With the score 24-28 in the waning moments of Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks took to the field with 2:02 to drive down the field for a touchdown and the win. On the first play of the drive Russell Wilson connected with Marshawn Lynch for a gain o f 31 yards just before the two-minute warning.
Wilson then connected with Jermaine Kearse on a deep bomb that was tipped and then caught for a gain of 33-yards which evoked memories of David Tyree’s catch in Super Bowl XLII. Tom Brady sat on the bench helplessly with an expression on his face that read, “Here we go again.”
The Seahawks ran the ball with Lynch to get the ball into scoring position as it seemed as though the Patriots were on the ropes. With the ball at the two-yard line, two of the best running threats in the game and another timeout to spare, the Seahawks inexplicably threw the ball. The Seahawks ran the pick play they’ve had success with throughout the season. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, Malcolm Butler had done weeks worth of film study on the play and squatted and drove on the football to beat Ricardo Lockette to the spot to intercept the pass and secure the Patriots’ victory.
After the game Butler said,
“I just had a vision that I was going to make a big play. It came true and I’m just blessed. I just knew they were running a pick and I just came under and made a play.”
What happened in Super Bowl XLIX isn’t the first time the Seahawks have elected to throw the football in the red zone when they clearly should’ve been running in that area of the field. During the third quarter of a Thursday Night football game against the Arizona Cardinals, it appeared as though Lynch flipped off the coaching staff after the team elected to go with a pass play in the red zone.
This has happened far too often during Lynch’s tenure in Seattle. Marshawn Lynch is arguably the best running back in the game. For him to not be given the ball at the most critical moment in Super Bowl XLIX was disrespectful to say the least. The game-winning touchdown had Lynch’s name all over it, and the Seattle Seahawks’ coaching staff took that opportunity away from him by calling one of the worst plays in Super Bowl History.