Tom Brady and the New England Patriots became champions 10 years after their last Super Bowl win with a last-second pick at Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday (Feb. 1).
Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for the third time in his career, holding out in the final seconds for a 28-24 victory.
“You know, whatever it takes,”Brady said after throwing for four touchdowns, including a 3-yarder to Julian Edelman with 2:02 remaining in the Pats rallied from a 10-point deficit. “Every team has a journey and a lot of people lost faith in us … but we held strong, we held together, and it’s a great feeling.”
With just over two minutes to go in the game, the Seahawks put together a last-ditch drive, coming within the five-yard line, thanks to a spectacular juggling catch by Jermaine Kearse… only to have undrafted rookie Malcolm Butler step in front of Ricardo Lockette to pick off Russell Wilson’s final throw… and close out a nail biter and secure victory.
“Malcolm, what a play,” Brady said. “I mean, for a rookie to make a play like that in a Super Bowl and win us the game, it was unbelievable.”
With the win, Brady ties the great Joe Montana with four Lombardi Trophies and three Super Bowl MVPs. He does, however, stand by himself with 13 Super Bowl touchdown passes, surpassing Montana’s 11 TD mark.