the game in his hands, his team starting on its own 20-yard-line. Wilson hit a running back for a long gainer to mid-field with 1:55 left in the game.

After an incompletion, Wilson was forced to take a time out as the play clock was running down. There was 1:50 left to decide the outcome. A pass in the Patriots’ end zone fell incomplete, leaving 1:41 and a third-and-10 situation. Wilson moved the chains with two timeouts left.

Then a miracle happened in the desert. Wilson’s pass was tipped in the air and came down in wide receiver Jermaine Kearse’s hands, as he was flat on his back at the Patriots’ six-yard line. With 66 seconds left, running back Marshawn Lynch bulled his way to the one- yard line when disaster replaced the miracle.

Why the Seahawks passed instead of running Lynch from three feet out will remain one of the great Super Bowl mysteries. They had a time out if he came up short on the play. This is the Beast Mode, who should have carried the mail. You always dance with the one you came with. He never got the chance.

Instead, Wilson threw an interception on the one-yard line and the Patriots survived.

It will go down in history as one of the best Super Bowls in history and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll will go down in in history for the bone-headed call in Super Bowl history.

The game was a Ping Pong match in shoulder pads from start to finish. Tackling on both sides was crisp. You could hear the head-on hits echoing in the Grand Canyon.

The Seahawks blew it. New England refused to allow two weeks worth of distractions to beat it.

“We never doubted each other,’’ said Brady, named MVP of the game. “It was a great team win.’’

Seattle came from behind twice in the first half and after three quarters, the defending Super Bowl champions had built a 24-14 lead with 15 minutes left in the game.

It was a game that featured the two best NFL teams. Both of them were playing it close to the vest in the first half.

Seattle took the second half kickoff and moved down field to nail a field goal and take a 17-14 lead. It was a sign of things to come. They followed that by intercepting Brady for the second time and turning it into a touchdown that put them up 24-14. It was then that Seattle’s Legion of Boom turned into the Legion of Gloom.

The Seahawks defense kept pressure on Brady, but he somehow managed to get his team in the end zone and pulled within a field goal at 24-21.

Seattle stretched its lead in the third quarter. They took the third quarter kickoff and drove for a 22-yard field goal. They followed that by picking off a Brady pass that ended in a Seahawks 3-yard touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin with 4:54 left in the third quarter and upping the score to 24-14.

It was a lead that would soon vanish in the crisp Arizona air.

Contact wkrn.com Sports Columnist Joe Biddle at joebiddle11@gmail.com.

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