Resilience was the theme for 2014 Patriots

The Patriots were galvanized by a blowout loss to the Chiefs in September, leading to their run to the Super Bowl.

DAN SHAUGHNESSY

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After Sunday’s win in Arizona, New England football fans have the ultimate validation of the Patriot Way.

Ben Volin

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Malcolm Butler’s interception was the defining moment, but several other plays and decisions were critical in the thrilling finish.

Patriots 28, Seahawks 24

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The Patriots narrowly defeated the Seahawks with a fourth quarter comeback to win their fourth title in Super Bowl XLIX.

CHRISTOPHER L. GASPER

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The only thing Brady deflated in Super Bowl XLIX was the hopes of the Seahawks.

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Amid all the drama of the Super Bowl, three plays were crucial in paving the way for the Patriots’ victory.

Alex Speier

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History is not on the side of those who think the pass from the 1-yard line was the worst call ever.

ben volin | on football

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After disappointing finishes to their last two Super Bowls, Vince Wilfork & Co. came up big.

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Darrelle Revis and Co. demonstrated that they are at least as talented as Seattle’s vaunted “Legion of Boom.”

Alex Speier

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Astonishment mixed with elation as the Patriots celebrated their Super Bowl victory Sunday in Arizona.

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Jermaine Kearse evoked flashbacks to David Tyree’s helmet catch

This time, the Patriots survived a miracle catch in a Super Bowl, although the Seahawks receiver sure made things interesting.

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The Seahawks’ cornerback initiated the decades-old tradition of a postgame handshake between opponents.

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The Seattle coaches and quarterback Russell Wilson took the blame after an intercepted pass at the goal line ended their chances.

Seahawks notebook

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Emotions ran high following Malcolm Butler’s interception, resulting in Seattle LB Bruce Irvin’s ejection.

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The Patriots’ quarterback and coach each offered praise for the contributions of the entire team in a press conference Monday.