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Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots defeat Seahawks

The Patriots defeated the Seahawks, 28-24, in Super Bowl XLIX to claim their fourth NFL championship. Tom Brady was the gamne’s MVP.
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Tom Brady and Bill Belichick teamed up to win their fourth Lombardi Trophy. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
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Fans celebrated on Brookline Avenue outside Fenway Park in Boston after the Patriots beat the Seahawks. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski let his family touch the Vince Lombardi Trophy during the postgame ceremony. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
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Matthew Slater rejoices following the victory. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick embraces his son after the game. (Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff)
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Patriots running backs LeGarrette Blount and Shane Vereen are overcome with emotion after the victory. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
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Patriots fans paraded down Boylston Street after the Patriots defeated the Seahawks. (Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)
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The Patriots celebrated after Malcolm Butler (not pictured) intercepted a pass to seal the win for New England in Super Bowl XLIX. (Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff)
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Malcolm Butler (without helmet) looks stunned as he leads the defense off the field following his game-saving interception. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
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Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler intercepts a Russell Wilson pass at the end of the game. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
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Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse makes a circus catch late in the fourth quarter. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
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Julian Edelman caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
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Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount has his jersey pulled in the fourth quarter. (Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff)
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Patriots defensive back Malcolm Butler breaks up pass to Jermaine Kearse in the third quarter. (Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff)
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady gets sacked by the Seahawks' Bruce Irvin in the fourth quarter. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
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The Seahawks' Bobby Wagner runs with the ball after intercepting a pass in the third quarter. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
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Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse makes a catch in the fourth quarter. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
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Chris Matthews celebrates his touchdown late in the second quarter. (Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff)
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Rob Gronkowski gave the Patriots a 14-7 lead in the second quarter with this touchdown reception. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
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Vincie Ryan (left) and Angelinne Curi celebrate the Patriots' second touchdown while watching the game at Game On in Boston. (Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe)
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Seattle's Marshawn Lynch reaches for extra yardage in the second quarter. (Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff)
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Shane Vereen on a second-quarter run. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
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Chris Matthews catches a touchdown pass in the second quarter. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff)
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Brandon LaFell scored the Patriots' first touchdown. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
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Tufts students Ben Armstrong, Josh McLinden, and Joe Mark (from left) watched the Patriots face off against the Seahawks. (Dina Rudick/Globe Staff)
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Julian Edelman celebrates after long reception that set up a touchdown in the second quarter. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
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Patriots lineman Dan Connolly reaches for Seattle defensive back Jeremy Lane after he intercepted a pass in the first quarter. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
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Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws under pressure in the third quarter. (Stan Grossfeld/Globe Staff)
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Patriots receiver Julian Edelman knocks Seattle defensive back Jeremy Lane out of bounds after he intercepted a pass in the first quarter. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
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Tom Brady sounded the battle cry during pregame warmups. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
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Patriots fans sported the team colors. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
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Chandler Jones pounds a goal post as he warms up before the game. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
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The Patriots ran warmup drills before the game. (Tim Donnelly/Associated Press)
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A Patriots fan was in full throat well before kickoff. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
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Many Seahawks fans wore their team's colors. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
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Tom Brady has a few supporters in the crowd at University of Phoenix Stadium. (Bill Greene/Globe Staff)
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Chandler Jones soaked in the Super Bowl atmosphere. (Barry Chin/Globe Staff)
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Patriots players are reflected in the Vince Lombardi Trophy. (Jim Davis/Globe Staff)
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