A Super Mistake


Chris Colella, Senior Sports Writer

I was second and goal from the one-yard line with about a minute to go in the fourth quarter. The Seattle Seahawks, losing 24-28, were a single yard away from potentially being Super Bowl Champions. As Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson took the snap out of the shotgun, he threw it quickly over the middle to his teammate Ricardo Lockette at the goal line. However, at the last possible second, Patriots’ rookie defensive back Malcolm Butler jumped the route and intercepted Wilson’s pass down near the goal line with twenty seconds to go. The New England sideline went from doubtful and desperate, to joyful and energetic, surely in position to win the Super Bowl. Seattle, on the other hand, went from confident and excited, to feeling completely empty and defeated.

Now prior to this event, all was set up by a miraculous thirty-five yard catch by Seahawk wide receiver Jermaine Kearse. A great catch, with a bit of a juggling act by Kearse, is what set up Seattle down inside the five yard-line for the opportunity to take the lead.

It was a back a fourth game throughout, as the largest television broadcast audience in the nation’s history watched Seattle and New England duke it out in the world’s biggest sporting spectacle. New England quarterback Tom Brady struggled at different points throughout the game, throwing two interceptions and just one touchdown pass. Nevertheless, the former Super Bowl MVP bounced back and delivered, leading the Patriots down the field in consecutive drives to help give his team the lead. All he had to do was hope that his defense could come up with a big stop against Seattle’s high-powered offense in the final seconds, and they did just that. Tom Brady would later be named Super Bowl XLIX MVP, and the Patriots would go on to win the franchise’s sixth Super Bowl.

Lastly, the Seahawks took a lot of heat at the end of, and the days following, the big game. The question everyone was asking was: “Why would you throw the ball in that situation?” Head Coach Pete Carrol believed that if the pass had been incomplete, they would’ve run the next two plays. But unfortunately, he did not take into account the worst possible situation that could take place: a thrown interception. Personally, I believe it would’ve benefitted Seattle much more if they ran the ball from one-yard out. You have one of the biggest, strongest, most determined running backs in the game in your backfield: Marshawn Lynch. He is bound to get into the end zone on at least one of those three downs they had left. Of course, we may never know since Seattle opted to avoid the running game in that position, but I do know this: it was one of the biggest mistakes of Pete Carrol’s coaching career to opt to pass on second and goal from the one yard line in Super Bowl XLIX.super bowl