SUPER BOWL-Rookie saves Super Bowl 49 for Patriots
In the end, it was an unheralded rookie strong safety from West Alabama who saved the Super Bowl for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, who beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win a nip-and-tuck Super Bowl 49.
Malcolm Butler made an interception at the goal line as the Seattle Seahawks were one yard away from the go-ahead touchdown. Butler spoiled the Seahawks’ comeback by stepping in front of Ricardo Lockette for the game-saving interception at the goal line.
The Patriots rallied from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit. Brady threw four touchdown passes, including the game-winning 3-yard strike to Julian Edelman with 2:02 left. That was Brady’s 12th career Super Bowl TD pass, breaking Joe Montana’s record. The 10-point comeback tied the biggest rally in Super Bowl history.
New England coach Bill Belichick and QB Brady are now four-for-six in Super Bowls in this century. Belichick’s 22 postseason victories are the most by any coach in NFL history to culminate a fortnight of accusations about underinflated footballs during the Pats’ AFC title rout two weeks ago. Belichick joined Pittsburgh’s Chuck Noll as the only coaches with four Super Bowls.
SUPER BOWL-Brady wins third MVP
Tom Brady won his record-tying third Super Bowl MVP award and fourth Lombardi Trophy. Brady completed 37 of 50 passes for 328 yards, with four touchdowns — each to a different receiver — and two interceptions.
The Patriots trailed 24-14 in the fourth quarter before Brady connected with Danny Amendola for a 4-yard TD pass with about 7:55 left. He then hit Julian Edelman with 2:02 left on a 3-yard TD for the winning score.
Brady is tied with Joe Montana with three Super Bowl MVPs. Edelman called himself a Joe Montana fan but flatly called Brady “the best ever.”
Brady called his career “a long journey” that recently concluded a couple of close losses in Super Bowls. But Sunday’s come-from-behind victory “came down to the end and this time, we made the plays.”
SUPER BOWL-Carroll takes responsibility for final interception
The Seattle Seahawks were one yard away from being the first team to repeat as NFL champion since New England 10 years ago. But one final interception doomed that dream. But the Seahawks decided against using star running back Marshawn Lynch to run the ball from one yard out and instead called a pass play. It was intercepted by Malcolm Butler, and the Patriots were able to run out the clock. “There’s nobody to blame but me,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said afterward. He explained that the Patriots had gone with their jumbo goal-line defense, and he thought a pass play would work. It didn’t. “It was a miraculous play the kid made,” Carroll said of Butler, before lamenting: “We did everything right to win this game.”
SUPER SUNDAY COLLEGE HOOPS
There were two Top-25 men’s basketball games on Super Sunday and in one Florida State upset 23rd-ranked Miami of Florida 55-54. Montay Brandon scored 18 points on 7-of-7 shooting and the Seminoles rallied from a 16-point first-half deficit to beat the Hurricanes. Miami’s Sheldon McClellan missed a floater in the lane as time expired. Record wises FSU is now 12-10 while Miami dropped to 14-7.
In the other game Jakob Poeltl had 14 points and nine rebounds as No. 11 Utah crushed Southern California 67-39. The margin of defeat was the biggest of the season for the Trojans. Delon Wright added 11 points and five rebounds for the Utes who are now 17-4 and 7-2 in Pac-12 play. Malik Martin scored 11 points to lead the Trojans who dropped to 9-12 and 1-8 in Pac-12.
NBA-RESULTS-Heat end slide
The Miami Heat ended a two-game losing skid with an 83-75 win over the Celtics in Boston. Hassan Whiteside scored half of his 20 points during a dominant stretch spanning the third and fourth quarters to help the Heat to the win. Whiteside also had nine rebounds and blocked three shots, while Chris Bosh added 18 points and Tyler Johnson had 13, helping overcome the absences of Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng who were out because of injuries.
And in New York the Knicks stopped the Lakers 92-80 as Carmelo Anthony scored 18 of his 31 points in the third quarter. Anthony hit 13 of 25 shots from the floor and grabbed eight rebounds.
Brooks Koepka won the PGA’s Phoenix Open with a final round 5-under-66. He finished one shot in front of Masters champion Bubba Watson, Ryan Palmer and Hideki Matsuyama. Third round leader Martin Laird shot a 1-over 72 on the final day to finish three shots back. It’s the first PGA Tour title for Koepka.
HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Our next high school basketball games to be on 103.9 Curly Country will be Tuesday evening from Carrollton, with the Trojans playing host to the Richmond Spartans. The girls game is set for a 5:30 p.m. tip-off with the boys game to follow. You can catch all the play-by-play on 103.9 KRLI.