Thanks to Malcolm Butler’s game-clinching interception, the Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl under Bill Belichick, concluding one of the most exciting title games ever.
Patriots corner back Malcolm Smith, who made the game-saving interception states: “I made a play to help my team win. I’ve worked so hard in practice and I just wanted to play so bad and help my team out. I got out there and did exactly what I needed to do to help my team win. I was fired up ready. I was ready to play. … I was on the sidelines waiting to get in and I was ready. I prepared hard this weekend. …I knew they were going to throw it,” Butler said when asked about the Seahawks’ decision to not give the ball to Marshawn Lynch late in the game. “Our defensive coordinator is real smart and with a goal line, three-cornerback formation we knew they were going to throw the ball” (CBS News.com)
Tom Brady lifted the New England Patriots to a fourth title. By piloting the Patriots through a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, Brady cemented his legacy and position in the debate of the game’s best quarterbacks. Here are five reasons why Brady stands atop the NFL’s quarterback mountain, but in the end it was Brady leading the Patriots to a 28-24 heart-pounding win and an undrafted rookie defensive back making an astonishing play to seal the win.
Sunday’s nail-biting game was the most-watched show in U.S. television history, according to the latest Nielsen data. The New England Patriots’ 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks was also the highest-rated Super Bowl in the last 30 seasons. The game brought in 114.4 million viewers, and Katy Perry’s halftime show was also the most-watched performance in recorded Super Bowl history, averaging 118.5 million viewers.