On February 1, 2015, Super Bowl XLIX took place at the University of Phoenix Stadium. In this extraordinary matchup it was the Seattle Seahawks versus the New England Patriots. The Seahawks were making their second consecutive appearance in the championship game after having defeated the Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super Bowl XLIX. Post-game, the Seattle Seahawks had come from a huge comeback against the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game where Jermaine Kearse made an impressive 22-yard catch while on his back.
The teams were evenly matched, touchdown after touchdown and were tied 14-14. Soon after it was the halftime show where Katy Perry performed with guest stars Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot. It was a very energizing performance and it built excitement for the next half of the game. With the break, the Seahawks went on to make a 10 score drive in the third quarter making the score 14-24. The Patriots however, responded with two touchdowns, with only two minutes left in the game. Seattle pushed into the final moments of the match, making it all the way to New England’s 1-yard line. With 26 seconds left in the game, Seattle went for an unusual pass into the end zone which resulted in Patriots rookie Malcolm Butler making a heart-stopping interception of Russell Wilson’s throw.
Time ran out and New England’s quarterback Tom Brady was named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player with a Super Bowl-record of 37 completions of 50 throws. The broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX on NBC broke the record for the most-watched program in American television history, previously set during the previous year’s Super Bowl. The game was seen by an average of 114.4 million viewers, with it peaking to 118.5 million during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show featuring Katy Perry.
The American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots won 28–24 against the National Football Conference (NFC) champion Seattle Seahawks.