Shane Vereen saw the Seahawks travel 79 yards late in the fourth. (NFL Game Rewind)
Shane Vereen looked on as Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch got down to the goal line with a minute left in Super Bowl XLIX.
Eight days later, the New England Patriots running back joined NFL Network’s NFL AM to discuss what that moment felt like, seeing the Patriots’ 10-play, 64-yard drive answered by the Seahawks’ sudden six-play, 79-yard drive.
“The most sickening feeling you could probably have,” Vereen laughed. “Because we just marched down and scored and we’re up by four. And they just had an amazing catch by [Jermaine] Kearse and you figure Marshawn is just gonna punch it in.”
A week has passed, and the Patriots are beyond a yard out. (NFL Game Rewind)
A week ago today, Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler were on their way to Disney World. Now, the sixth-year wideout and undrafted rookie cornerback are on their way back from the Grammys and into the offseason with the rest of the New England Patriots.
But while the NFL calendar is in its lull, soon it will not be.
Here are a few thoughts on the past week and the road ahead.
Shane Vereen escaped for 11 catches in Super Bowl XLIX. (NFL Game Rewind)
Tom Brady. Julian Edelman. Rob Gronkowski. Malcolm Butler.
One received MVP, two others received 15 passes for over 170 yards and two touchdowns, and another received what would have been the game-winning touchdown. But the New England Patriots’ 28-24 Super Bowl victory over the Seattle Seahawks’ was composed of many.
Here is look at seven other Patriots who proved to be constant parts of it, even if they were not alone.
Bill Belichick looked on as the seconds ticked from 66 to 26. (NFL Game Rewind)
Bill Belichick elected not to call a timeout under one minute to play in Super Bowl XLIX. On Tuesday afternoon during his radio appearance on WEEI’s Dale & Holley, the New England Patriots head coach explained why.
“We knew that Seattle didn’t mind running the ball in the two-minute situation. We knew that going in, and certainly saw it right at the end of the first half that the running game. Whether the handoffs or the quarterback as part of the option-keep was running the ball, that’s part of their two-minute,” Belichick said.
Down by a score of 28-24, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson connected with receiver Jermaine Kearse for a 33-yard pass down the right sideline instead. And that turn of events brought Seattle down to the goal line before calling a timeout.
“They’re not just a throwing-every-down type of team. So when they got down there around the five-yard line, I mean our first thought was not to let them run it in,” Belichick added.
Tom Brady discussed Jermaine Kearse’s play on WEEI Tuesday. (NFL Game Rewind)
Tom Brady had just thrown his fourth touchdown of the game, a three-yard pivot to Julian Edelman to bring the New England Patriots back in front. But 2:02 remained on the game clock in Super Bowl XLIX. And the Seattle Seahawks would soon make the most of it, picking up 42 yards in four plays while Brady looked on from the sideline.
The fifth play would pick up 33.
“I couldn’t believe he caught it,” Brady told WEEI’s Dennis & Callahan on Tuesday morning.
Malcolm Butler secured Super Bowl XLIX with 26 to play. (NFL Game Rewind)
Malcolm Butler and Jermaine Kearse met at the 1:10 mark.
It was then, in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIX, that the 2014 undrafted cornerback and the 2012 undrafted receiver both got their hands and legs on a spiral from quarterback Russell Wilson.
Butler dove back, and Kearse followed suit behind him as safety Duron Harmon flew overhead and the ball fluttered below. The improbable end result was a 33-yard gain. And the improbable end result sent the Seattle Seahawks to within five yards of a second Lombardi Trophy in as many years.
Tom Brady hoisted his fourth Lombardi Trophy Sunday night. (NFL Game Rewind)
The New England Patriots’ 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks delved deeper than the numbers in the final score.
It delved into Super Bowl history, franchise history and career history. And as a result, it’s time to delve into them.
Julian Edelman’s score reclaimed victory for New England. (NFL Game Rewind)
A three-yard touchdown from quarterback Russell Wilson to wideout Doug Baldwin gave the Seattle Seahawks a 24-14 lead with 4:54 remaining in the third.
The margin stood on its own. Only the Washington Redskins against the Denver Broncos and the New Orleans Saints against the Indianapolis Colts had overcome a 10-point first-half deficit to win, with those two glimpses coming in Super Bowl XXII in Super Bowl XLIV, respectively.
But the New England Patriots would soon join them in the second half, even if it brought them to within one yard of a loss in Super Bowl XLIX.
Jonas Gray will not be in uniform for Super Bowl XLIX.
The first-year New England Patriots running back is among the team’s official inactives for the second time in three weeks, after leading the team in rushing during the regular season and posting a 200-yard, four-touchdown performance in November.
Also inactive for the Patriots is fourth-round running back James White, wideouts Brian Tyms and Josh Boyce, guard Jordan Devey, defensive tackle Joe Vellano and sixth-round defensive end Zach Moore.
Tom Brady will face off in his sixth Super Bowl Sunday night. (NFL Game Rewind)
Two weeks have passed since the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks last played a football game.
Much has been said, and much has been prepared for in the days since then. But the wait will come to an end in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium Sunday night. And leading up to it, here are some parting notes on what will be the last game of the NFL season.