Following a late interception from Russell Wilson in the Patriots' end zone, New England took over from its 1-yard line. After encroachment was called on Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, the Patriots moved up to their 6-yard line, where quarterback Tom Brady took a knee.
Then the fight broke out.
"Just two rowdy teams, comes down to the end of the game," said Bennett. "You've probably never played football, never done anything physical in your life besides hold that microphone, but that's football. Two rowdy teams."
Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was ejected. Brady took a knee on the next play to run out the clock and clinch New England's 28-24 win.
"They were coming at us, we were just trying to take a knee. That's football," said Gronkowski. "Just emotions going, emotions flowing. All good."
- Mike Fiammetta