Super Bowl XLIX Exceeds Usual Standard

Patriots Battle to 28-24 Win Against Seahawks

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Cody Shuster, Sports Editor

For the New England Patriots, this was the fourth Super Bowl they have been to in the past ten years. After going twice in four years (2008 and 2012) and losing to the New York Giants both times by only three points, the Patriots were set on winning Super Bowl XLIX over the Seattle Seahawks.

Tom Brady, quarterback of the Patriots, was named as the MVP, which is the third time Brady has won the MVP award in four Super Bowls. On top of this, Brady also passed quarterback Joe Montana for most passing touchdowns in the Super Bowl (the previous record was 11).

Although it may seem like Brady deserved the MVP award, he wasn’t the one who intercepted a pass from Seahawks quarterback Russel Wilson inside the one yard line to secure the 28-24 win for the Patriots. That achievement goes to rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler, who intercepted Wilson’s pass within 20 seconds left in the game, essentially sealing the win for the Patriots.

This play may seem like like a miracle for the Patriots, but the Seahawks will most likely see this as a terrible mistake. They decided to throw a pass on the one-yard line with about 20 seconds left in the game. This made no sense to do seeing as the Seahawks have one of the best running backs in the league in Marshawn Lynch. It seems like the Seahawks, who were only down by four at this point, just gave the game to the Patriots.

The game wasn’t the only exciting part of the night, however.

This year’s halftime entertainment was provided by Katy Perry, with appearances from Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot.

Perry arrived in style, sporting a dress of fire and riding an animatronic lion to perform her hit song “Roar”. After that, she quickly transitioned into another hit, “Dark Horse”, accompanied by a 3D image of a chessboard on the field. Perry then turned her performance to a more childish-looking version of her song “Teenage Dream”. She also performed her song “California Gurls” during the show. To close out her performance, Perry was seen flying across the field with sparks shooting out of the star she was on while singing “Firework”.

While Kravits only has a couple songs that people could name, fans did seem to find it rather enjoyable to watch him perform alongside Perry and sing “I Kissed A Girl”.

Throughout the week, Perry had been making a big hype about Elliot. It was obvious that Elliot didn’t make quite the reaction amongst the crowd that Perry was hoping for, seeing as Elliot’s last song that was on the charts was back in 2008, where it peeked at spot number 95. This being said, that’s probably why Elliot was so unknown to a majority of the crowd, which is what made her appearance and for Perry to hype her in this way even more odd.

Another reason people watch the Super Bowl is for commercials.

In the past, any company who was lucky enough to advertise during the Super Bowl would make their commercial funny, hoping to leave a good impression on people and have them talk about their commercial for the days to follow. The Super Bowl is known to be not only a huge game for any team in the NFL, but it’s also used as a big advertisement time for any company willing to spend millions of dollars for 30 seconds of television time. It’s a chance for them to make their company known and for them to really leave an impression amongst the spectators. To do so, most companies usually stick to using some kind of comedic commercial so that fans can talk and laugh about them for the following days after the game. It seemed like this year, most of the companies ditched their traditionally funny ways and decided to make their commercials more serious.

Whether you were watching the game itself, the halftime show, or the commercials, Super Bowl XLIX definitely surpassed all expectations and made all Super Bowls in the past seem mediocre.