Seattle had the ball on the one yard line with Marshawn Lynch, arguably the best running back in the game. Lynch had just run for four yards from the five yard line to put the Seattle Seahawks in position to win the Super Bowl.
All the momentum was with the Seahawks. Just moments earlier, Seahawks receiver Jermaine Kearse made an incredible reception, a lucky reception. So what did the Seattle Seahawks do? They Green Bay’d the game away. Huh?
Yes that’s what I said. Just like the Green Bay Packers did a couple of weeks earlier in the NFC championship game, the Seahawks did the unthinkable and inexcusable. They blew it. They passed the ball and not just any pass but a pass down the middle.
What happened next was a thing of beauty. Malcolm Butler became a hero for his team when he stepped in front of the Seahawks receiver and intercepted the ball. This was a rookie and a no name guy who won the game for the Patriots.
Let’s take a step or two back. Time was running off the clock. Pete Carroll was letting the clock run. He didn’t want to give the ball back to Tom Brady and company. So he threw a pass? That’s Ridiculous. On the other sideline stood Bill Bilichick. Fans and the broadcasters were wondering why Bill Belichick didn’t call a timeout so that he could save some time for Brady.
Belichick looked like a genius and a man who was going to live or die with his defense at the end of the game. It looks like Pete Carroll thought he was smarter than Bill. He thought he would trick play his way to a championship. He thought he would outsmart Bill. In the end, Pete has egg on his face. He looks like an idiot.
Pete Carroll is a good coach that allowed Bill Bilichick to get into his head. Instead of making the right call at the end of the game, he took a chance and the rest is history.
Did New England deserve to win the game? Of course they did. I think they outplayed the Seahawks for three quarters of the game (1st, 2nd and 4th). I think that the Kearse reception was incredibly lucky. With that said. When you are handed a golden opportunity to win the Super Bowl, you take that opportunity and play the percentages.
Even if you feel the need to pass the ball, wouldn't you call a play action pass or something else, so that your star quarterback Russell Wilson could have multiple options if the defense didn't give you too much? That passing play was a low percentage play. It was too risky and left too much to chance
If Pete Carroll was really trying to run the clock down as he said in post-game interviews (NBC), shouldn't he have run the ball? What if the ill-fated pass was not intercepted but went incomplete? Wouldn't that have left time on the clock?
When I saw that Wilson was passing the ball, I thought to myself; what a dump platy call. Then in a split second the game was over. I couldn't believe it. I just couldn't believe that the Seahawks would be that stupid.
It almost reeks of being too pompous. It’s like Pete Carroll was trying to be too smart and clever. He wanted to showcase how smart he was to the world. Instead he looks like a rookie head coach.
Note to Pete: Had you played it cool and smart, you would have had two Super Bowl championships and you would be looking like a genius. Instead you look dumb.
As I said earlier, the Patriots deserved to win the game and they were the better team on Sunday night. The best team doesn't always win the game. That was witnessed two weeks ago when Green Bay choked away the game.
On Sunday night, the Seattle Seahawks Green Bay’d away the game and they will have to live with this for the rest of their lives!