A Gronking to Remember
by Chris Bucci on Friday, February 6th, 2015
For many students, last Sunday’s big game was the first time in memory that the Patriots were Super Bowl Champions. The Pats’ triumph over the Philadelphia Eagles in 2005 remains as only a distant memory, with the heartbreaking losses to the Giants following the 2007 and 2011 seasons taking the foreground of the Patriots’ legacy. However, Brady, Belichick and the rest of the team made up for a decade of disappointment on Sunday by edging out the Seattle Seahawks in one of the most exciting Super Bowl finishes in the history of the NFL. Before the game even started, the entire nation’s eyes were focused on Arizona, with stories of Marshawn Lynch’s press conferences and “Deflategate” stealing the spotlight. While the two stories did lead to some hilarious parodies on shows like Key & Peele, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Saturday Night Live, it was disheartening as a fan to see the media focus more on air pressure and fines than the Seahawks’ attempt to win back to back championships or Tom Brady’s unprecedented sixth Super Bowl appearance. The first three quarters of the game were a duel between the Patriots’ legendary passing attack and the Seahawks’ hybrid offense. Neither team opened up a significant lead on the other, with Seattle’s 10 point advantage going into the final quarter being the largest lead of the game. The game was extremely tense at all times, with the egos of Richard Sherman and Rob Gronkowski making appearances, by either mocking Darrelle Revis on the sideline or “throwing some haymakers” in an on-field fight. The Pats were able to retake the lead from the Seahawks with two minutes left in the game, going up 28-24. However, the game seemed lost for the Patriots when Jermaine Kearse made an incredibly athletic and lucky catch on the New England 5 yard line with under a minute to play, bringing back painful memories of David Tyree’s famous “Helmet Catch” from Super Bowl XLII for many Patriots fans. However, two plays later Malcolm Butler made a game-winning interception on the goal line to seal the Patriots victory with 20 seconds left, instantly elevating him from a no-name undrafted rookie to the game’s biggest star. While many unhappy fans claimed that the Patriots stole the win from the Seahawks, Tom Brady stepped up in the spotlight, throwing for a record 37 completions and 4 TDs. In addition, the Patriots defense also stepped up huge, completely shutting down Seattle in the fourth quarter with some incredible plays from the secondary. While Seattle fought hard and played well, it was the team who deserved the victory that came out with the ring. Whether you have watched every Patriots in the last fifteen years or just tuned into the Super Bowl because your friends pressured you to, you witnessed one of the most exciting games in league history, as well as another championship for Boston sports.
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