The 2014 Super Bowl was a major disappointment, with the Seahawks routing the Peyton Manning led Broncos 43-8. Many thought there was no way this Super Bowl could be a snoozer like last years, and they were right. The 2015 Super Bowl was one for the ages. There was pregame drama, highlighted by “Deflate Gate”, which dealt with the Patriots alleged deflation of their footballs in their AFC Championship game routing of the Colts. The drama didn’t stop there though. This game had drama from the first drive all the way to the last one, and that’s why this Super Bowl will be remembered for the long time.
There were a lot of topics of discussion leading into this game. Could the Seahawks repeat? Can Tom Brady and Bill Belichick get their fourth Super Bowl title together? How would the “Legion of Boom’ hold up with all of their injuries? Would there be a player make a name for himself? So many questions leading into the game, all of which were answered in thrilling fashion.
Coming into the game, who had ever heard the names Chris Matthews and Malcolm Butler outside of their respective cities? Chris Matthews was working at a Footlocker not too long ago trying to establish a career, that is until he got the call from the Seattle Seahawks. Two months ago Matthews wasn’t even on the Seahawks roster, and last night he was a Russell Wilson interception from being named Super Bowl MVP. On the other hand, you have Malcolm Butler, who made one of the biggest plays in Super Bowl history, a play that clinched a Super Bowl title for the New England Patriots. In 2009, Butler was working at a Popeyes. In 2014, he was signed as a undrafted free agent out of West Alabama by the Patriots. In 2015, he made the play of the year, picking off Russell Wilson in the end zone to clinch the title. These two Cinderella stories show that anything is possible with hard work and perseverance.
Another obvious storyline is how the Seahawks lost this game. One, injuries proved to be detrimental to the Seattle defense. The trio of Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor all showed signs of not being 100 percent throughout the game. In addition, Jeremy Lane, the third corner on the team, broke his wrist/arm in the first quarters, leaving Tharold Simon to take over corner duties. Simon is good on the deep ball, but got burned consistently on short routes by super quick receivers. The absence of Jeremy Lane might’ve been the biggest blow of them all.
In addition to injuries, the Seahawks missed two huge opportunities to put the game away. In the third quarter, Jermaine Kearse dropped a pass that was right in his hands that would’ve gave the Seahawks a first down late in the third quarter in Patriots territory. Barring a turnover, the Seahawks would’ve got at least three points on that possession, if not seven. On top of not getting the points, they lost most of the momentum that they had gained leading up to that point. The play that has left most of the nation dumbfounded though is the decision not to run Marshawn Lynch, “Beast Mode”, on second down from the one yard line with more than 20 seconds left. Instead, Pete Carroll chose to pass the ball, which led to the game winning interception by Malcolm Butler. They might not have scored running Lynch three times in a row, but it would’ve taken a miracle at that point to stop him three consecutive times. Yes, had they scored Pete Carroll would be receiving praise from all over the country today, but they didn’t. Instead, he will be getting questions about that call for a long time.
Lastly, the biggest story coming out of the Super Bowl is that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have now won their fourth title together. These two were already the most lethal coach/quarterback combo in history in my book, and they just cemented it Sunday night. Not only have they won four together, but they would have two more had it not been for once in a lifetime catches by both David Tyree and Mario Manningham of the New York Giants. The fact that they’ve been to the Super Bowl six times is insane, and the fact that they’ve come so close to winning six is even more insane. Each can be considered the best of all time at their respective professions. There will not be another NFL team have the same consistency and longevity of the Patriots for a long time.
The Patriots have achieved history, and this game will be remembered for a long time. Each team played lights out, but in the end the Patriots made the plays to win. The Seahawks will look to bounce back next year, and with the amount of young talent they have on their roster, they are more than capable of doing so.