|02.02.15 at 12:54 am ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Brandon Browner had the same reaction as everyone else in the stadium.
With the Seahawks just one yard from the go-ahead touchdown in Super Bowl XLIX, the ball did not go to Marshawn Lynch but rather Russell Wilson. The Seahawks quarterback decided to try and force and in route on a double-stack to Ricardo Lockette and rookie Malcolm Butler stepped in front for the game-saving interception with 20 seconds left.
“We knew it was going to be a man-beater because we’re a man team. And we knew [it was a pass] because of the alignment. It was stacked look by the receivers. It forced us to be tight on those guys and we did our job. And how great is it that the kid gets his first career interception to save the Super Bowl?”
Browner then reacted like a fan when asked about Lynch not getting the ball.
“Man, what were they thinking? That’s the best back in the game,” Browner said. “Sometimes, people outstrategize themselves and I think that’s what happened tonight.”
Browner said he wasn’t in shock when the pass went in the air because he was too busy guarding his man.
“I wasn’t in shock because I was locked into my man, trying to play tight man-to-man coverage,” he said. “I look back on it and it wasn’t the right move to make.”
“Very happy,” Browner said
|02.02.15 at 12:50 am ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Tom Brady doesn’t have time to think about legacies.
With the victory, the quarterback joins childhood hero Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only signal-callers to win four Super Bowls. He becomes just the fifth quarterback over the age of 35 to win a title, joining John Elway, Jim Plunkett, Johnny Unitas and Roger Staubach.
And he becomes the first quarterback to win Super Bowls 10 or more years apart — the quarterback captured his fourth title almost 13 full years to the day after he won his first championship.
“He was no different than how he is when we’re playing catch in (Los Angeles) or in OTAs or in training camp or in a big game,” said Amendola, who ended up with five catches for 48 yards. “He’s so calm and collected. He’s the best. He gets everybody to play at a higher level.”
Despite the accolades, the quarterback wouldn’t talk about his place in history, saying only that he was proud of the performance of the entire team.
“I never put myself in those discussions,” said Brady, who ended up going 37-for-50 for 328 yards, with four touchdowns and two interceptions. “That’s not how I think. There are so many great players that have been on so many great teams and we’ve had some great teams that haven’t won it. I think you’ve got to just enjoy the moment and enjoy it.
“We were playing a great defense and a great team,” he added. “It took everything all the way to the last play. I’m just proud of our effort and our determination. We showed it all year. Every team has a journey, and a lot of people lost faith in us early. But we held strong, we held together. It’s a great feeling.”
|02.02.15 at 12:37 am ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Emotions got the best of players, especially Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin, in the closing seconds when the Patriots were taking a knee to run out the clock at their own 1-yard line.
The Seahawks jumped off sides, sealing the game for the Patriots, as they now had plenty of room to kneel the ball and run out the clock.
Once that happened, emotions got high and a scuffle broke out in the end zone, primarily with the Patriots’ offensive lineman and the Seahawks’ linebackers and defensive linemen.
In the end, Irvin was ejected for throwing a punch.
“I was protecting a teammate,” he said. “Emotions flew. I saw somebody hit [Michael] Bennett, so I went and backed up my brother. I went about it wrong. Emotions were flying high and I apologize. But if it happened again, I would go and protect my teammate. That is just how it is.”
Irvin was very critical of his team’s play calling at the end of the game leading to Malcolm Butler’s interception.
“We had it,” he said. “I don’t understand how you don’t give it to the best back in the league on not even the 1-yard line. We were on the half-yard line, and we throw a slant. I don’t know what the offense had going on, what they saw. I don’t understand.”
The Seahawks couldn’t win back-to-back titles and that will be what he thinks about all offseason.
“It’s going to kill me. I think I am going to lock myself in my room for about two weeks. This one hurt because we had it. We had it.”
|02.02.15 at 12:22 am ET|
Turns out, he was right.
Instead of turning to Marshawn Lynch and running the ball, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson tried a pass play on a quick in-route to wide receiver Ricardo Lockette. Butler stepped in front of the ball and came away with the game-winning pick, setting off a wild celebration and allowing the Patriots to come away with the 28-24 win.
