The Patriots’ Super Bowl Win Will Haunt The Seahawks Forever
The Patriots will remember the way the confetti fell for their 28-24 Super Bowl win, but Pete Carroll and the Seahawks will have nightmares over one play call.
One yard. Only one yard separated the Seahawks from a Super Bowl Championship, but they decided to pass it instead of running the ball with Marshawn Lynch. Instead of celebrating with teal and blue balloons, Malcolm Butler picked off Russell Wilson's pass to change the script for Super Bowl XLIX forever.
From Richard Sherman, to Russell Wilson, to the commentators in the NBC booth and the outpouring of confusion on the internet, nobody understood the play call. Players are on the field to make plays though, and that's exactly what Butler did for New England to ice the game.
"It all comes from preparation, and I just knew they were doing a pick and coming right up under," Malcolm said postgame. "I just made a guess and made a play…it’s crazy.”
For Butler, his name will be a part of Patriots' folklore forever. He's the player that got the interception in the endzone to seal Tom Brady's fourth career Super Bowl victory. For Pete Carroll, he might wake up with cold sweats in the middle of the night thinking about why he didn't hand it to Marshawn Lynch.
Russell Wilson made a read, and Butler just jumped the route and simply made a play. Carroll might regret ever putting him in that position though.
“For it to come down to a play like that, I hate that we have to live with that," Carroll said after the stinging loss.
It might take a couple years, or more, for the players and coaches and fans of the Seahawks to get over this loss. It only took the Patriots a couple of kneel downs before they got the warm fuzzy feeling of being Super Bowl Champs.
Tom Brady did his part in the second half to put up 328 yards passing and 4 TD's, earning him Super Bowl MVP honors despite two interceptions. Russell Wilson threw for 247 yards and two TD's, but his one interception was the world's most bitter pill to swallow for the young QB.
If the Seahawks would have punched it in for the TD, Jermaine Kearse's circus-bobbling catch on a deep throw on the final drive would have lived in the annals of football history as "The Catch Part Two" or other witty names. Instead, Monday morning radio hosts around the country will be speaking about whether or not the Patriots have a dynasty and where Tom Brady ranks in the all time QB list. They don't call it a "game of inches" just for giggles.
A game that was a snoozer for the majority of the first half blossomed in the second and peaked at the very end, but most of the talk will surround that single play. The pass that probably never should have been.
ESPN's Trent Dilfer might be payed for "hot takes," but he knows his X's and O's.
"That's a high school or college play you see every weekend...high risk and very common," Dilfer said on ESPN's postgame coverage.
Much credit was given to the Patriots and their team for getting the job done. Even Marshawn Lynch, aka #BeastMode, towed the company line and refused to call out the questionable play call. Both teams can say whatever they want to the press after the game and in the offseason, but there is one very simple fact:
The Patriots will have trouble sleeping tonight because they're partying with Gronk and taking champagne showers, while the Seahawks will be playing the ending over in their heads all night long.