The New England Patriots came back from down 10 points in the fourth quarter to defeat the Seattle Seahawks by a final score of 28-24 to win Super Bowl 49 tonight (Sun., Feb. 1, 2015) at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona on NBC.
For his efforts, Tom Brady was named Most Valuable Player (MVP), the third time he's earned that award in his illustrious career.
Of course it was Tom Brady.
It didn't look that way early. After a quick three-and-out, Brady led his team down into the red zone but threw an interception to Jeremy Lane. He would recover, however, to post a final stat line worthy of an MVP: 37/50, 328 yards, 4 TDs, 2 INTs.
A lot of it has to do with the fact that New England was down 10 points in the fourth quarter and Brady led two long touchdown drives of 9 and 10 plays, respectively, capping both with touchdown throws to Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman. In fact, Brady's four scoring tosses each went to four different receivers.
You could argue for Edelman (9 catches, 109 yards, 1 TD) but the quarterback of the team is always going to get the most credit. Malcolm Butler made the biggest play of the game, the Super Bowl saving interception at the goal line with 20 seconds remaining, but he'll have to be immortalized in highlight reels.
He certainly will be.
In the meantime, Brady has piled up even more hardware on his way to making a legitimate case for being the greatest quarterback who ever played professional football.
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