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Seattle wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) reacts after New England strong safety Malcolm Butler (21) intercepted the ball late in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday.

It’s a call that will be second-guessed for years to come.

With the ball at the 1 and time running out down 28-24, Seattle chose to throw the ball instead of handing it off to the most feared running back in the NFL — Beast Mode himself, Marshawn Lynch.

It proved costly as rookie Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson in the end zone and the New England Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl title.

Super Bowl XLIX (49 if you don’t know your Roman numerals) will go down as one of the most dramatic finishes in the history of the game.

The pick denied the Seahawks of becoming the first repeat champ since New England in 2004 and 2005, while cementing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s place as one of the best ever with his fourth ring.

It was Brady who engineered two scoring drives in the fourth quarter to help the Patriots overcome a 24-14 deficit.

But is it the most thrilling ending?

Definitely not for Seahawks fans.

It could be for Patriots supporters, but it may have seemed like just another Super Bowl for them.

All six games under Brady and coach Bill Belichick have come down to the wire.

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The Patriots won on last-second field goals in Super Bowls XXXVI (20-17 over St. Louis) and XXXVIII (32-29 over Carolina, and won XXXIX 24-21 over Philadelphia.

They lost in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI to the New York Giants, 17-14 and 21-17.

As a 49ers fan, Super Bowl XXIII will always be right up there for me as Joe Montana led San Francisco 90 yards in the closing minutes to beat Cincinnati 20-16 on a 10-yard TD pass to John Taylor with 34 seconds left.

Here are some others that come to mind:

• Super Bowl V: The Baltimore Colts beat the Dallas Cowboys on a last-second field goal, 16-14.

• Super Bowl XXV: The New York Giants beat the Buffalo Bills, 20-19, when the Bills missed a late field goal.

• Super Bowl XXXII: John Elway won his first title when the Denver Broncos upset Green Bay, stopping the Packers on fourth down late in the fourth quarter for a 31-24 win.

• Super Bowl XXXVI: Kevin Dyson came up one yard short as time expired and the St. Louis Rams held off the Tennessee Titans, 23-16.

• Super Bowl XLIII: Maybe the best catch in Super Bowl history — with all due respect to David Tyree and Lynn Swan — occurred as Santonio Holmes pulled in a 6-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger with 49 seconds left for a 27-23 win.

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Sports editor of the Corvallis Gazette-Times and Albany Democrat-Herald