Seahawks pay heavy price for Carroll's call

Mon Feb 2, 2015 1:33am EST
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By Simon Evans

GLENDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - The Seattle Seahawks had the ball on the one-yard line, needing a touchdown to win the Super Bowl with Marshawn Lynch, one of the league's best running backs, in the backfield.

Yet, instead of asking Lynch to try and make that yard, Seattle ran a passing play, with Russell Wilson trying to find receiver Ricardo Lockette.

Patriots corner Malcolm Butler read the situation perfectly, timed his move and made the interception to assure a fourth Super Bowl title for the Patriots.

The decision to pass rather than give the ball to Lynch was instantly criticized by former players and analysts.

"That was the worst play call I've seen in the history of football," tweeted Hall of Fame running back and three-time Super Bowl winner Emmitt Smith.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was not surprisingly the man given the blame.

"That play call will haunt Pete for the rest of his career," tweeted former Cowboys receiver Terrell Owens. "Give the ball to Beastmode (Lynch) in that situation."

Carroll said his thinking was that the Patriots had their run defense in place and with his wide receivers on the field, they were not well matched-up for a run play.   Continued...

Feb 1, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler (21) intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) in the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium.  Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports