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Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin on ejection: ‘I went and backed up my brother; I went about it wrong’

02.02.15 at 12:37 am ET
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Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was ejected at the end of the game. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was ejected at the end of the game. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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.”

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On game-winning interception, Patriots CB Malcolm Butler knew what was coming

02.02.15 at 12:22 am ET
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GLENDALE, Ariz. — With the Seahawks on the goal line and looking to take the lead late in Sunday’s Super Bowl, Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler thought he saw something familiar.

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.”

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Richard Sherman on Tom Brady: ‘I think he was up and down; we played great’

02.02.15 at 12:16 am ET
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Richard Sherman is ready to take on Tom Brady again in the Super Bowl. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Richard Sherman and the Seahawks fell to the Patriots, 28-24. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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.”

Read More: 2015 NFL playoffs, Richard Sherman, Super Bowl XLIX, Tom Brady

Pete Carroll explains goal-line sequence: ‘No second thoughts and no hesitations at all’

02.01.15 at 11:51 pm ET
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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 LynchPete 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.”

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Read More: 2015 NFL playoffs, Malcolm Butler, Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson

Photos: Patriots beat Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX

02.01.15 at 11:51 pm ET
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The Patriots beat the Seahawks, 28-24, in a thrilling Super Bowl XLIX. Check out our photo gallery to relive the game.

Tom Brady hands the Lombardi Trophy to an excited Rob Gronkowski. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Tom Brady hands the Lombardi Trophy to an excited Rob Gronkowski. (Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Tom Brady wins third Super Bowl MVP

02.01.15 at 10:53 pm ET
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Tom Brady not only won his fourth Super Bowl, but also claimed his third Super Bowl MVP.

The Patriots quarterback engineered a fourth quarter comeback against Seattle, leading the Pats to a 28-24 win over the Seahawks Sunday night.

Down by 10 points heading into the last quarter, Brady first hit Danny Amendola on a four-yard TD pass with 7:55 remaining. He then found Julian Edelman from three yards out with 2:02 left for the eventual game-winner.

Brady finished completing 37 of 50 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns. He also was intercepted twice.

(Click here for a complete recap of the Patriots’ Super Bowl win.)

Snap Judgments: Patriots shock Seahawks with dramatic comeback win for Super Bowl title

02.01.15 at 10:06 pm ET
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Patriots celebrate their fourth Super Bowl win. (Getty Images)

The Patriots celebrate their fourth Super Bowl win. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. –€” In a performance for the ages, quarterback Tom Brady was able to wake up the echoes and lead the Patriots on a game-winning fourth quarter drive against the Seahawks on Sunday night in Arizona. Along the way, he lifted New England to a 28-24 win, giving the Patriots their fourth title, and cementing his spot as the greatest quarterback in the history of the game.

(For a complete recap, click here.)

Brady — who was named Super Bowl MVP — went 8-for-8 for 65 yards and a touchdown on the game-winning drive, a stretch that culminated with a 3-yard pass play from the quarterback to Julian Edelman. The quarterback, who went 37-for-50 for 328 yards with four touchdowns and two picks. He got plenty of help along the way from the likes of Edelman (9 catches, 109 yards, one touchdown), Rob Gronkowski (6 catches, 68 yards, one touchdown) and Shane Vereen (11 catches, 64 yards).

However, the game wasn’€™t decided until the final moments when Malcolm Butler stepped in front of a Seattle pass on the goal line, allowing the Patriots to come away with the most dramatic Super Bowl victory in the history of the game.

The Patriots weren’t celebrating early in the second half, as they were buried by a Seattle onslaught at the end of the first half and start of the second that saw them take a 10-point lead. Seattle scored 17 unanswered points to turn a 14-7 deficit into a 24-14 edge at the start of the fourth. Seattle’€™s Russell Wilson (12-for-21 for 247 yards with two touchdowns and one pick) led the way, while wide receiver Chris Matthews (four catches for 109 yards and a touchdown) and running back Marshawn Lynch (24 carries, 102 yards, one touchdown) chipped in to do plenty of damage against New England, which had never faced a 10-point deficit in the Super Bowl in the Bill Belchick era.

But the Patriots responded with a pair of gutty fourth-quarter drives. First, Brady engineered a nine-play, 68-yard series that ended with a 4-yard touchdown pass from the quarterback to Danny Amendola that cut the Seattle lead to 24-21. After a Seahawks punt, New England took the lead for good when Brady put together a tremendous sequence, going 10 plays and 64 yards and ending up with the game-winner to Edelman.

That set the stage for the dramatic finish, as the Patriots were backed against the own goal line, but the rookie corner came away with the game-saving interception ‘€” New England’€™s first takeaway of the night to insure the win.



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