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The most-watched Super Bowl ever ended dramatically with a play that we’ll talk about forever.

The highest-rated Super Bowl in NFL history is also one of the most controversial. In Super Bowl XLIX, New England rallied to take a late lead and preserved it in dramatic fashion. The result was a 28-24 Patriots win.

The first half of this game was closely contested as Seattle’s quarterback, Russell Wilson, would even the score thanks to an 11-yard TD pass to wide receiver Chris Matthews. That one evened the game at 14 points with two seconds remaining in the second quarter.

In the third quarter, the Seahawks scored ten unanswered points to give them a double-digit lead (24-14) heading into the final 15 minutes. The Patriots’ defense would step their game in the early minutes of the final quarter as Seattle’s offense gained 23 yards on their first three drives.

New England took advantage of the Broncos’ inability to score, and Tom Brady got hot. He threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to give his team a 28-24 edge with 2:02 left in the game.

The Seahawks’ final drive covered 79 yards while featuring an acrobatic catch on a deep ball. That landed them at the Patriots’ one-yard line. What happened next will never be forgotten.

Rather than handing the ball off to Beast Mode, ‘Marshawn Lynch’, on second-and-one, Seatle decided to go to the air. Russell Wilson dropped back, attempted a pass, and a collision between wide receiver and cornerback led to a Malcolm Butler interception.

28-24 wound up being the final score, and people are STILL asking why the Seahawks didn’t run the ball. Pats fans are just happy that they did.

Tom Brady would win yet another Super Bowl MVP as he completed 37 of his 50 passes for 328 yards with four touchdowns versus two interceptions. Katy Perry performed at the halftime show. Yes friends, this one was unforgettable.

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