Brady, Patriots rally for Super Bowl win after Seahawks bungle ending

New England players celebrate after holding on for Super Bowl win over Seattle. (AP photo)

New England players celebrate after holding on for Super Bowl win over Seattle. (AP photo)

New England players celebrate after holding on for Super Bowl win over Seattle. (AP photo)

I’ll post a full column on New England’s 28-24 win over Seattle in Sunday’s Super Bowl 0n MyAJC.com. Until then, here are my three “Short Takes” on the game:

1. Delflate this, everybody: Tom Brady arrived in Arizona as the focal point in an NFL investigation into whether New England intentionally deflated footballs in the AFC title game to the liking of the Patriots’ quarterback. He struggled at times against a Seattle defense, throwing two interceptions and hitting a rut after the Pats had taken a 14-7 lead. But Brady reaffirmed why he will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. Playing with presumably fully inflated footballs, Brady threw four touchdown passes, including two in the fourth quarter, to rally New England from a 24-14 deficit. He had a Super Bowl record 37 completions on 50 attempts for 328 yards. Brady has now won four Super Bowls, tying Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana among quarterbacks. He was named the game’s MVP.

2. What were the Seahawks thinking? Seattle trailed 28-24 but had a chance to win the game after a remarkable 33-yard, juggling catch by Jermaine Kearse at the New England five-yard line with 1:03 left. A two-yard run by Marshawn Lynch moved the ball to the three, and the Patriots strangely chose to NOT call time out. But the only dumber decision was then made by Seattle. Instead of giving the ball to Lynch, the Seahawks pulled a Mike Bobo, who didn’t give the ball to Todd Gurley late against South Carolina. Instead of giving the ball to Lynch again, Seattle called for a pass play — a slant to Ricardo Lockette. The pass was picked off at the goal line by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler. Ball game. It was a great finish but one that Seattle will regret through this offense. It had a chance to win a second straight Super Bowl.

3. No doubt these were two best teams: Many viewed Seattle as fortunate to make it to the Super Bowl after Green Bay botched a 12-point lead in the final minutes of the NFC championship. But this as tough a team as I’ve ever seen. The Seahawks put things together after a 3-3 start, winning nine of their last 10 games going into the playoffs and needed to make plays late to beat the Packers. On Sunday, their starting secondary was playing with three injured starters (cornerback Richard Sherman, free safety Earl Thomas, strong safety Kam Chancellor) and they lost nickel cornerback Jeremy Lane in the first half and defensive end Cliff Avril in the second half (concussion). Still, they battled against Tom Brady and New England. It was a testament to the players, head coach Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn (who’s headed for the Falcons).

A writer’s dozen from the digital jukebox
— LIVE:
— AJC: Another possible embarrassment for Falcons: Fake crowd noise
— MyAJC: There’s no confusion about pecking order on Super Bowl teams
— AJC: Dan Quinn could have final day on 53-man roster
— MyAJC: Blank speaks but remains vague on Falcons’ restructuring
— MyAJC: Tiger Woods’ problems aren’t just physical anymore
— AJC: Is it Tiger time … or is Tiger Woods’ time over?
— MyAJC: LeGarrette Blount walked out on team — and straight to Super Bowl
— AJC: Georgia’s Lockette playing for third straight Super Bowl team
— MyAJC: Dan Quinn says he’s ready for next challenge (with Falcons)
— AJC: Lynch goes into interview Beast Mode again (surprise!)
— MyAJC: Great or not, Patriots’ legacy is forever tarnished
— AJC: Seattle players say Quinn will be ‘great head coach’ for Falcons
— AJC: Brady says ‘feelings got hurt’ by accusations (really?)
— MyAJC: Hawks are closest team to rare Atlanta sports title
— AJC: Matt Ryan doesn’t believe deflating footballs is the norm
— MyAJC: Al Horford finally past injuries and frustration with Hawks
— AJC: Stall, lie, cheat — it’s the Patriots’ way, and perfectly timed
— AJC: DeflateGate: It’s time for NFL to forfeit games for cheaters
— MyAJC: Walsh-Montana still top Belichick-Brady on coach-QB mountain
— AJC: Seattle’s Super Bowl only delays Falcons’ hiring of Dan Quinn
— AJC: Oddsmaker says Braves’ win total will be ‘low 70s’ (with reader poll)
— MyAJC: Braves’ moves carry Coppolella’s fingerprints
— AJC: There goes Evan Gattis as Braves take another big hit
 

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47 comments
Wilbo
Wilbo

If you need further evidence how pitifully stupid the AJC bloggers are, consider this from Dimwit Schultzie.


"It was a testament to the players, head coach Pete Carroll and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn (who’s headed for the Falcons)."


First, idiot, you may not have noticed that the Patriots directed not 1 but 2 4th quarter touchdown drives that were so quick and carefree, it looked like they were playing against the Falcons defense, so hardly a testament of any kind to Mr. Quinn. Secondly, idiot, maybe you weren't watching or maybe it just didn't penetrate that hazy liberal fog that envelopes your shriveled alleged brain, but the Seahawks just blew a Superbowl that they had in the bag. What kind of testament would that be, dummy?


