Play-By-Play of Super Bowl XLIX

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By: Lessenitt Campos

@Lessenitt_C

An eventful, edge-of-your-seat Super Bowl was held at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Punches were thrown, touchdowns were made, and a very happy Tom Brady cried tears of joy as the New England Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks 24-21 and was declared the Super Bowl’s MVP.

A beautiful performance of “America the Beautiful” and the National Anthem by John Legend and Idina Menzel start off an epic, match-up for the ages.

First Quarter:                                       

The Seattle Seahawks won the coin toss but preferred to allow the New England Patriots receive the “properly inflated” football. With all scandal behind, the Patriots was the first team of the night to make it within Field Goal range, and on their second run. What would have been a touchdown pass to Julian Edelman, landed in the hands of Seahawk Jeremy Lane for an interception, diminishing any chance the Patriots had of scoring early on. A slow start an eventful game to come, both teams remained scoreless with little yards gained.

Second Quarter:

Another missed touchdown. The Patriots, on second and ten, were millimeters away of a short but sweet pass to the touchdown zone. That didn’t stop Tom Brady’s forces in their tracks. As they inch closer to a lead, wide receiver Brandon LaFell caught the eleven-yard touchdown pass. A 65-yard scoring drive pushed the Patriots in the lead, 7-0.

With time dwindling down, the Seahawks pumped-up their forces for a forty-four yard pass to come near touchdown zone. A running pass by Marshawn Lynch tied the game at 7-7. In hopes to regain the lead by halftime, the Patriots land another touchdown deep in the field with 31-seconds left. A successful catch by the Patriots’ Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski only brought up the Seahawks moral and game efficiency. With six seconds left until the half, Russell Wilson threw a bullet like pass to Chris Matthews, closing off the second quarter, and first half, with the game tied 14-14.

Third Quarter:

A power pass to Chris Matthews, the Seattle Seahawks come close enough to score a twenty-seven yard field goal, giving them their first lead of the night. The Seahawks put pressure on the Patriots shoulders, who aren’t able to complete a pass to Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski and instead result in another interception. Already in Patriots’ territory, Russell Wilson only needed to do a few passes to have the football land in Doug Baldwin’s hands for another Seattle touchdown, extending the lead 24-14.

Fourth Quarter:

A slow start for the Patriots, who are trailing behind the Seahawks. It’s not until halfway through the quarter where they pick up pace, scoring a touchdown pass to Danny Amendola, shortening the Seahawks lead to 21-24. With their spirits up, the Patriots’ run doesn’t end here. With almost two minutes left to go, the Patriots score another touchdown of the night, giving them the lead once again after a twelve point deficit. Needing a touchdown to win, the Seahawks came a yard away from Super Bowl victory. An interception and a fist throwing fight seconds later, the Seahawks lose their chance of becoming defending NFL Champions.

Halftime (Katy Perry):

Another phenomenal Pepsi sponsored Halftime Show. A roaring robotic Lion in a field of glowing, inflatable balls, being ridden by the star of the show – Katy Perry – opens up the show. A powerful performance of one of her number one hits “Roar” is closed off with an actual roar of a lion. The metallic lion is gone and replaces with metallic dancers, performing to the 2014 smash hit “Dark Horse” from her latest album Prism.

The famous Lenny Kravitz, American-rocker and “Cinna” in the Hunger Games saga, played the guitar and sang along to a rock version of a throwback hit to Katy Perry’s first days on the music scene: “I Kissed A Girl.”

The rock scene gets a touch of west coast vibe, with dancing palm trees, beach balls, and sharks to correlate with a mix of “California Girls” and “Teenage Dream.” “I’m the only person in Super Bowl history to bring a lion and sharks to the show,” Perry said earlier this week.

With a surprised appearance by Missy Elliot, Katy Perry’s vocals flowed nicely with the legend’s chart topping hits “Get Ur Freak On” and “Work it” of the 2000s. She closed off the show with a rousing rendition of “Firework,” accompanied with real fireworks going off around her has she circled the crowd while flying through the air. The definition of a Super Bowl halftime performance.

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