Battle of the coasts

Photo Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

By Nicholas Logan

One of the top celebrated events in the United States is the Super Bowl. It is celebrated so widely nationwide, it should be considered a holiday. Those who missed the game missed a thriller.

Approaching the Super Bowl, the New England Patriots were under a lot of heat for being accused of deflating 11 of their 12 footballs in the American Football Conference (AFC) Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Some critics thought this would be a distraction to the team, and many started to favor the Seattle Seahawks’ chances. Well, the fans who thought the Seahawks would win were wrong.

In a very interesting Super Bowl, the Patriots pulled out the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Patriots were up 14-7 with 31 seconds left to play in the first half, and in five plays, Seahawks’ quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch were able to score.

Momentum switched gears to the Seahawks as they went into the second half, and again they were up 24-14 entering the fourth quarter.

No team has ever come back from ten points in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl history, and the Seahawks have not blown a ten point lead going into the fourth quarter in three seasons. If there was one person to change that, it would have to be Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady.

Brady connected to receiver Danny Amendola for a touchdown to make it 24-21. After another stop by the Patriots’ defense, the ball was back in Brady’s hands. He pushed up the field and this time found receiver Julian Edelman for a touchdown to give New England a 28-24 lead.

With two minutes left to play, the Seahawks needed a touchdown to win the game. The time was ticking, and Russell Wilson found receiver Jermaine Kearse who made an unbelievable catch, bobbling it three times and barley catching it laying down as it fell into his lap.

Brady and his coach, Bill Belichick, have had a past of great catches by receivers of the opposing team in the two Super Bowls in 2008 and 2012, all three late in the game. Once again it looked like the Patriots would lose another Super Bowl due to a fantastic catch.

On the five yard line Lynch received the ball, and ran four yards to get the ball to the New England one yard line. With three plays left Seattle’s, coach Peter Carroll, made a regrettable play that cost his team greatly.

At the one yard line, Carroll elected to pass the ball instead of running it with one of the game’s best running backs, Marshawn Lynch.

The pass was intercepted by rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler, and with twenty seconds remaining, all the Patriots had to do was run out the clock.

After a false start by the Seahakws and a fight, the Patriots won the game and Brady received his fourth Super Bowl ring and his third Super Bowl Most Valuable Player for throwing for 328 yards and four touchdowns.

Katy Perry, Lenny Kravits, and Missy Eliot performed this year and put on a good performance.The Super Bowl overall was great this year and those who missed it missed a beauty.

Author: Plaid Press

Granada Hills Charter High School newspaper

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