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Sports Joy :: A Shocking Super Bowl

NFL fans are still trying to make sense of Super Bowl XLIX’s shocking ending. The championship game finished with a dramatic end-zone interception that made for one of the most exciting endings in Super Bowl history. The New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24. With just seconds to go until the end of the game, the Seahawks reached the half-yard line. But in a shocking call, Seahawks’ quarterback Russel Wilson threw the ball instead of having their powerful and reliable running back Marshawn Lynch run it in for a touchdown. The game-ending pass was intercepted by Patriots rookie Malcolm Butler. "When they passed the ball, I was kind of surprised by it," Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork said. Some of the Seahawks were bewildered, too. "I don't understand how you don't give it to the best back in the league," linebacker Bruce Irvin said. Many fans are calling it the worst call in Super Bowl history and blaming Seahawk’s Coach Pete Carroll for the loss. “There is nobody to blame but me,” Carroll said. “They busted their tails and unfortunately it didn’t work out … It’s a very, very hard lesson.” A Whole Lot of Hype The interception by Malcolm Butler for the New England Patriots made for one of the most exciting endings in Super Bowl history. The interception by Malcolm Butler for the New England Patriots made for one of the most exciting endings in Super Bowl history. More than 49 million people tuned in to watch the big game, according to early ratings provided by NBC. On paper, it had the look of a game to remember. The matchup pitted the defending Super Bowl champs against a very successful football franchise. The two teams certainly did not disappoint. Two weeks before the game, the Patriots had to deal with a controversy known as “deflategate.” The team was accused of underinflating, or deflating, footballs used in games. Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady denied any involvement and urged his team to focus on the game ahead. Brady helped his team make a strong comeback in the fourth quarter and was named Super Bowl MVP for a record-tying third time in NFL history. Coach Bill Belichick and Brady became Super Bowl champions for a fourth time. "Every team has a journey," Brady said after the win. "A lot of people lost faith in us early. But we held strong. We held together." He was talking about the prior months, not minutes. But either made sense. Must-See TV The University of Phoenix Stadium, located in Phoenix, Arizona, was packed with thousands of fans to watch both the game and the variety of musical performances. The high-energy Halftime Show was led by Katy Perry. Before the game, the singer told reporters that the performance would be “wild.” Perry rode onto the field on a giant tiger singing her song “Roar.” For her hit “California Gurls,” Perry was surrounded by dancers dressed as smiling sharks, beach balls, and palm trees. The dancing sharks, in particular, quickly became famous on the Internet. Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot joined the pop star during her performance. At the end of the show, Perry took a ride on a shooting star platform while she performed “Firework” over the stadium. Next year’s Super Bowl is schedule to take place in Levi's Stadium, 
in San Francisco, California.
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