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Patriots steal the deal, beat Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX

New England quarterback Tom Brady passed for 328 yards and four touchdowns to join childhood idol Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw as the only quarterbacks to win four Super Bowls.

Brady, the Super Bowl MVP for a third time, hit Julian Edelman on a 3-yard score with 2:02 remaining, and Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson at the Patriots' 1-yard line in the final minute. The game ended with an ugly brawl involving Seattle's Bruce Irvin, who was ejected, and New England Rob Gronkowski, among other.

Turning point: With the Patriots trailing 24-14 and facing a third-and-14 with about 10 minutes left, Brady fired across the middle to Edelman for a 21-yard gain to the Patriots' 49.

Stat that matters: Brady completed 37 of 50 passes, breaking Peyton Manning's Super Bowl record of 34 completions, set last year against Seattle.

Worth Mentioning: Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane had the best and worst moments of his career on the same play. After his first career interception -- postseason or regular season -- Lane suffered a gruesome left wrist injury during the return. ... Brady's 20 first-half completions were a Super Bowl record, breaking the mark of 19 held by three quarterbacks. ... With four touchdowns passes, Brady broke Joe Montana's record for Super Bowl touchdown throws with 13.

What's next: Brady, 37, isn't getting any younger. But the Patriots are playoff contenders every year behind Brady and coach Bill Belichick, and 2015 won't be any different.

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