Richard Sherman, viewing the Nationwide commercial on the Jumbotron.
Well, not quite. This play call is going to be talked about for years. First off, great Super Bowl, a 28-24 New England victory. New England had more character than I thought they did. A lot of great stuff from this game, including a Seattle comeback, a New England comeback, a historic catch puts Seattle in position to win the game with little opposition from New England, until the interception on an inexplicable play call.
One of the reasons Bittersportspills exists is due to the inexplicable maneuvers of coordinators. Seattle’s coordinator, Darrell Bevell lost his mind and in the words of Pete Carroll, “tried to change things up”:
“For it to come down to a play like that, I hate that we have to live with that, because we did everything right to win the football game at the end. But they did a great job, they gave themselves a shot and then they pulled it off, and they’re world champs, and we are not.”
Bittersportspills always, always asks why change what’s working? New England wasn’t going to stop Marshawn Lynch on back to back plays! Marshawn Lynch isn’t going to turn it over.
I thought New England was dead when they went down 24-14. I thought it was going to snowball with a stop by the Seahawks. I couldn’t even imagine New England coming back to win this game, and certainly not with Seattle at the one with less than a minute left and multiple chances to score.
Give New England their due; Tom Brady might rate as the greatest quarterback in the history of the game. He’s certainly in the talk of top three. Seattle gets some reality. Russell Wilson went from possible Hall-of-Famer to “needs improvement.” They abandoned their running game to throw and it killed their chances to win back-to-back Super Bowls. I’m wondering how their players recover from this.
The genius coordinator. I thought Josh McDaniels was folding in the third quarter, and now Darrell Bevell collapses at the end.
DO. WHAT. WORKS.