Tom Brady was dominant on the final two drives Sunday night, leading the team to victory for their fourth Super Bowl trophy in franchise history. (USA TODAY Images)
12:10 left on the clock, down 10 points in the biggest game of the year.
#Patriots defense makes a play, now the ball is back in Brady’s hands with the game on the line. Would we have it any other way?
‚ÄĒ Derek Havens (@PatriotsHaven) February 2, 2015
The New England Patriots had battled all game, but the Seattle Seahawks had a 24-14 lead into the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl Sunday night.
Tom Brady and the offense took over at New England’s 32 yard line. On the first play, Seattle’s Bruce Irvin got to No.12 for the sack. The Patriots could have been rattled, facing an uphill battle versus one of the best secondary units the NFL has seen in recent history.
Then, Brady found Brandon LaFell, Julian Edelman and Shane Vereen on consecutive downs. Three plays, 34 yards and add another 15 for an unnecessary roughness penalty. They were rolling now.
Five plays later, Brady found Danny Amendola in the back of the end zone. The Patriots were right back in it, down 21-24 with eight minutes to play.
On that drive, Brady went 5-for-7, 59 yards and a touchdown.
The Seahawks took over at their own 20, then proceeded to go three-and-out. The Pats defense did their job. Seattle punted to New England’s 36 and Edelman received the kick with a fair catch.
Down three points, Brady and the offense had 6:52 left in the fourth quarter.
Working primarily from the shotgun formation, No. 12 spread the ball around to Vereen, Edelman, LaFell and Rob Gronkowski on eight different plays. Brady hit Edelman in the end zone from three yards out and gave the Patriots their first lead since the end of the second quarter. 28-24 New England.
Of the ten play drive, eight were passes and New England connected on each.¬†On this drive, Brady went 8-for-8, 64 yards and a touchdown.
Patriots fans have seen Brady elevate his performance in the playoffs in years past, and saw it once again in this game.
Over the final two drives, Brady was 13-of-15 for 123 yards and two touchdowns.
The final Seahawks possession resulted in a roller coaster of emotions, generating some of the most incredible plays in Super Bowl history. While undrafted rookie, Malcolm Butler, ultimately sealed the victory, Brady brought the team down the field twice for touchdowns.
Prior to Sunday, the Seahawks defense had allowed only 14 points in the fourth quarter of their previous eight games. The Patriots scored 14 to give them the lead, including the go-ahead touchdown for the franchise’s fourth Lombardi Trophy in team history.
When the Patriots needed it, Brady delivered in the clutch once again.
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