The first quarter of the 2015 National Football League Super Bowl was uneventful, as neither the New England Patriots nor the Seattle Seahawks scored and gained just five total first downs, according to ProFootballReference.com.Continue Reading
Despite neither team scoring, the Patriots dominated the first quarter statistically. The two teams ran 27 total plays from scrimmage, with New England running 20 of them, or 74 percent. The Patriots also made four of the five first downs the two teams accumulated and gained 75 total yards of offense compared to Seattle's 20 total yards. New England quarterback Tom Brady completed 10 of 12 pass attempts for 48 yards and one interception, while running back LeGarrette Blount carried six times for 15 yards, and running back Shane Vereen caught three receptions for 11 yards.
The Seahawks ran just seven plays and tallied a single first down at the end of the quarter. Their first possession saw running back Marshawn Lynch carry three times for eight yards before Jon Ryan punted the ball back to New England. They regained possession with just one minute, 50 seconds left in the quarter when Jeremy Lane intercepted Brady in the Seattle end zone. Lynch and quarterback Russell Wilson each added one more rushing attempt for four and seven yards, respectively, before the quarter ended when Wilson was sacked by New England's Darrelle Revis.
The action eventually picked up in the second quarter, and the two teams entered halftime tied, 14-14. The Seahawks added a field goal and a touchdown to take a 24-14 lead into the final quarter, but New England scored two touchdowns in the final eight minutes of play to go ahead, 28-24, and win the championship.Learn more about American Football