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Bruce Irvin ejected with seconds to play in Super Bowl

Super Bowl Football

Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) celebrates after sacking New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)


The Super Bowl has seen its first ever ejection.

With 18 seconds left to play in the Super Bowl and the Patriots running out the clock on one of the unlikeliest and strangest Super Bowls in memory, post-play pushing and shoving boiled over into a brief fight between the two teams. Several players were involved by the time it ended, but the officials identified Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin as the instigator and ejected him from the game.

It’s the first time that a player has been disqualified from a Super Bowl and a bad look at the end of a thrilling game between the two teams.

Irvin will become the answer to a trivia question, but he’ll be a footnote to Julian Edelman’s touchdown and Malcolm Butler’s interception when all is said and done. That’s as it should be because the scrap at the end was merely one ugly moment in a night filled with far more memorable ones on the way to a Patriots title.