CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Boston has postponed its victory parade for the Super Bowl-winning New England Patriots because of heavy snowfall.

Mayor Marty Walsh said late Monday that the city will delay the celebration until Wednesday morning. The city had announced earlier that the downtown parade would take place today.

Walsh said in a statement that the city and team have agreed to hold off because of Monday’s snowstorm. It dumped more than a foot of fresh snow on the Boston area made commutes treacherous.

Boston has already canceled school today. It was the fifth snow day in the past week as the city has seen a record 34 inches of snow in seven days.

The Patriots returned to Massachusetts on Monday following their 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in Arizona.


PHOENIX (AP) — Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman played the Super Bowl with torn ligaments in his left elbow and will likely need Tommy John surgery in the offseason.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday before the team left Arizona that it was his understanding that Sherman would need the surgery after the All-Pro cornerback was injured in the NFC championship game against Green Bay.

Sherman played in the Super Bowl without a brace on the elbow and did not appear to be impeded by the injury.

Sherman is not the only Seattle star who could be facing offseason surgery. All- Pro safety Earl Thomas may need to have the labrum in his left shoulder repaired and strong safety Kam Chancellor may need knee surgery.

Carroll decision

PHOENIX (AP) — Less than 16 hours later, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was still stunned by the outcome while defending the decision to call a pass from the 1-yard line in the Super Bowl’s closing seconds, a choice that will long be debated.

So close to another celebration. So close to becoming the next NFL dynasty.

“The shock of disappointment that this game gets away from us and goes another way right at the finish line,” a somber Carroll said Monday, before Seattle returned to the Pacific Northwest after the 28-24 loss to New England. “It’s something that we have to deal with that in the long run of it will make us stronger, and we’ll be able to put it in some kind of perspective. It’s pretty hard right now.”

Carroll stood by the decision for Russell Wilson to throw from the New England

1 with 26 seconds left, a pass that was intended for Ricardo Lockette and intercepted by Malcolm Butler.

Carroll also defended offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who was widely criticized for calling a pass with Marshawn Lynch in the Seattle backfield.

“We’re so lucky to have him. He’s been absolutely instrumental in everything that we have done,” Carroll said. “There is no reservation in that thought, and don’t make it out like there is, because he is an awesome guy on our staff, and he is crucially important to our future as well.”

Carroll said the clock and the Seahawks’ timeout situation dictated they would have to throw once and possibly twice from the 1. He gave credit to Butler for making the interception and fellow cornerback Brandon Browner for jamming up wide receiver Jermaine Kearse on the play, creating open space for Butler to break on the ball.

Seattle decided to throw after seeing New England bring in its goal-line defenders, Carroll said. The Seahawks were also attempting to melt as much time from the clock with Tom Brady standing on the other sideline.

TV ratings

NEW YORK (AP) — New England’s thrilling win over Seattle scored the highestever overnight television ratings for a Super Bowl and also set conversation milestones for Twitter and Facebook.

The Nielsen company said Monday the game had a 49.7 rating in the nation’s largest media markets, up 4 percent over last year’s game. That means nearly half of the homes in those 56 metropolitan areas were watching the game.

It’s an early indication that the game may be on the way to another viewership record. Last year’s contest between Seattle and Denver was seen by 111.5 million people, the annual game setting a record for the mostwatched TV event in U.S. history for the fourth time in five years. Facebook said an estimated 65 million people conversed about the game.