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Super Bowl 2015 winner: Patriots beat Seahawks, 28-24, with last second interception

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What a ride.

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Super Bowl 49 is officially in the books from University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona tonight (Sun., Feb. 1, 2015) and the New England Patriots have defeated the Seattle Seahawks to hoist the Lombardi Trophy as the champions of the football world.

The final score reads 28-24 but it doesn't do nearly enough to encapsulate what a thrill ride this game provided.

It was a rollercoaster of epic proportions.

It started with the Patriots dominating, as Brady led the team on multiple long drives in the first half, one of which ended in an interception -- and a terrible injury (click to see an awful pic of it, if you're so inclined) -- and two more that ended in touchdown throws to Brandon Lafell and Rob Gronkowski.

Russell Wilson, meanwhile, failed to complete a pass until roughly five minutes remaining in the second quarter. When he did, though, he made it count, ending the first half 4/7 for 84 yards and a touchdown.

It went even better in the third, as Seattle had completely turned the tide. They scored twice in the quarter, a Stephen Hauschka field goal and a touchdown pass from Wilson to Doug Baldwin, while shutting New England out to build a 24-14 lead into the final quarter.

They wouldn't score again.

Instead, Brady led a touchdown drive of 9 plays, 68 yards in 4:15 and another that went 10 plays for 64 yards in 4:50, the second leaving just two minutes on the clock for the Seahawks to score a touchdown.

Improbably enough, Seattle drove the length of the field, aided by one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history -- yes, it happened to the Patriots AGAIN -- but ultimately came up short when Wilson threw an interception at the one yard line to Malcolm Butler.

Some stats for you, courtesy of NFL.com:

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That's all she wrote, folks. The New England Patriots are Super Bowl champions.

There's always last year, Seahawks fans!

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