Last night’s Super Bowl has got to be one of the strangest games I think I’ve ever watched. The Seattle Seahawks had the game in the bag. They had the ball on the one-yard line with 26 seconds left on the clock. They had running back Marshawn Lynch in the backfield. All they had to do is give the ball to Beastmode and let him do his thing. He averaged 5.0 yards a carry in the post-season.
Instead of doing the logical and obvious thing, give the ball to Lynch, the one player born for this one moment in time, Pete Carroll called for a passing play. Not just any passing play, a stupid slant pass to the exact area the New England Patriots defenders had to think Lynch would be coming. Patriots safety Malcolm Butler jumped the route and instead of trying to stop Lynch from taking the ball into the end zone, all he had to do and intercept the ball.
Butler, an undrafted rookie out of West Alabama, made his first career interception. He had Pete Carroll to thank for it.
After the game, when asked to explain his reasoning for throwing the ball instead of giving it to Marshawn Lynch, this season’s leader in touchdowns, Pete Carroll had this to say:
It’s not the right matchup for us to run the football. so on second down we were throwing the ball really to kind of waste that play.
Mission accomplished. Not only did they waste that play, they wasted the game, and the entire season.
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