The seven-layer dips have been made and the balls have all been inflated (we hope): the Super Bowl is underway.
The defending champion Seattle Seahawks are taking on the New England Patriots and looking to win back-to-back titles for just the ninth time in NFL history.
“It’s tough to win it once. That’s the hard part. Winning twice doesn’t happen (anymore),” said Patrioots quarterback Tom Brady.
Brady is aiming to accomplish an even rarer feat — a fourth ring. Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw are the only quarterbacks who matched that total.
After one quarter, the game was scoreless. The Patriots made it 7-0 in the second quarter on an 11-yard Brady pass to Brandon LaFell. The Seahawks tied it up on a Marshawn Lynch touchdown with about two minutes to go before halftime. New England regained the lead on a touchdown by Rob Gronkowski just before halftime. It wouldn’t last long — a Russell Wilson pass to Chris Matthews tied it at 14.
Seattle took the lead on a field goal in the third quarter, then stretched it to 10 points when Doug Baldwin caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Wilson.
New England cut into that lead in the fourth quarter with a Danny Amendola touchdown to make it 24-21, and then took a 28-24 lead with just over two minutes left on a Julian Edelman touchdown.
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