No other word aptly describes the New England Patriots 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday night in Super Bowl XLIX.
Unbelievable that Patriot Malcolm Butler, an undrafted rookie free agent from that college football factory West Alabama, intercepted a pass at the goal line with 20 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Unbelievable that Seattle had called a pass play in that situation after Marshawn Lynch, one of the best rushers in the game, ran the ball to the Patriots 1-yard line and the Seahawks had three downs and a timeout to cover that last yard.
Unbelievable that Seattle even got the ball on the Patriots 5-yard line after Butler deflected a long Russell Wilson pass to Jermaine Kearse, but Kearse, flat on his back, tracked the ball and caught it as it fell into his arms.
What is not unbelievable is that Tom Brady bounced back from two terrible interceptions and threw touchdown passes to Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman in the fourth quarter, giving the Patriots a 28-24 lead with two minutes to play. The Patriots became the first team in Super Bowl history to rally from 10 points down in the fourth quarter. Such rallies re a Brady specialty.
Brady threw 50 passes and completed 37, a Super Bowl record, for 328 yards. He tossed four touchdown passes, giving him 13 for his career and breaking Joe Montana’s record of 11. He started his sixth Super Bowl, a record, and won his fourth, joining Montana of the San Francisco 49ers and Terry Bradshaw of the Pittsburgh Steelers in that elite club.
Coach Bill Belichick joined Chuck Noll, the former Steelers coach, with his fourth Super Bowl title.
Brady attributed the triumph to the mental and physical toughness of his team. Pete Carroll, the Seattle coach, pegged the loss on one ”miraculous” play, Butler’s pick at the end. Either way, the finish to Super Bowl XLIX was unbelievable.