Super Bowl XLIX reinforced that football really is a game of inches.
Both the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks battled to the final whistle on Sunday night, in a game that was close throughout.
Quarterback Tom Brady set a Super Bowl record for completions and also won a record-tying third Super Bowl MVP award. He completed 37 of 50 passes for 328 yards (four touchdowns, two interceptions).
Brady led the Patriots on four touchdown-scoring drives that were 60 yards or longer (64, 65, 68 and 80 yards). He made one of the best defenses in NFL history look beatable at times. And Seahawks players weren’t happy about it.
Tensions boiled over in the game’s final seconds when a fight broke out after Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler picked off a Russell Wilson pass to seal the win.
The Patriots’ offense came out onto the field to run out the clock with 18 seconds remaining, and Brady took a knee. But the Seahawks tried to push through the line, and that’s when a fight broke out.
Things really got ugly when Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin punched Rob Gronkowski, which really set things off. But he then backed up and ran away once Gronk stepped to him.
Irvin later got back into the thick of things and got into a wrestling match with Patriots tight end Michael Hoomanawanui.
Punches were thrown by multiple players, but only Irvin was ejected.
At the end of the day, the Patriots won the battle that matters and emerged victorious as Super Bowl XLIX champions.