February 2015


Quarterback Tom Brady cemented his Super Bowl legacy, but was looking forward not backwards after leading New England to a thrilling 28-24 triumph over Seattle. Making a record sixth Super Bowl start at quarterback, Brady earned Most Valuable Player honors for the third time, matching the record of boyhood idol Joe Montana. He also joined Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks to win four Super Bowls and broke Montana's record for most career touchdown passes in the NFL's championship game, his four on Sunday taking his total to 13. Brady's 37 completed passes against the Seahawks established a new Super Bowl mark -- and included an impeccable nine of nine on what proved to be the game-winning drive.
''Every team has a journey and a lot of people lost faith in us early,'' Brady said after winning his third Super Bowl MVP award, ''but we held strong, we held together and it's a great feeling.'' The doubters emerged when the Patriots fell to 2-2 with a 41-14 loss at Kansas City. Fans despaired when they trailed the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC divisional game then became the first team in NFL playoff history to overcome two 14-point deficits.
David Tyree has haunted the New England Patriots for the past seven years. And Sunday, in the same building in which Tyree made his improbable helmet catch in the New York Giants' stunning victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, it appeared that Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Jermaine Kearse would push aside Tyree as the next-generation Tyree Patriots tormentor. Russell Wilson has caught fire, and he was moving the Seahawks down the field with ease to try to erase a four-point deficit in the final minutes of the game. Wilson threw a pass to Kearse down the right sideline, and it was well defended by Patriots corner Malcolm Butler, who had replaced the ineffective Kyle Arrington. Butler tipped the ball, and it appeared to be a great defensive play. But like the Tyree play, Kearse stuck with it and caught the ball — incredibly — after tipping it to himself once. The ball never hit the ground. To the credit of the Patriots, who went on to win 28-24 , they didn't lose their cool. (Unlike the Seahawks, who called for a slant pass and not a Marshawn Lynch handoff, for some inexplicable reason.)  "I felt like I did my job, but it still hurt me that he caught it," Butler told NFL Network's Alex Flanagan after the game. "I just had to step up and make a play." [ Super Bowl XLIX finish turns ugly after brawl ] So Butler did. And Kearse's miracle bobbling catch will go down as a footnote in Super Bowl history, and not one of the greatest and flukiest plays ever had the Seahawks finished off the Patriots.  Tyree still has his moment, but the Patriots got the last laugh Sunday night. - - - - - - - Eric Edholm is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at edholm@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Eric_Edholm
By Steve Keating GLENDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - Tom Brady cemented his legacy as one of the all-time quarterback greats, firing four touchdown passes in the New England Patriots' dramatic 28-24 comeback win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. The victory earned the Patriots their first Super Bowl title in 10 years and put them alongside five other teams with at least four wins. Brady joined Hall of Famers Terry Bradshaw and childhood idol Joe Montana as the only quarterbacks with four championship rings. A battling Brady rewrote the Super Bowl quarterbacking record books, setting new marks for single-game completions (37) and career touchdowns (13) to claim a third most valuable player award.
As a kid, years before he became a pretty good quarterback in his own right, Tom Brady idolized Joe Montana. Now, at age 37, Brady owns just as many Super Bowl championships - and just as many Super Bowl MVP awards - as the Pro Football Hall of Famer. He threw two interceptions, including one deep in Seattle territory in the first quarter, and another in the third that led to points for the Seahawks.
(Reuters) - Profile of the New England Patriots, who defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in the Super Bowl on Sunday. Founded:1959. The Pats, as they are commonly known, joined the American Football League in 1959 as the Boston Patriots. In 1971 they moved to the current home in Foxborough, Massachusetts and changed their name to the New England Patriots. - - AFC titles (season): 8 (1985, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014). - - Super Bowl titles (season): 4 (2001, 2003, 2004, 2014) - - Head coach: Bill Belichick. Has won four Super Bowls and six AFC championships with the Patriots. ...
Feb 1 (Reuters) - List of Super Bowl most valuable player (MVP) winners: Feb. 1, 2015 - Tom Brady (New England Patriots) Feb. 2, 2014 - Malcolm Smith (Seattle Seahawks) Feb. 3, 2013 - Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) Feb. 5, 2012 - Eli Manning (New York Giants) Feb. 6, 2011 - Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay) Feb. 7, 2010 - Drew Brees (New Orleans) Feb. 1, 2009 - Santonio Holmes (Pittsburgh) Feb. 3, 2008 - Eli Manning (New York Giants) Feb. 4, 2007 - Peyton Manning (Indianapolis) Feb. 5, 2006 - Hines Ward (Pittsburgh) Feb. 6, 2005 - Deion Branch (New England) Feb. 1, 2004 - Tom Brady (New England) Jan. ...
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Tom Brady's fourth touchdown pass was a 3-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2:02 left in the fourth quarter, giving the New England Patriots a 28-24 lead over the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl on Sunday. Down 10 to start the fourth, Brady rallied the Patriots with a 5-yard TD pass Danny Amendola in the back of the end zone and another one to Edelman. With the Seahawks leading 24-14, the Patriots' defense held as Rob Ninkovich sacked Russell Wilson to force a punt.

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