Quarterback Tom Brady began the fourth quarter of Super Bowl 49 with his New England Patriots 10 points behind.
He would have three more possession.
Brady ended the first one with a touchdown pass to Danny Amendola, which cut the Seattle Seahawks’ lead to three points.
He ended the second one with a touchdown pass to Julian Edleman, which put the Patriots ahead by four.
He ended the third by taking a knee with a 28-24 win, his fourth Super Bowl championship and third Super Bowl MVP award.
“We were down 10 and we just said, ‘Look, we’ve got to put one good drive together and get us back in the game,” Brady said. “We made the plays. We overcame a couple of penalties and made the plays to do it. We got the ball back and the scored again. And (Seattle) made a great drive, made some phenomenal plays, and we made a great play in the end.”
Brady completed 37 of 50 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw two interceptions and inserted those into his postgame commentary more than any of his touchdowns.
Those 37 completions are a Super Bowl record, topping the 34 Peyton Manning completed against the Seahawks last season.
The 10-point comeback matched the largest in Super Bowl history, and no team had ever come from that far back entering the fourth quarter.
“You could tell he knew it was crunch time, that we had to make a play, man,” receiver Brandon LaFell said. “I saw that look in his eyes.. … it was just, ‘Hey man, do your job. When I throw you the ball, make a play for me.’ ”
On what proved to be the game-winning drive, Brady completed all eight passes as the Patriots covered 64 yards in 4 minutes and 50 seconds. The capper was a 3-yard pass to Edleman.
“I had an opportunity to move up in the pocket, and Jules had kind of a deep in cut,” Brady said. “I tried to drill it to him, and he caught it and made a great catch — took a big hit — and that was the key to the whole drive. There were a lot of keys to the game. You take any one play out, it could be different.”
Brady’s four Super Bowl titles matches Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw for the most Super Bowl wins by any quarterback.
The 13 years between Brady’s first Super Bowl and this one — no one would dare say his last — matches Ted Hendricks for the longest span between a first and most recent Super Bowl title.