Patriots are the Champs again 02 Feb 15

BOSTON (AP) — New England Patriots fans from Boston to western Massachusetts celebrated another Super Bowl title raucously, but without the destruction and mayhem that has often followed championship victories by local sports teams.

Crowds of mostly college-aged fans gathered in various areas around Boston on Sunday night after the Patriots’ 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks, and although they screamed and chanted, they remained orderly.

Most fans were watched carefully by police.

Boston police said on their official Twitter account that there were no arrests, adding: “Way to make your team & city proud.”

Celebrations at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst were also largely restrained. The campus has had problems with violence at prior sports celebrations.

Several thousand students poured out of dorms in the Southwest residential area, but a campus spokesman says there was just one arrest.

In the end, it was an unheralded rookie strong safety from West Alabama who saved the Super Bowl for Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, who beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 to win a nip-and-tuck Super Bowl 49.

Malcolm Butler made an interception at the goal line as the Seattle Seahawks were one yard away from the go-ahead touchdown. Butler spoiled the Seahawks’ comeback by stepping in front of Ricardo Lockette for the game-saving interception at the goal line.

The Patriots rallied from a 10-point fourth quarter deficit. Brady threw four touchdown passes, including the game-winning 3-yard strike to Julian Edelman with 2:02 left. That was Brady’s 12th career Super Bowl TD pass, breaking Joe Montana’s record. The 10-point comeback tied the biggest rally in Super Bowl history.

New England coach Bill Belichick (BEHL’-ih-chik) and QB Brady are now four-for-six in Super Bowls in this century. Belichick’s 22 postseason victories are the most by any coach in NFL history to culminate a fortnight of accusations about underinflated footballs during the Pats’ AFC title rout two weeks ago.

Belichick joined Pittsburgh’s Chuck Noll as the only coaches with four Super Bowls.

Tom Brady won his record-tying third Super Bowl MVP award and fourth Lombardi Trophy. Brady completed 37 of 50 passes for 328 yards, with four touchdowns — each to a different receiver — and two interceptions.

The Patriots trailed 24-14 in the fourth quarter before Brady connected with Danny Amendola for a 4-yard TD pass with about 7:55 left. He then hit Julian Edelman with 2:02 left on a 3-yard TD for the winning score.

Brady is tied with Joe Montana with three Super Bowl MVPs. Edelman called himself a Joe Montana fan but flatly called Brady “the best ever.”

Brady called his career “a long journey” that recently concluded a couple of close losses in Super Bowls. But Sunday’s come-from-behind victory “came down to the end and this time, we made the plays.”

On a team with superstars like Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski and shutdown cornerback Darrelle Revis (duh-REHL’ REE-vihs), the New England Patriots were saved by an unheralded, undrafted free agent out of West Alabama — the only West Alabama player in the NFL.

Malcolm Butler, an unassuming 5-foot-11 free safety, stepped in front of a Russell Wilson pass with 20 seconds left for the game-saving interception.

Butler said he “had a vision I would make a big play and it came true.” Star Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch got it to the Patriots 1-yard line, but the Seahawks called a pass play on second down. Then Butler cut off receiver Ricardo Lockette and made the interception.

Afterward, Brady said of Butler’s game-saving play: “It wasn’t the way we drew it up.”

The Seattle Seahawks were one yard away from being the first team to repeat as NFL champion since New England 10 years ago. But one final interception doomed that dream.

But the Seahawks decided against using star running back Marshawn Lynch to run the ball from one yard out and instead called a pass play. It was intercepted by Malcolm Butler, and the Patriots were able to run out the clock.

“There’s nobody to blame but me,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said afterward. He explained that the Patriots had gone with their jumbo goal-line defense, and he thought a pass play would work. It didn’t.

“It was a miraculous play the kid made,” Carroll said of Butler, before lamenting: “We did everything right to win this game.”

The Super Bowl is a winter event, but in Rio de Janeiro, a mix of Brazilians and expatriates sweltered on a steamy night to celebrate the NFL championship game in their own way.

Among the fans jammed into Shenanigan’s Sports Bar, just two blocks from the city’s famed Ipanema beach, 19-year-old Brazilian Milena Lozano — wearing a Patriots jersey emblazoned with Tom Brady’s No. 12 — said she likes American football because it’s “more intellectual” than Brazil’s beloved soccer.

Similar get-togethers were going on in time zones around the world. International NFL fans of the uniquely American game got together to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday, even in a few places where it was already Monday.

In Tokyo, the start of the Super Bowl coincided with the Monday morning commute. That didn’t stop a large group of hardcore Japanese football fans from taking time off work as a boisterous gathering of about 200 crammed into a Hooters sports bar in the Akasaka business district to catch the game.