The Seattle Seahawks will spend the entire offseason wondering if Super Bowl XLIX would’ve ended differently had they run the ball on their final drive.
The Seahawks had the ball on the 1-yard line and arguably the NFL’s best running back in Marshawn Lynch standing in the backfield Sunday night, but they threw the ball — to the surprise of millions watching on TV worldwide — and Malcolm Butler intercepted it. That sealed the New England Patriots’ 28-24 win for their fourth Super Bowl championship.
The Twittersphere was full of “hot takes” on the subject of Seattle’s bold play-call.
First, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll gave his explanation for the call.
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Lynch refused to blame any one person.
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Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin was surprised at the call.
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Other Seahawks weren’t happy with it.
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Seahawks defensive back Tharold Simon didn’t agree with it.
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Former Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice gave an honest opinion.
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Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis was surprised at the call.
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A few Pro Football Hall of Famers were astonished at the decision to run the ball.
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Here’s a look at the play as Wilson was about to throw the ball. In fairness, there was an open window at the start of the route.
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The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin provides an incredible stat.
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Some people chose to make fun of the play-call.
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