The New England Patriots defeatedÂ the Seattle Seahawks for the first time in 10 years.
TheÂ New England PatriotsÂ eclipsedÂ the Seattle Seahawks with a incredible interception in the final of Super BowlÂ 2015Â and the close 28-24 game appeared to beÂ enough to set a television record in the Nielsen ratings.
According to sources familiar with the matter,Â the matchÂ drew a 49.7 overnight rating which beatÂ the record for the game which had stood for more than three decades.
“The buildup to the Super Bowl had been dominated by a controversy over deflated footballs used by the Patriots in a blowout win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC title game that earned them a trip to Arizona,” Reuters reports.
A whiff of scandal continued to hang over Sunday’s game even as the Vince Lombardi Trophy was hoisted and confetti fell from the roof of the University of Phoenix Stadium still trembling from New England’s heart-stopping win.
“We won that (AFC) game 45-7, we won today 28-24,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft through the celebratory din. “Our people didn’t touch the balls. I love our team, I’m proud of our guys.
“Weâ€™re going to carry on and hopefully continue to do well.Â Every year if youâ€™re privileged to get to this game, hard things happen. I’m so proud of (Tom) Brady and (coach Bill) Belichick for handling things the way they did.Â I love them. And all our Patriots fans should feel very good.”
On Sunday Tom Brady rewroteÂ the Super Bowl quarterbacking record books, setting new marks for single-game completions (37), most career passing yards (1,605) and career touchdowns (13) to claim a third most valuable player award.
“It wasn’t the way we drew it up,” said Brady, who won his third Super Bowl MVP award. “It was a lot of mental toughness. Our team has had it all year. We never doubted each other, so that’s what it took.”
“It’s just a lot of mental toughness, I think the whole team had it,” he saidÂ when asked how the team was able to deal with the controversy and focus on the game. “Coach always says, ignore the noise and control what you can control.”
However,Â the Patriots and Belichick, the only coach to take a team to six Super Bowls, have also developed a reputation as a team not above a bit of skullduggery.
“I’m not really concerned about that (controversy),” said Belichick. “I’ve already spoken on that, so I am not going to have anything to add to it.Â I’m happy for our team. We won. I think our team deserved to win.”
He went on, adding: “We won tonight in a tough game. I don’t know what more we need to do.Â This team deserves to be champions.”
Meanwhile,Â Boston mayor Marty Walsh greeted the winners: “Congratulations to Patriots and all of Patriot Nation on a well earned Super Bowl victory. You have made Boston and New England proud – cue the duck boats!”