Super Bowl XLIX Recap Central

The big game may be in the record books, but Inside the Pylon is still breaking down all the angles. Super Bowl XLIX Recap Central will be updated regularly with all our analysis of the epic clash that saw the New England Patriots earn a thrilling 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks. And for all of the thorough coverage we provided leading up to this classic matchup, Super Bowl XLIX Preview Central is your essential tool for reliving the excitement.

The Offense

Drive One ‒ Finding Tharold Simon – With All-Pro Earl Thomas hampered by a shoulder injury and Jeremy Lane knocked out of the game with a broken arm, Simon became a focal point for Tom Brady and the New England offense. Mark Schofield breaks it all down.

Patriots’ Second TD Drive – Mark Schofield shows how Shane Vereen’s execution proved critical on this New England scoring drive.

Patriots Third TD Drive – An in-depth examination by Mark Schofield of the drive that brought New England to within three points on Danny Amendola’s catch.

Patriots Fourth TD Drive – Taking the lead wasn’t because of scheme or trickery, it was the individual efforts made by New England’s offensive stars: Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman that made the difference.

The Defense

Dont’a Hightower’s Tackle – While Malcolm Butler’s pick stole the spotlight, Brian Filipiak explains how critical execution by a New England linebacker helped make that play possible.

Patriots Pass Defense, Before The PickDave Archibald analyzes the highs and lows of the Patriots game plan against the Seahawks air attack.

Do. Your. Job. — The Ninkovich Sack No One Will Remember – Every Super Bowl has its unsung yet critical moments that garner little attention. Brian Filipiak gives a key play by a New England defender the recognition it deserves.

Malcolm Butler in the Middle – It took only a fleeting moment, but it forever altered the fortunes and legacies of two franchises, two quarterbacks and two head coaches. Dave Archibald walks us through “The Interception”.

Stopping the Read OptionBrian Filipiak examines how the Patriots attacked a key element of Seattle’s offensive strategy, and how they fared in their quest.

The Seahawks

The Russell Wilson Throw – On the other side of that play stood a young quarterback with a burgeoning reputation for coming through in the clutch. Mark Schofield tells us what went wrong for the Seahawks signal-caller.

The Bobby Wagner Interception – Mid-way through the third quarter, a key takeaway by Bobby Wagner spawned a Seahawks TD drive that put Seattle up by 10 points. Mark Schofield shows how that play developed.

The Jeremy Lane Interception – What did this Seahawk defender do right? What did the Patriots do wrong? Mark Schofield explains.

The Special Teams

Jon Ryan vs Julian Edelman, Part 1  – Chuck Zodda hits the film room to gauge one of the games within the game: Seattle’s solid punter against the Patriots’ brilliant return specialist.

Jon Ryan vs Julian Edelman, Part 2 – The study of this under-the-radar special teams battle wraps up, as Chuck Zodda renders a verdict.

The Celebration

Don’t Believe Us? Just Watch: Patriots 2014 Highlight Reel – Our video chronicle of New England’s fascinating journey to a fourth Vince Lombardi Trophy.

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