Five takeaways from a Super Bowl that lived up to the hype

A game for the ages. #SB49

USA TODAY Sports Wire


BOX SCORE: Patriots 28,  Seahawks 24

For complete coverage of the Patriots’ win over the Seahawks, check in with USA TODAY Sports’ NFL coverage here. Did you miss a commercial or the halftime show? For the Win has you covered here.

Football can be wonderful

It’s been an awful year. In fact, it hasn’t been easy to unabashedly cheer on the sport of football for a few years now. We know concussions — there were some Sunday — ravage players and leave them disabled. And then, of course, there was the league’s struggle to deal with domestic violence issues early in the year. Add in Deflategate — a controversy that likely won’t go away anytime soon — and it’s easy to see why so much of the focus was away from the game this year.

This game, though, had everything. Chris Matthews emerged from nowhere. Tom Brady, who we know…

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