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Seattle OC Darrell Bevell calls out WR Ricardo Lockette: He ‘could have been stronger through the ball’

02.02.15 at 1:47 pm ET
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PHOENIX — The play everyone is talking about following Super Bowl XLIX is Malcolm Butler’s interception at the 1-yard line with just over 20 seconds left in the game when the Seahawks chose to throw the ball instead of handing the ball to arguably the best running back in the game in Marshawn Lynch.

Wilson’s pass intended for Ricardo Lockette was intercepted by Butler on a slant route right at the goal line, giving the Patriots an improbable win.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll explained his decision making process on the sequence after the game, deflecting any criticism to he and the coaches. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell didn’t go that route, instead calling out Lockette.

Bevell said Lockette “could have been stronger through the ball” and that is what led to the interception.

Lockette finished the game with three catches for 55 yards.

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Report: Seahawks DC Dan Quinn to be introduced as Falcons coach Tuesday

02.02.15 at 1:45 pm ET
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Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn reportedly has agreed to a five-year deal to coach the Falcons and will be introduced in Atlanta on Tuesday.

Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels was one of several other candidates to be interviewed for the job.

Seattle has reached the last two Super Bowls. The Seahawks beat the Broncos to become champions last year. Quinn’s defense, which has become famous for the Legion of Boom secondary, has been one of the main reasons for the team’s success.

Recently, Seattle coach Pete Carroll offered his opinions on Quinn.

“He’s had a great history,” Carroll said. “He’s a great communicator. He’s a fantastic teacher. He’s got a real toughness about him — innovative. He has all of the attributes of being a successful guy moving forward, so when that time comes we will expect to see him land one of those jobs and we will look forward to playing against him.”

Quinn will be replacing Mike Smith, who was fired at the end of this season, in which the Falcons went 6-10.

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AP source: Julian Edelman passed concussion test in Super Bowl

02.02.15 at 1:33 pm ET
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Julian Edelman was fired up after his game-winning touchdown catch. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Julian Edelman was fired up after his game-winning touchdown catch. (Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman passed a concussion test in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s Super Bowl, a source told The Associated Press, and was cleared to remain in the game before catching the game-winning touchdown in a thrilling 28-24 victory over the Seahawks.

Edelman got up slowly after absorbing a punishing hit from Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor while converting a crucial third-and-14 in the fourth quarter. The source told the AP that Edelman was examined on the Patriots sideline by medical staff and an independent neurologist.

He remained on the field and helped the Patriots to two fourth-quarter touchdowns that erased a 24-14 deficit. He finished with nine catches for 109 yards, and his 3-yard touchdown proved the game-winner.

On Monday in Arizona, quarterback Tom Brady saluted Edelman’s toughness.

“Yeah, he took a big hit on what I thought, obviously, was one of the big plays of the game,” Brady said. “We were backed up third-and-long and he found a way — made a great route on an in-cut, I put it on him and Kam, who’€™s a big safety, laid a good shot on him.”

Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the decision for Edelman to return was solely a medical one.

“I am a coach,” Belichick said. “I have a deal with our trainers and doctors: They’re the medical experts and they don’t call plays, and I’m the coach and I don’t get involved in the medical part. They clear players to play, then if we want to play them, we play them. The plays we call I don’t have to get approval from them. It’s a good setup.”

Brady marveled at how far Edelman has come as a receiver.

“It speaks to him and his work ethic, his upbringing, his character, what he’€™s all about,” Brady said. “Just a phenomenal player who played, obviously, the game of his life in the biggest game of his career.”

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Roger Goodell on Patriots’ win: ‘Spectacular game’

02.02.15 at 1:12 pm ET
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Roger Goodell spoke on  the "spectacular" game Sunday night on Monday morning. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Roger Goodell spoke about the “spectacular” Super Bowl at his Monday morning press conference. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Sunday night was a proud night for Roger Goodell.

With his sport’s biggest game in the national spotlight — both for sports fans and non-sports fans due to the events of the last two weeks — Super Bowl XLIX was one of the best Super Bowls of all time, with the Patriots coming away with an improbable 28-24 win over the Seahawks.

“We obviously had a spectacular game last night,” Goodell said at his Monday morning press conference. “One for the ages, as they say. The two best teams, I think, all season playing out to one of those classic Super Bowls. It was a great night for the NFL and our fans and our partners. As I understand, it’€™s the largest fourth-quarter comeback in Super Bowl history, so congratulations to both teams, but obviously in particular, our Super Bowl champs, the New England Patriots.”