According to Patriots scout team quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, the cornerback was beaten in practice this week the same play.
“We did [beat him], and Josh [Boyce] got a touchdown on him,” the backup said following the dramatic win over the Seahawks, a win that was punctuated by an amazing pass breakup from Butler that allowed New England to escape.
“I knew they were going to throw it,” Butler said. “Our defensive coordinator [Matt Patricia] is real smart and went with a goal-line, three-cornerback [formation]. We knew they were going to throw the ball.
“I saw Wilson looking over there [toward the receivers],” Butler added. “He kept his head still and just looked over there, so that gave me a clue, and the stacked receivers. I just knew they were going to throw. My instincts, I just went with it — just went with my mind and made the play.”
Garoppolo said he saw what Butler was doing every step of the way.
“It got him ready and he knew what to expect. Jumping a route like that, it’s very impressive. That’s all instincts,” Garoppolo said. “I can’t remember what [Butler] did wrong in practice, but it paid off tonight.”
|02.02.15 at 12:16 am ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. — Richard Sherman and Tom Brady went at it for the second time in their careers, with this time Brady getting the best of the star corner in the Patriots’ 28-24 win.
Brady finished 37-for-50 with 328 yards, four touchdowns and two interceptions, earning MVP honors.
“I think he was up and down. We played great,” Sherman said. “He had his plays, we had our plays. It was great. He continued to compete and he overcome some mistakes early on and you’ve got to tip your cap to him.”
Sherman and Brady embraced while the scuffle in the end zone was taking place at the end of the game, and Sherman said he just told Brady he played a good game.
“I said, ‘Good game.’ He battled through,” Sherman said. “We’re just two competitors. He played a great game today.”
The Seahawks lost two key players early on in the game, but Sherman said it didn’t affect the defense.
“We ran it the same,” he said. “Those were two big injuries to core guys for us, but we ran the same plays. We executed, even though some mistakes [were] made at the end. When you lose two starters, it’s tough for your defense, but we were able to overcome some of those things and give ourselves a chance. I think we had a chance to win the game.”
Although the Seahawks couldn’t win back-to-back championships for the first time since the Patriots did in 2005, Sherman expects the team to be back next season.
“We expect to be here every year,” he said. “That’s the kind of team that we have. That’s the dedication every year. We’ll see how it goes.”
|02.01.15 at 11:51 pm ET|
GLENDALE, Ariz. — In what was one of the most questionable play calls in Super Bowl history — down by four on the two-yard line with 26 seconds remaining and the best running back in the game in Marshawn Lynch — Pete Carroll and the Seattle offense called a passing play and it was picked off by Malcolm Butler to steal the game for the Patriots, 28-24.
Carroll tried to explain what happened.
“Let me tell you what happened. All of the things that happened before are meaningless to you now, it’s really what happened on this one sequence, said Carroll. “We were going to win the game. We had everything in mind with how we were going to do it. We were going to leave them no time. We had our plays to do it. We had sent in our personnel, they sent in goal line. It’s not the right matchup for us to run the football. On second down we’d throw the ball — really to kind of waste that play. If we score we do. If we don’t we’ll run it in on third and fourth down. Really with no second thoughts and no hesitations at all.
“Unfortunately with the play that we tried to execute the guy makes a great play and jumps in front of the route and makes an incredible play that no one thinks he could do. Unfortunately that changes the whole outcome.”
He was peppered with questions on the play and here is how he answered again.
“I’ll tell you again if you want to hear it again,” he said. “Here’s the deal, we sent our guys on the field, wide receivers on the field, spread them out, they ran on their goal line, they had all their big guys out there. At that moment I didn’t want to waste a run play against their goal line guys. Throw the ball, we’ll come in on third and fourth down and we can match up. It’s a real clear thought, it wasn’t something that happened, it was a clear thought, but it didn’t work out. We happened to throw them the ball and they make a big play.”
|02.01.15 at 11:51 pm ET|
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