Two quarters of action have been completed at Super Bowl 49 tonight (Sun., Feb. 1, 2015) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona and the New England Patriots vs. Seattle Seahawks NFL Championship Game is tied at 14.
In some ways, that's a miracle.
That's because the Patriots utterly dominated the first quarter and much of the second. Russell Wilson didn't complete his first pass until there were five minutes left in the half while Tom Brady was seemingly moving the ball at will. The game plan was predicated on short throws, as Brady got the ball out quick and let his receivers pick up yards after the catch.
Brady did throw an early interception to Jeremy Lane, who injured his arm in gruesome fashion on the play, but that was his lone mistake in the half, as he finished with a 20/27, 177 yards, 2 TDs, and 1 INT stat line.
As mentioned, Wilson didn't complete a pass until late in the second but he's made each of his four -- yes, he's 4/7 at halftime -- count, going for 84 yards and a touchdown. That includes two catches for unheralded rookie Chris Matthews, who came from nowhere to play a starring role when Seattle most needs it.
Marshawn Lynch has carried the rest of the load, rushing 12 times for 45 yards and a touchdown.
T. Brady: 20/27, 177 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
R. Wilson: 4/7, 84 yards, 1 TD
L. Blount: 10 carries, 37 yards
M. Lynch: 12 carries, 45 yards, 1 TD
S. Vereen: 7 rec, 42 yards
D. Amendola: 4 rec, 44 yards
C. Matthews: 2 rec 55 yards
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