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Patriots vs. Seahawks live blog: Analysis of the 2015 Super Bowl, commercials and halftime show

February 1, 2015
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Live coverage of the 2015 Super Bowl (Super Bowl XLIX, for those who enjoy Roman numerals). Game analysis, all of the ads and everything you might want to know about the big game.

Who: New England Patriots (12-4) vs. Seattle Seahawks (12-4)
Where: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
TV: NBC | Where to WatchBest spots in D.C. area

Entertainment: Commercials | Halftime Show | Recipes

  • Sarah Larimer
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Katy Perry’s dancing sharks were not at the Lombardi Trophy presentation, but Rob Gronkowski was, and he shouted some stuff about PATS NATION. So whatever, we’ll take it.

Here’s what the celebration looked like on the field:

(Ben Margot/AP)

(Ben Margot/AP)

(Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

(Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

(Elsa/Getty Images)

(Elsa/Getty Images)

(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

(Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

(David J. Phillip/AP)

(David J. Phillip/AP)

  • Maura Judkis
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The product: NBC’s NASCAR coverage

The premise: America’s favorite lumbersexual, Nick Offerman, makes the pitch for NASCAR, which is a genius casting move: His red meat-eating, wilderness-loving ways are in lockstep with NASCAR’s typical audience, but he’s beloved by Millennial urbanites, who are less likely to be interested in watching cars zoom around a track, unless they’re doing it ironically.

The punchline: He kicks it off by imploring Americans to do a gut-check: “When our idea of danger is eating gluten, there’s trouble afoot.” Then, Offerman teaches us how to be a True American Patriot in a series of vignettes that would make our Founding Fathers proud: Barbeque, kegerators, hot tubs, double-necked guitars, and most of all, NASCAR. “Welcome to the place where we speed all day, where we bump and grind in a non-sexual way … Welcome to the place where your beast is free, like the rubber hooves of a tire stampede.”

The verdict: Can NBC just skip the real NASCAR part of this and make some sort of “Talladega Nights” sequel, starring Offerman?

  • Des Bieler
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Seattle got the ball back, down 28-24, with two minutes left, and the team got soooooooo close to re-taking the lead. The Seahawks got a miraculous catch by Jermaine Kearse, and they moved all the way to the Patriots’ 1-yard line, but Russell Wilson got picked off on a slant pass into the end zone.

Kearse’s catch came after the receiver had fallen to the ground and the ball had already bounced off of him, immediately conjuring memories of catches made by the Giants’ David Tyree and Mario Manningham in the two previous Super Bowls in which the Patriots had played, both won by New York.

That amazing reception put Seattle at New England’s 5-yard line, and Marshawn Lynch then carried the ball to the 1. But with under 30 seconds left, Wilson forced the ball into Ricardo Lockette, and the ball was picked off by backup cornerback Malcolm Butler.

Finally, fortune had smiled on New England when it mattered most, and the team can now savor its fourth Super Bowl win since 2001.

  • Sarah Larimer
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We know, man. We know.

(Vine via Ann Frazier)

  • Neil Greenberg
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The Seattle Seahawks had the New England Patriots right where they wanted them. And then Russell Wilson threw an interception which all but sealed their fate.

The Patriots win probability went from 72 percent with less than two minutes to play, to 27 percent with a minute left until finally reaching 99 percent after the interception.

(Source: Advanced Football Analytics)

(Source: Advanced Football Analytics)

  • Marissa Payne
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We all saw this one coming… Here it is. Ba-dum-ching!

  • Maura Judkis
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Victoria’s Secret doesn’t need to say anything to sell its products. So we don’t really need to say anything about this ad, either.

  • Maura Judkis
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The product: Wix.com


The premise: Retired football players like Terrell Owens, Franco Harris and Emmett Smith have found lucrative, albeit peculiar post-football careers — party planning, country line-dancing clubs, towing and hauling. Rex Lee, a.k.a. Lloyd from “Entourage,” tries to convince Brett Favre to start his own business by building a website.
The punch line: The best puns of the night. Franco Harris’s company is “The Immaculate Reception,” but this time, he’s planning elegant weddings and offering his bouquet-catching services. Terrell Owens tones down the arrogance to eat some humble pie — and bake it for his pastry company. And “Favre and Carve,” Favre’s charcuterie company, presents some pronunciation challenges for the former Packer.
The verdict: The best part: All of these fake businesses have real, highly-detailed websites. Ladies’ night is every Thursday at Emmett Smith’s Double Deuce Club. You can send off the bride and groom with Terrible Towels as part of Harris’s wedding package (which is a thing that many Pittsburgh brides and grooms do anyway). And is it just me, or does Favre and Carve’s game day decoration package look a little bit Etsy?

