WHAT DID YOU MISS IN 2015?
The NFL owners had originally voted to host the 2015 Super Bowl at the Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas on the proviso that Jackson County two sales taxes were passed in Jackson County that would allow improvements to the stadium to be made, including a retractable roof. Unfortunately, the taxes were not successfully passed and the deal fell through.
Three cities participated in the bid to host the 2015 Super Bowl in place of Kansas:
• Tampa, Florida (Raymond James Stadium)
• Miami Gardens, Florida (Sun Life Stadium)
• Glendale, Arizona (University of Phoenix Stadium)
Tampa and Miami had lost out on a chance to hold the 2014 Super Bowl but, yet again, Miami Garden’s bid was ruled out at an early stage, and Tampa and Glendale went through to the final round. On October 11, 2011, the NFL announced that the 2015 Super Bowl had been awarded to Glendale and the University of Phoenix.
The 2015 Super Bowl was played on February 1, 2015, between AFL champions the New England Patriots and the NFL champions the Seattle Seahawks.
Like many Super Bowl games before it, the 2015 Super Bowl was characterized by a series of unexpected twists, with every quarter delivering something quite unexpected.
The teams found themselves tied 14-14 at halftime, but the Seahawks took hold of the game in the third quarter to build a 10-point lead. The Patriots, however, were not going to take that lying down and they rallied to build themselves a 28-24 lead with just two minutes remaining on the clock. Seattle were on the verge of an impressive victory in the final moments of the game when they drove the ball toward the Patriots’ 1-yard line, only for the Malcolm Butler, an undrafted rookie, to make an amazing interception of a throw by Russell Wilson to save the game and bring the crowd to their feet.
Tom Brady of the New England Patriots was named the most valuable player.
The game attracted viewing figures of 114.4 million viewers.
Final Score: New England Patriots 28 versus Seattle Seahawks 24
Date: February 1, 2015
Stadium: University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona
MVP: Tom Brady, Quarterback
Referee: Bill Vinovich
Pre-game: Dierks Bentley and Gavin DeGraw
Anthem: Idina Menzel
Coin Toss: Kenny Easley, Tedy Bruschi
Half Time: Katy Perry, Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot
Pregame entertainment was provided by Idina Menzel, who sang the national anthem, and John Legend, who treated the crowd to his rendition of America the Beautiful.
The halftime show was one of the most successful in Super Bowl history, with Katy Perry headlining before performing duets with Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliott.
The 2015 Super Bowl Half-Time Entertainment Set
I Kissed a Girl (with Lenny Kravitz)
Get Ur Freak On (Missy Elliott cover with Missy Elliott)
Work It (Missy Elliott cover with Missy Elliott)
Lose Control (Missy Elliott song Missy Elliott solo)
Celebrities in town for the event included Chris Pratt and Anna Faris at Hugo Boss’ Maxim bash; Rhianna, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, John Legend, and Chrissy Teigen at the DIRECTV Super Saturday Night Party; and Lily Aldridge, Adriana Lima, and Erin Heatherton Behati Prinsloo hosting the Leather and Laces Party.
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