By Steve Keating
GLENDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - Tom Brady tossed two second-quarter touchdowns and the Seattle Seahawks answered each time to leave the Super Bowl deadlocked 14-14 at halftime on Sunday.
After having a first quarter scoring drive snuffed out when Brady was intercepted by Jeremy Lane on the goal line, the Patriots came right back on their next possession, marching 65 yard for the game's first score.
Brady, bidding to become just the third quarterback to claim four Super Bowl rings, shook off the first-quarter miscue with a clinical nine-play drive capped with an 11-yard strike to Brandon LaFell.
It was a good omen for the Patriots with close to 70 percent of all Super Bowls won by the team that scores first.
New England dominated large chunks of the opening half, moving the ball at will against Seattle's vaunted top-ranked defense while Russell Wilson could not get the Seahawks' attack in gear.
With a little over five minutes to play in the half, Wilson finally recorded his first completion, going six yards to Jermaine Kearse.
Wilson had only four completions in the half but the next one was a big one, Chris Matthews hauling in a spectacular twisting 44-yard grab for his first career catch to set up at three-yard Marshawn Lynch touchdown run.
The Patriots hit back with Brady engineering a clinical eight-play, 80-yard capped by a pinpoint 22-yard touchdown pass to favorite target Rob Gronkowski with 31 seconds left in the half.
It was Brady's 11th Super Bowl touchdown pass, tying him with Joe Montana for the NFL record.
Brady's 20 completions in the opening half were also a Super Bowl record.
The defending champion Seahawks signaled they will not be surrendering their crown without a fight, Wilson taking Seattle 80 yards in five plays, finding Matthews in the end zone for his first career touchdown with just two seconds left on the clock to send the teams into the intermission all tied up.
(Editing by Frank Pingue/Gene Cherry)