Did the Super Bowl live up to the hype?
The Carillon breaks down this year’s big game
Jessie Anton – Contributor
If you missed out on the drinks, game day food and, more notably, Super Bowl XLIX this past Sunday, don’t fret—the Carillon’s got you covered.
On Feb. 1, 2015, the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots faced-off in Glendale, Arizona at the University of Phoenix Stadium for Super Bowl XLIX .
In the NFC Championship game, the Seahawks played the Green Bay Packers, coming back from a 16-point deficit and defeating them in over time to advance to the Super Bowl. For the Patriots, the AFC Championship game was a quick swim by the Indianapolis Colts that sent them through to the Super Bowl. However, they were (and continue to be) under fire for allegedly deflating the footballs, giving Tom Brady—what some might believe to be—an unfair advantage. This incident is still under investigation.
The Super Bowl XLIX began as a defensive battle. With a score of 0-0 for the entire first quarter, it made for some dry football. At last, the Patriots scored the first points when Tom Brady threw an 11-yard pass to wide receiver Brandon LaFell in the second quarter. Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch then rushed for a 2-yard touchdown, wetting the pallet for viewers by setting the stage for the two future touchdowns made by each team. With a tie game of 14-14 at half time, the University of Phoenix Stadium was tense.
Katy Perry cut this tension with her wild entrance on a gigantic animatronic lion, singing her popular single “Roar.” Following her roaring entrance, the pop sensation sang a medley of her biggest smashes including “Dark Horse,” “I Kissed a Girl” with Lenny Kravitz, “Teenage Dream,” “California Gurls,” and then she brought out surprise guest Missy Elliott, with who she sang “Get Your Freak On,” and “Lose Control.” Finally, Perry finished her 13-minute performance with a new, stunning rendition of her sensation “Firework,” wowing the crowd by floating over the stadium on a shooting star, while lighting off more fireworks than any Super Bowl has ever seen before.
In the third quarter, momentum shifted as the Seahawks scored an early field goal and a late touchdown. At this moment, it looked as though the Seahawks were going to run away with the Super Bowl.
Later in the fourth quarter, things were getting heated. Tom Brady threw a touchdown pass to Danny Amendola, and then with two minutes left, he threw another touchdown to Julian Edelman. The score was then 28-24 for the Patriots, and the Seahawks were ready for a comeback.
Russell Wilson then threw a long pass to Jermaine Kearse, who made an acrobatic catch using his legs while on the ground. At this point, the Seahawks were in the red-zone, ready to score a touchdown with approximately 40 seconds left. On second down, Wilson threw an interception to Malcolm Butler, making it one of the worst play-calls in Super Bowl history. The Patriots received possession with 30 seconds left in the game.
The New England Patriots finished the game with a four-point lead, winning Super Bowl XLIX 28-24, dethroning the Seattle Seahawks as Super Bowl champions. After the game, Tom Brady was crowned Super Bowl MVP, making it his third in his career. To add, it was both Brady’s and head coach Bill Belichick’s fourth Super Bowl title together.
There you have it, football fans: a quick recap of Super Bowl XLIX. What a game; what a hangover!