Seattle started slow and struggled, yet made a last second touchdown in the second quarter to tie it up, 14-14, at the half. They came out with a vengeance in the third and scored ten unanswered points, putting them in position to win since no team previously came back from being down by ten or more points going in to the fourth. But this, of course, is where Tom Brady started working his magic and after trading touchdowns he put New England up 24-21 late in the game.
But there's one thing about a Pete Carroll-coached team; they never give up. Nearing the final gun, Russell Wilson led a tremendous drive, getting the ball down to the one. Would Marshawn Lynch make another bulldog score just before the buzzer and pull off a second Super Bowl victory in a row for the Seahawks? We'll never know, for Wilson dropped back to pass and unsung Malcolm Butler, an undrafted rookie from Western Alabama stepped in and intercepted the pass to Ricardo Lockette right at the finish. And Tom Brady earned another Super Bowl ring and an MVP selection.
Now I really didn't have a dog in the hunt in the game, but I guess I was rooting for Russell Wilson because of his strong moral and religious lifestyle and stand as a man. But you have to give it to Brady whether you like it or not. The man is a winner. And the game was really a winner for both teams, because after so much adversity and bad publicity the Super Bowl really was SUPER this year. It really reinflated itself in the game. And it's a shame that one team has to lose because this was a great performance with only a few exceptions by both squads.
And the old saying that football is a game of inches is just that. An inch here or there and the entire outcome would have been different, but that's just the nature of the game. So congratulations to the Patriots and to the Seahawks for an outstanding effort. And as for the NFL, let's just hope they get themselves a little better organized and a little less politically correct for the next season.
Let 'em play rough and tumble like the game is meant to be played, gentlemen, just let 'em play.