What's being talked about the most is the questionable play call by the Seattle Seahawks, who decided to throw the ball instead of running the ball in from the 1 with under a minute left. That play resulted in a game-sealing interception for Malcolm Butler, who cut off Ricardo Lockette for one of the wildest Super Bowl finishes in history.
Tom Brady won his 4th Super Bowl with head coach Bill Belichick, and his 3rd Super Bowl MVP. He passed Joe Montana's 11 Super Bowl touchdown passes, finishing the game with 4 scores, and now 13 Super Bowl passes in his illustrious career. Brady threw 2 interceptions Sunday night, after throwing 2 in his previous 5 Super Bowls. He finished throwing 37-of-50 for 328 yards.
The Seahawks were looking to become the first repeat champion since the New England Patriots a decade ago, and were 1 yard away from doing so. They were looking good following Jermaine Kearse's catch falling down, showing amazing concentration, which looked to be sending the Seahawks to the lead.
Russell Wilson finished throwing 12-of-21 for 247 yards and 2 touchdowns, while Marshawn Lynch ran for 102 yards and 1 touchdown on 24 carries. Many are wondering why he didn't have 25 carries, which would've given him 103 yards and 2 touchdowns, and possibly Seattle's 2nd consecutive Super Bowl win. Chris Matthews was the surprise hero, recording his 1st career catch, and ended with 4 catches for 109 yards and a touchdown.
Seattle blew a 10-point lead heading into the 4th quarter, after scoring the only 10 points of the 3rd quarter. Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin was ejected from the game after starting a brawl at the end of the game, while the Patriots were kneeing the game out.
Following the Super Bowl, the Seahawks have a lot of things to focus on in the offseason. They lost defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who signed a 5-year deal to become the Atlanta Falcons' next head coach. They will be meeting with Marshawn Lynch this week regarding his future with the team. His contract is good through the 2015 season. They will also worry about the health of cornerback Richard Sherman, who needs Tommy John surgery on his left elbow.
The Patriots will look fairly similar heading into next season, with the key ingredients of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick returning. Both the Patriots and Seahawks head into next season among the favorites to return to the big stage for Super Bowl 50.