Patriots win Super Bowl XLIX 28-24

New England was the first team on the board with this touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell.
The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots battled it out for the championship in a Super Bowl that went down to the wire.

Both teams had to punt on their first possessions. On the Patriots' second drive of the game, they managed to get into the red zone only to have a pass picked off by Seattle's Jeremy Lane. The Seahawks were unable to capitalize on the possession other than stopping New England from scoring, and had to punt again.

New England was the first on the board with a pass to Brandon LaFell in the 2nd quarter. They led 7-0 with 9:47 left in the half.

Seattle and New England each had to punt on their next possessions, giving the Seahawks another chance to score before the end of the half - and this time, they made it count. A big pass to Chris Matthews set up a short run in from Marshawn Lynch to tie things back up at 7-7, leaving New England just 2:16 left to score again before the half (Seattle will receive the ball to start the 2nd half).

The Patriots were up to the task, though. After taking a touchback on the kickoff, the Pats drove the 80 yards down the field and found the end zone with a pass to Gronk with just 30 seconds left in the half, regaining a 14-7 lead.

Seattle answered the challenge, and found the end zone with just two seconds to spare, tying the game 14-14 heading into halftime.

The Seahawks weren't able to get into the end zone in their first drive of the 2nd quarter, but were able to get a field goal - and their first lead of the game.

Tom Brady threw an interception shortly after, with Bobby Wagner catching a pass meant for Gronk. Seattle pushed the ball back down the field and added another 7 points thanks to a touchdown pass to Doug Baldwin. The Seahawks led 24-14 with 4:54 left in the 3rd quarter.

No one scored again until halfway through the 4th quarter. Tom Brady managed to find Danny Amendola in the end zone, bringing New England back within three points with 7:55 left in the game.

The Patriots followed that up with a second touchdown, giving them a four-point lead with just 2:02 left in the game, forcing Seattle to have to reach the end zone as well.

For a brief moment, it looked like they would. Jermaine Kearse caught a Hail Mary off his own helmet, and the Seahawks were in the red zone. Then, in what was immediately referred to as one of the worst play calls in modern Super Bowl history, instead of turning to Marshawn Lynch to run it in the last few yards, Seattle went with a pass play that was intercepted by the Patriots.

New England tried to take a knee to finish out the game, but a brawl broke out that ended in one Seahawk ejected from the game with 18 seconds left on the clock. Tom Brady took a knee again, and that was the game - Patriots 28-24.


The night kicked off with a recognition of the NFL's Man of the Year and a moment of silence for Anne Mara, known as the First Lady of Football, who died earlier in the day. The first musical performances of the night came in the form of "America the Beautiful" from 9-time Grammy winner John Legend and the National Anthem from Tony winner Idina Menzel.

Katy Perry was the featured halftime performer. Her performance included a medley of her hits, "Roar," "Dark Horse," "Teenage Dream," "California Gurls" and "Firework." She also followed recent Super Bowl tradition and worked in some cameos from other music stars including Lenny Kravitz during Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" and Missy Elliot for Eilliot's "Work It" and "Lose Control."