Even with all the distractions surrounding the Patriots and the NFL, Goodell gave Tom Brady and the Patriots all the credit for their win over the Seahawks.

“We’€™re obviously thrilled to have the Patriots here this morning,” he said. “Coach [Bill] Belichick and three-time [Super Bowl] MVP Tom Brady. Their fourth Super Bowl in 14 years. It’€™s an extraordinary performance on behalf of the Patriots. It was one of those games that demonstrated the resilience that makes the NFL special and makes this team special. Tom Brady has demonstrated that over his career and just an extraordinary performer, joining his boyhood idol Joe Montana as the only three-time Super Bowl MVP.”

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Tom Brady: Malcolm Butler made ‘perfect play at the perfect time’

02.02.15 at 12:56 pm ET
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Malcolm Butler makes the game-saving interception on a Russell Wilson pass Sunday night. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Malcolm Butler makes the game-saving interception on a Russell Wilson pass Sunday night. (Harry How/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Tom Brady got to know Malcolm Butler pretty early.

On Monday morning — roughly 12 hours after Butler’s game-saving interception — the Patriots quarterback recalled the getting-to-know-you process involving the rookie cornerback out of West Alabama.

“He made a mark in the rookie (minicamp) — in OTAs,” Brady recalled with a smile. “This one player just kept making plays and I kept going, “Who is that? Who’s that guy running down balls?’

“He had great quickness, great speed, great jumping ability,” added Brady. “(He) played the ball so well, intercepting passes all season long practicing on the scout team, and got some opportunities as the season went along to play on defense. It all leads to that particular moment.”

When it came around, Butler was prepared for that moment — as scout team quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo recalled shortly after the end of the Super Bowl, Butler had been beaten in practice earlier in the week on the same play he delivered on against the Seahawks.

“You put a lot of hard work in over the course of the season and Malcolm did that,” Brady said. “To recognize a formation, a play, put it all together in your mind as a young player, it was the perfect play at the perfect time. Obviously, none of us will ever forget that play. I’m just proud of him.

“He’€™s been doing it to me in practice all season, so it was actually nice to see him pick somebody else off,” he added. “I’€™m so happy for him.’€

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Super Bowl XLIX sets viewership record

02.02.15 at 12:48 pm ET
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According to the NBC Sports Group, Super Bowl XLIX set the record for highest viewership in Super Bowl history, with a 49.2 overnight rating.

In Boston, the game received a 61.0 rating, the highest in Super Bowl history for this market.

The ratings peaked between 10 and 10:15 p.m. ET, when the Patriots completed their comeback and stopped the Seahawks on the goal line with an interception by Malcolm Butler. Between those times, the ratings reached 52.9.

Last year, the Super Bowl between the Seahawks and the Broncos received a 47.6 rating. The previous record was 48.1, set in 2013 during Super Bowl XLVII between the Ravens and 49ers.


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Tom Brady confesses to ‘little bit of doubt’ after Jermaine Kearse catch

02.02.15 at 12:45 pm ET
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Tom Brady won his third Super Bowl MVP Sunday night. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Tom Brady won his third Super Bowl MVP Sunday night. (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — It seemed like deja vu all over again for the Patriots.

After coming from 10 points down in the fourth quarter, Jermaine Kearse made a catch for the ages with the ball bouncing around before he ended up by catching the ball on his backside, setting the Seahawks up inside the 10-yard line for the potential game-winning touchdown, before Malcolm Butler stole the show and picked off Russell Wilson at the goal line.

Although Brady said he was confident they would win the game even being down 10 points, he had “a little bit of doubt” following the Kearse catch.

“I mean, I kind of turned away,” Brady said. “I saw Malcolm [Butler] make a great play and he tipped it and I turned my head and then the guy got up and started running and I said, ‘€˜What happened?’€™ I saw the review and couldn’€™t believe it. I felt like we were going to win the whole game, and then they made that catch and then I had a little bit of doubt, and then we made a great play.

“Like I said, we’€™ve been on the other end of some great catches and not been able to finish it out, and this time. We made the play.”

The 37-year-old, three-time Super Bowl MVP, was asked about how long he can keep playing at the level that he is, and Brady maintained he wants to keep playing for a long time.

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