  • Maura Judkis
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Cute kids and animals: They always win the Doritos contest.

  • Des Bieler
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Earlier in the fourth quarter, it seemed likely that the Patriots would more or less abandon the run and give Tom Brady every chance to win the game with his arm, and that is what they have done. And Brady has responded, in masterful fashion.

Brady led the Patriots on two fourth-quarter touchdown drives to erase a 10-point deficit, the largest the quarterback had ever faced in a Super Bowl, and give his team a 28-24 lead. On the second drive, Brady went a perfect eight for eight on pass attempts, for 65 yards and a short touchdown pass to Julian Edelman.

The Seahawks have the ball and a chance to pull out a late win, but, following a pair of interceptions earlier in the game, Brady has done everything in his power to win the game for his side.

  • Maura Judkis
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The product: Mercedes-Benz

The premise: The fabled tortoise and the hare are gearing up for their big race, with no small amount of trash-talking and selfie-taking from the latter.

The punchline: Slow and steady plods along until — “Plot twist!” the tortoise says, as he stops by a Mercedes factory to get a slick looking ride to zoom himself across the finish line.

The verdict:  “Who’s your turtle?” is the line they choose to sign off with? Cringe.

  • Maura Judkis
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The product: Bud Light

The premise: Similar to last year’s “Up for Whatever” commercial, an unsuspecting bargoer is treated to a wild night. When he accepts a Bud Light, he is given an enormous coin to roll into a slot …

The punchline: Which puts him on a life-size Pac-Man maze. Our Bud-drinking hero must evade real-life Inky, Blinky, Pinky and Clyde. A great assortment of people from central casting’s collection of attractive 20-something beer drinkers cheer him on, and a DJ plays his thumpin’ remix of the Pac-Man theme song..

The verdict: As a commercial, it’s not as funny as last year’s “Up for Whatever” effort, which brought in Arnold Schwarzenegger to play “tiny tennis” and put Bud Light’s randomly-selected bro in an elevator with Don Cheadle and a llama. As a real-life game, though, life-sized Pac Man is a million dollar idea. Nostalgia-fueled Millennials would line up in droves. There could be a Super Mario Brothers obstacle course, a Duck Hunt shooting range. Bud Light: Make it happen.

  • Maura Judkis
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Between this and “I Wanna Marry Harry,” Americans really want to believe the House of Windsor is only a half-step above the Kardashians, hmm? If there’s an earthquake in England, it’s because every deceased member of the royal family is spinning in his or her grave.

  • Des Bieler
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Seattle had a stranglehold on the Super Bowl, leading 24-14, with the ball. But the team’s inability to move the ball, reminiscent of its struggles in the first quarter, have let New England back into the game.

After the Patriots punted the ball away with just over 14 minutes left in the game, Seattle had the 10-point lead and a chance to add to that, or at least take some precious minutes off the clock. But two Marshawn Lynch runs went for three yards, and then Russell Wilson, who had been playing well, was sacked for an eight-yard loss.

The Patriots took the ball and scored to make it a 24-21 game, and Seattle got the ball again, with another chance to eight put some more distance between it and New England or to take some time off the clock. Instead, two incomplete passes were sandwiched around a five-yard Lynch run, and the Seahawks had to punt to a red-hot Patriots offense.

  • Marissa Payne
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Patiorts receiver Julian Edelman took a hard hit to the head from Kam Chancellor in the fourth quarter, leading many to suggest the star should exit the game for a concussion evaluation. Edelman stayed in the game, however, and continued to play while. Some people on Twitter, however, continued to worry.

  • Maura Judkis
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But was it worth Loctite blowing nearly its entire marketing budget for the year?

