GLENDALE, Ariz. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The end of the Super Bowl was marred by a brawl in the closing seconds.
New England had just intercepted a pass in the end zone with 20 seconds left and took over at its 1-yard line. Hoping to just run out the clock, the Patriots had quarterback Tom Brady take a knee.
Instead of accepting defeat, the Seahawks tried to rush the line and get to the ball before Brady could take a knee, setting off pushing and shoving from both sides.
Skirmishes broke out across the line and a couple of players hit the ground, including New England tight end Michael Hoomanawanui, who was wrestled down by Seattle linebacker Bruce Irvin.
Irvin was ejected from the game and Brady was able to kneel and run out the clock once order was restored.
“I was protecting a teammate, emotions flew,” Irvin said. “I saw somebody hit Mike Bennett, so I went and backed up my brother. I went about it wrong. Emotions were flying high and I apologize. But if it happened again, I would go protect my teammate. That’s just how it is.”
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