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Super Bowl XLIX Recap: A Roller Coaster Ride

Via our friends at numberFire.com.

The game was over.

Down by four with under 30 seconds left, Seattle had the ball on the Patriot goal line, ready to knock it in to take the lead. How they got there? It’s kind of tough to put it into words. Two plays earlier, Russell Wilson dropped back to pass and threw it deep to wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. The ball was tipped, tipped again, and then tipped again. And then it was tipped again. Kearse was on the ground and somehow, someway, the football ended up in his lap.

That play alone shifted Seattle’s win probability by 30.82 percent, making them favorites to win the Super Bowl with about a minute left.

The game was over.

That is until arguably the worst play call in NFL history occurred. On 2nd-and-goal from the 1-yard line, rather than handing the ball to regular season Rushing Net Expected Points leader Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks opted to throw the ball. From the one. With 26 seconds left.

It was intercepted.

The New England Patriots are Super Bowl winners once again.

The path to victory for New England wasn’t a cakewalk. It looked as though they were going to roll in the game early on, as Brady and company put together long drives of short passes to offset the Seahawks’ strong pass rush. If not for an interception in the first quarter — one that lost roughly 3.8 points for the Patriots — this game may not have had the ending it did. The Patriots could have just dominated throughout.

For the first 24 minutes of the game, not a lot happened aside from that pick. But then the world was introduced to Chris Matthews (no, not the political commentator), and the Seahawks started to gain some momentum.

Russell Wilson didn’t complete his first pass until there was about five-and-a-half minutes left in the first half. His second completion went to Matthews, though, on a 44-yard deep ball, and it set up a Marshawn Lynch touchdown. Despite not doing anything offensively, the Seahawks were tied 7-7 and had 43 percent odds to win the Super Bowl with only minutes to go in the first half.

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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...