The goalline interception wasn’t the only thrilling moment at the end of the Super Bowl.
In case you turned away after the Patriots sewed things up on Malcolm Butler’s interception in the final minute, the very next play incited an all-out brawl.
With just 18 seconds to go, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was attempting to take a knee to ice the win, but then Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin threw a punch at New England tight end Rob Gronkowski. What ensued next was pure mayhem.
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Several players were involved in an altercation that lasted about 30 seconds and included both Gronkowski and Irvin involved in prolonged shoving and swinging matches. Irvin wound up being ejected.
"I’m speechless," Irvin said, via FOX 13. "We worked so hard to get here. To lose like that is heartbreaking. It was uncalled for and I apologize. It was just emotions flying. When I see someone hit my teammate I was just protecting them. I’m sorry about that, but it was a tough one."
After order was restored, Brady and the Patriots took another knee to finish off the game and clinch the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl title.
Here are some photos of the melee and the aftermath:
Bruce Irvin and Rob Gronkowski exchange much more than words late in the fourth quarter.
Matthew Slater (right) and Demarcus Dobbs exchange some shoves.
Michael Bennett and Rob Gronkowski continue to work through their differences.
An overhead view of the beginning of the proceedings.
After the final knee, Richard Sherman was the first to arrive to congratulate Tom Brady.