New England Patriots Reach NFL Elite Status With Super Bowl Win Over Seattle
The New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 Sunday in the U.S. National Football League's annual Super Bowl championship game in Arizona, winning its fourth NFL title in 14 years.
The Patriots were trailing in the fourth quarter when Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led his team to two scoring drives to take the lead with just two minutes to go in regulation. Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson drove the team down deep in New England territory with just seconds remaining, capped by a spectacular 33-yard reception by Jermaine Kearse. Running back Marshawn Lynch ran the ball to the one-yard-line, but on the next play, Wilson threw a pass that was intercepted by Patriots rookie defensive back Malcolm Butler to seal the historic win.
For the third time in his career, Brady was named the game's most valuable player.
Under Brady and head coach Bill Belichick, the Patriots have joined such stellar NFL franchises as the Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers and Dallas Cowboys with four Super Bowl wins.
China Warns US Against a Meeting With Dalai Lama
China said Monday it is opposed to any country meeting the Dalai Lama "in any manner," after the White House said U.S. President Barack Obama will attend the National Prayer Breakfast with the Tibetan spiritual leader this week.
At a press conference in Beijing, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei also called on the U.S. to handle the matter "in the interest of bilateral relations."
The White House announced last week that Mr. Obama would deliver remarks at the February 5 prayer breakfast in Washington about the importance of religious freedom. The Dalai Lama is scheduled to attend. However, the Obama administration has not announced any direct meeting between the two.
Chinese officials were infuriated when Mr. Obama held his third meeting with the Dalai Lama in Washington last month.
Beijing regards the Dalai Lama as a dangerous separatist seeking to establish an independent Tibet.