Schooltzie = moron.

stogiefogey
stogiefogey

Passing the ball instead of just running it into the end zone was possibly the stupidist play call in Super Bowl history. It's almost like Seattle was trying to lose.

jerryeads
jerryeads

Carrol's call will ring as one of the worst for years to come. As my wife pointed out, that call may well have been made by the Falcons' new coach. Oops. That said, few of us who are not Patriots blind religionists will ever believe the New England team got to the game on their own ability, but on flat footballs. I fully expected a few cartoonists this morning would have drawn the Patriots getting a trophy with a sagging chrome ball. That's sad, because most of those guys worked hard and don't deserve their effort diminished by a few worthless (insert the expletive of your choice) crooks.

goblue86
goblue86

@jerryeads Pretty sure the new coach, since he was the defensive coordinator, didn't make the call.


GeorgeJetsen
GeorgeJetsen

While Quinn's defense couldn't stop Brady in the 4th qtr when it counted, it was pretty solid throughout the season. His biggest issue here will be building a similar D with 3rd rate players. Something I'm not sure the great Vince Lombardi could pull off.

Retired2x
Retired2x

New England won, Brady won.  Seattle lost,  Lynch and Sherman did not win.

ATL89
ATL89

Pete Carroll has to be somewhere banging his head against the wall this morning.....

Iluvnutella
Iluvnutella

Not-so-enthused after the game about our new HC.

Just my opinion............

UnbiasedObserver
UnbiasedObserver

Why does Bobo get drug thru the mud....and not Richt?   I thought he was the HC and ultimately responsible for the team.  


#spiketheball

ShootinTheHooch
ShootinTheHooch

@UnbiasedObserver When was the last time Richt got blamed for anything? Even the pooch/squib was blamed on the kicker for lack of execution. The same kicker that is being coached by a linebacker coach that has probably not kicked a football in his life. Richt is Teflon!


Richt is truly a CEO. He has his entity set up so that underlings take responsibility and ultimately the heat.


CardiganBoy
CardiganBoy

@LADawg @UnbiasedObserver Amen to that.  His Strength & Conditioning Coach has been held to account for many of CMRs brain cramps in recent years.


CMR may not be the greatest HC in the SEC, but he takes a backseat to no one when it comes to establishing and maintaining an infrastructure within the program that covers his tail.

DrPhill
DrPhill

Identical to Richt's call against Alabama in the SEC championship.

GeorgeJetsen
GeorgeJetsen

@drphil- also identical to Richt's goal line call against Carolina leaving Gurley on the bench.

reckingball
reckingball

I think that the ball was close to the 1 yard line when the Seahawks called their last play.

Also, the Patriots defender made a very good play on the ball for that interception.

It was a bad call by Seattle, with 3 downs still remaining in their pocket.

CardiganBoy
CardiganBoy

Wish they'd have given to Lynch twice.  So the Pats were stacked for the run.  Big surprise.  They were prepared for the slant pass too.


You're probably never gonna out-prepare or out-coach Belichick.  But you might outplay his team.  And if any one Seahawk was capable, Marshawn is the man.


Congrats to the Patriots though.  

dawgfacedboy
dawgfacedboy

1/2 yard out to win the game, arguably the best running back in the league, and they chose to pass. Sounds familiar. What's that, they lost? Yeah that sounds familiar too!

JDinMarietta
JDinMarietta

@dawgfacedboy Totally agree. It was the worst play call in the history of Super Bowls. The offensive coordinator should be fired for that screw up

dawgfacedboy
dawgfacedboy

Did Bobo sneak into the booth for that last call????? HAHAHAHAHA!!! Seahawks fans it's nice to meet you, I'm a dawgs fan.

_GodlessHeathen_
_GodlessHeathen_

Seattle's MO is throwing up prayers and getting them answered.  This time it didn't work out.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

I always like fans who have lost saying how the other team was given the game. The patriots threw a mindless pick in the end zone and the seahawks got a huge spot benefit on third down so it does go both ways.

AlternativeDawg
AlternativeDawg

Why is Richard Sherman so quiet? Oh yeah cause he only talks when things are good. Kind of like his coach....so free and easy when times are good but looked like a pouting child when that pick was thrown.


Would be so awesome if Brady tweeted Sherman to ask him if he is mad.

Joe Tess' Mom
Joe Tess' Mom

What a choke job by SEA!! Looked like UGA play calling at the end of the game. Punch it in with Beast mode, or allow Wilson to roll-out with some options. UGH!!

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

#75 sho is fat !!! 

nbrdrdnk
nbrdrdnk

The Seahawks musta not wanted Marshawn Lynch to be the Super Bowl MVP; they wanted it to be Russell Wilson...  

