Facing the largest deficit of his Super Bowl career, Tom Brady was able to rally the New England Patriots to an amazing comeback victory over the Seattle Seahawks Sunday.
Brady’s four touchdowns set the NFL’s career Super Bowl passing record with 13 — the previous mark, 11, was set by Hall-of-Famer Joe Montana — and earned him his third Super Bowl MVP, but it took more than one player to ensure a Pats-victory.
Enter rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler.
New England’s final scoring drive came just before the 2-minute warning, giving Russell Wilson and Seattle ample time to drive down the field. With the ball inside the 10-yard-line and Marshawn Lynch in the backfield, the Seahawks looked poised to force the ball in on the ground, but a risky play-call from Seattle gave Butler the opportunity to make the most important play of his young career.
Despite Brady’s stellar fourth quarter, he threw two interceptions earlier in the game, and it took a total team effort to salvage a win and bring the Lombardi trophy back to Foxborough.
An ugly win is still a win, and Tom will take that any day of the week.