  • Maura Judkis
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The product: Mophie battery phone cases

The premise: The end is nigh. There are hurricanes in Nebraska, fish raining from the sky, and the laws of gravity have ceased to exist. Dogs are walking their owners!

The punchline: Ugh, it’s so annoying when our heavenly father’s iPhone runs out of juice. It’s probably the best tagline of the entire Super Bowl: “When your phone dies, God knows what can happen.”

The verdict: An unexpected triumph, this is one of those ads that is singularly clever enough to put a less-known company on the map. This perfectly captures the emotional tailspin and subsequent despair many Millennials are thrown into when they realize their phone has died before they had a chance to Instagram that perfect latte art.

  • Sarah Larimer
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Hey, remember that Washington Post graphic that was an illustrated timeline of Super Bowl halftime shows? Sure you do; we just posted it a few days ago.

That was ace, right?

Well, the graphic has now been updated to include Katy Perry. Here, to celebrate, I made this GIF for you:

I dance like this too let's be real.

  • Maura Judkis
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Slapstick at its finest.

  • Maura Judkis
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I can assure you, the feeling is mutual.

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NFL:
Patriots vs. Seahawks
28-
Final
24
Final
recap
Summary
Box
1 2 3 4 Total
NE 0 14 0 14 28
SEA 0 14 10 0 24
Recent updates
0:18 Tom Brady rush to the middle for a loss of 2 yards to the NE18.
0:18 Seahawks timeout.
0:20 Tom Brady rush to the middle for a loss of 1 yard to the NE5. Penalty: Disqualification on Seahawks (Bruce Irvin) 15 yards.
Stat leaders
New England
Passing
T. Brady
328 yards, 4 TD
Rushing
L. Blount
14 rush, 40 yards
Receiving
S. Vereen
11 rec, 64 yards, 0 TD
Seattle
Passing
R. Wilson
247 yards, 2 TD
Rushing
M. Lynch
24 rush, 102 yards
Receiving
C. Matthews
4 rec, 109 yards, 1 TD
Scoring summary
2nd quarter SEA NE
Patriots Passing TD, 9:47 Brandon LaFell 11 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 0 7
Seahawks Rushing TD, 2:16 Marshawn Lynch 3 yd run (Stephen Hauschka kick) 7 7
Patriots Passing TD, 0:31 Rob Gronkowski 22 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 7 14
Seahawks Passing TD, 0:02 Chris Matthews 11 yd pass from Russell Wilson (Stephen Hauschka kick) 14 14
3rd quarter SEA NE
Seahawks Field Goal Attempt, 11:09 Stephen Hauschka 27 yd FG 17 14
Seahawks Passing TD, 4:54 Doug Baldwin 3 yd pass from Russell Wilson (Stephen Hauschka kick) 24 14
4th quarter SEA NE
Patriots Passing TD, 7:55 Danny Amendola 4 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 24 21
Patriots Passing TD, 2:02 Julian Edelman 3 yd pass from Tom Brady (Stephen Gostkowski kick) 24 28
Patriots
Seahawks
Player stats
Passing: C A Yds TD INT
T. Brady 37 50 328 4 2
Rushing: Car Yds TD LG
L. Blount 14 40 0 9
S. Vereen 4 13 0 7
J. Edelman 1 7 0 7
T. Brady 2 -3 0 -1
Receiving: Rec Yds TD LG
S. Vereen 11 64 0 16
J. Edelman 9 109 1 23
R. Gronkow... 6 68 1 22
D. Amendol... 5 48 1 17
B. LaFell 4 29 1 11
J. Develin 1 6 0 6
M. Hoomana... 1 4 0 4
Player stats
Passing: C A Yds TD INT
R. Wilson 12 21 247 2 1
Rushing: Car Yds TD LG
M. Lynch 24 102 1 15
R. Wilson 3 39 0 17
R. Turbin 2 21 0 19
Receiving: Rec Yds TD LG
C. Matthew... 4 109 1 45
R. Lockett... 3 59 0 25
J. Kearse 3 45 0 33
M. Lynch 1 31 0 31
D. Baldwin 1 3 1 3
B. Walters 0 0 0 0
Game Details