Hunk
Hunk

New England's Bowl record:

                 Appearances:5  Won 2 Lost 2 , Given 1

jimbob22
jimbob22

@Hunk I'm sure all the Peytonphobes that say that 'he only one one SB because it was against Rex Grossman' will do the right thing and be sure to say that Tom only won this one b/c Pete Carroll gifted it to him.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@Hunk 

You know that Brady has played in 6 SB's, right?  And that the Pats played in 2 before Belichick and Brady were there?

MikeS777
MikeS777

Terrible way to lose the game for Seattle.  They will be second guessing themselves all off season.  I just hate that the Cheatriots won, and now all we will hear is what legends Belichick and Brady are as if we are all stupid and stuff like Spygate never happened or affected any games lol.

I don't care as much about deflating balls.  The Pats could have used boulders and beat the Colts by 3 TDs.  Deflategate is more of a repeat offender type scandal than anything that alone would be a big deal.  It's still cheating even if they were good enough to win anyway.  It just underscores how stupid it was for them to do it.

As for "deflate this"?  I feel no pity for an organization that gets caught breaking the rules and tries to play the "us against the world card".  Be a man and just take the punishment.  They did the same thing in 2007 after Spygate broke.  The only one doubting them is the coaches and staff that keep pulling this crap.

Speaking of Spygate, deflating balls is one thing, but stealing signals and filming walkthroughs is a whole different story.  But we will never know the extent of it because the NFL destroyed all the evidence...awful convenient for a non factor.  I will concede they have been one of the best teams in the NFL since Spygate and finally got a Super Bowl win after the fact.  However there's no way I'm stupid enough to think Spygate didn't aid them on the way to those early Super Bowl wins.

It just sort of turns my stomach to hear people lift up Brady and Belichick over the likes of Walsh and Montana.

PigIron
PigIron

@MikeS777

I find it amusing that Belichick gets accused of being a cheater, when his team was playing against Pete Carroll's team. There is no place for the word "alleged" when discussing Pete Carroll's blatant cheating at USC.

MikeS777
MikeS777

@PigIron @MikeS777 Accusations? lol  They were caught red handed in the act by one of their former staff members (Eric Mangini), the league had the tapes, Belichick got fined, and the Patriots lost draft picks over it.  Then the league conveniently destroyed the evidence, so we will never know for sure just how many teams' signals and walkthroughs they taped

Pete Carroll is not the one they are holding up as the greatest Head Coach/QB tandem the league has ever seen either, but no I don't believe Carroll had no idea about the Bush scandal.

I also don't believe USC is by any means alone in the paying for players area of CFB.


PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@PigIron

It seems that having half your team on Adderall is not cheating.

rickzz
rickzz

The Seahawks' explanation of their play call was that New England was stacked against the run. Since they still had a timeout in their pocket, the safer response would have been to fake the handoff and have Wilson just walk into the end zone himself.

JAS0N
JAS0N

"There are organizations who just want to get in the tournament.  They're not trying to win championships.  They're trying to fill their seats, they're trying to make money, they're trying to put a good enough product out there that its competitive, that maybe they get into the tournament, okay?  If you look at the New England Patriots after their championship run, that's how they've drafted, that's how they've handled free agency, not to go attack the championship..."


Trent Dilfer, September 29, 2014

ESPN

RoyalDawg
RoyalDawg

I'm glad we're getting Seattle's DC, not their OC!

Sorrypuppies
Sorrypuppies

The chihuahuas vs the ol ball coach!

Part Deux

jimbob22
jimbob22

Horrible call.  Wow.  Russell's throw wasn't actually off target, but it's just a very congested part of the field and the defender jumped into the right spot, bumping the receiver out of the way.  Just mind-boggling.


Russell throws the best downfield ball I've ever seen.  But in that situation, you hand it to Lynch.

PalmBeachFalcon
PalmBeachFalcon

@jimbob22 Russell throws the best downfield ball you've ever seen?  WOW!!  That may be your opinion...but WOW!!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@PalmBeachFalcon @jimbob22 

Maybe JimBob is too young to have seen Dan Marino and John Elway but he mustn't be able to get Green Bay Packers' games on his TV.

PalmBeachFalcon
PalmBeachFalcon

@PaulinNH @PalmBeachFalcon @jimbob22 I'm no Flacco fan, but in today's NFL, he may throw the best deep ball.  Wilson doesn't really throw deep routes, but he throws a few circle and rub routes.  He only completed 12 passes in the game.

GMAB
GMAB

The OC should be fired. One of the best running backs and one of the fastest quarterbacks in the NFL and the OC called a pass play. Stupid.

GaBlue
GaBlue

I think the NFL should pay some G..D... taxes on the billions they make. And did that Goodell guy ever stop whining about what a bad year he had?  I've always enjoyed the game, but the low-lifes, cheaters, wife beaters, and "I want a new stadium and I want taxpayer support!" spoiled billionaire owners  -- and their apologists -- make me want to puke.

5150POAD
5150POAD

I think the HAWKS lost the game much more so than the Pats won.

PalmBeachFalcon
PalmBeachFalcon

@9014EAEO Disagree.  Seattle was incredibly lucky on that flukey reception by Kearse to get them to the 5.  That was one of their QBs TWELVE completions during the entire game.