Patriots pull off record comeback for 4th NFL c'ship
TOM Brady and the New England Patriots rallied to edge Seattle 28-24 in Super Bowl 49, scuttling the Seahawks' bid for a second straight National Football League championship in dramatic style.
With their fourth Super Bowl triumph - and first in a decade - the Patriots reconfirmed their status as the league's dominant team of the 21st century, a mantle they are not prepared to hand over to the Seahawks just yet.
"Whatever it takes," said Brady, whose three-yard touchdown pass to Julian Edelman gave the Patriots a lead they would not relinquish with 2:02 remaining.
"We were playing a great defence and they're a great team. Took everything all the way to the last play.
"I'm just proud of our effort and our determination," added Brady, whose team recovered from a lacklustre start to the season and had dealt all week with suggestions that they purposely under-inflated footballs used in a playoff win over Indianapolis.
"It's just a great win," he said. "We left it all on the field."
The Patriots rallied from a 24-14 third-quarter deficit, becoming the first team in Super Bowl history to trail by double digits in the second half and win the game.
Rookie Malcolm Butler's goal-line interception of a pass by Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson with 20sec left preserved the victory in a title showdown that lived up to its billing as a clash of titans.
Brady threw two of his four touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to rally the Pats against the most feared defensive unit in the league.
He joined boyhood idol Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks with four Super Bowl wins, having also led New England to the title after the 2001, 2003 and 2004 seasons.
Brady set the record for most career Super Bowl touchdown passes, taking his tally to 13 to surpass the 11 of Montana, and matched Montana with his third Super Bowl Most Valuable Player award.
The Seahawks, who rallied in the final minutes of the National Conference final to book their return to the Super Bowl, looked like they might pull off another miracle.
Wilson hit Marshawn Lynch with a 31-yard pass to put the Seahawks in Patriots territory.
Then, Jermaine Kearse came up with a stunning catch as he fell to the turf, corralling a ball that had appeared to have been certainly deflected out of his reach.