Seahawks’ Fateful Super Bowl Play-Call Sparks Intense Twitter Reaction

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. [tweet align=”center”] [tweet align=”center”]

Lynch refused to blame any one person. [tweet align=”center”]

Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin was surprised at the call. [tweet align=”center”]

Other Seahawks weren’t happy with it. [tweet align=”center”]

Seahawks defensive back Tharold Simon didn’t agree with it.

[tweet align=”center”]

Former Seahawks receiver Sidney Rice gave an honest opinion. [tweet align=”center”]

Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis was surprised at the call. [tweet align=”center”]

A few Pro Football Hall of Famers were astonished at the decision to run the ball. [tweet align=”center”] [tweet align=”center”]

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. [tweet align=”center”]

The Boston Globe’s Ben Volin provides an incredible stat. [tweet align=”center”]

Some people chose to make fun of the play-call. [tweet align=”center”]

Thumbnail photo via Richard Mackson/USA TODAY Sports Images

TMZ logo

© 2019 NESN

NESN Shows

Partner of USATODAY Sports Digital Properties