Defense wins championships and rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler came up with the biggest defense play of his career. His first career interception sealed the victory for the 4x Super Bowl Champions the New England Patriots. Butler’s pick was the worst mistake Seattle Quarterback Russell Wilson could probably make in his career. Wilson, who had four interceptions versus the Green Bay Packers during the 2015 NFC Championship game, had zero until 26 seconds left in Super Bowl XLIX.
The first quarter ended scoreless, but one of Tom Brady’s passes was intercepted by Seattle’s cornerback Jeremy Lane, who unfortunately got injured after the first pick of his career. By half time the game was tied 14-14. Seattle came out strong in the third quarter scoring ten points with a 27 yard field goal by Steven Hauschka and a 3-yard touchdown pass to receiver Doug Baldwin. After that, it was all Patriots.
Receiver Jermaine Kearse 33-yard bounce catch was a miracle and put the Seahawks at New England’s 5-yard line with 1:06 remaining in the game. That catch made it seem like it was meant to be for Seattle to be repeat champions. The final score was 28-24 Patriots. My final score prediction was 31-28 Seattle. Yep I was close, I called it, but then that pick happened.
Tom Brady, who was the Super Bowl MVP, joined an elite group of starting quarterbacks with 4 Super Bowl rings along with Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana.
Congratulations to Malcolm Butler, probably the only person who I have respect for in that Patriots organization. Butler, who went undrafted in the 2014 draft, attended University of West Alabama where he was named first team All Gulf South Conference at cornerback. He worked at a Popeyes and we all know how hard is it to work at fast food. Butler started his collegiate career at Hinds Community College in Raymond, Mississippi.
Later, Katy Perry blew the stage during the halftime show with some of her many Top 100 hits, while hip hop legend Missy Elliot and rock legend and acclaimed guitarist Lenny Kravitz joined her.
The Super Bowl, as usual, had many memorable commercials, which is reported to have been priced at 4.5 million for 30 seconds. My favorites were the Always run like a girl, Dodge 100 years and Toyota Camry about the choice of being a father.
When Seattle was down by 4 with 2:02 minutes on the clock, I remained optimistic, as I am loyal 12, and did not panic. I said we got this as long as there’s no interception. Then, I seen Lynch get to the 1 yard line. I got excited, but that excitement soon turned into panic. I started saying no, no, no.
Wilson had three chances to win and repeat as champion. It was 2nd and goal on New England 1-yard line 26 second left and couldn’t run it. O gosh. Throwing the ball was not necessary when you have Beast Mode himself that can power through defenders for the 1 yard touchdown.
After that interception, I don’t know what the Patriots were thinking being involved in a brawl with my Seahawks. Patriots ain’t about that life. Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin got ejected for hitting Rob Gronkowski.
This game solidified Tom Brady as the best quarterback in NFL history……. behind Joe Montana, and this is coming from me.
I’m not going to sit here and bash my team. That’s not my type of reporting or even part of my character.
I got to agree with my favorite NFL Player, and my favorite athlete behind LeBron James, Russell Wilson. He thought it was going to be a touchdown. Seattle’s head coach Pete Carroll trusted his quarterback and had confidence in Wilson. I’m guessing in his mind, he thought this play is going to have people realizing why Wilson is a stud.
I feel bad for Russell because he has no one to hold him and tell him it’s going to be all right because you guys do know he left his wife last April, unless he sends a plane out to Fort Lauderdale, Florida for my sister Gi-Gi because she wouldn’t mind consoling him. I know he took the blame for the lose, but football is a team sport. He needs to be around teammates and his two dogs, not sitting in a dark room wishing he can take that throw back. Hopefully, LeBron reaches out to him because he need someone right now. I know that that play is going to affect his legacy.
I went with my heart and once again, my pick was wrong. I think I keep jinxing these teams, man.