2nd and goal. 1 time out. Game on the line. Marshawn Lynch in the backfield. Wilson lines up in shotgun, calls hike. Clock ticks down, a second goes by. Suddenly, everything goes haywire. A poorly timed and executed throw leads to a New England interception on the goal line. Mr. Magic Wilson, who people have claimed to be a reincarnation of Joe Montana and Frank Tarkenton, cost the Seahawks the game. Was it a bad call? Sure. Was it an absolutely horrible call that no competent offensive coordinator or coach should have made? Sure. But when it all came down to it, it wasn’t the OC or the coach that threw a pick into a stacked box. This one is on Wilson. Matthews and Kearse saved the game for them, with the latter catching a massive completion for what could have been Helmet Catch 2.0. Lynch had been dominating the Pats D-Line all night and had just punched through for a near score on the play before. They had all the momentum in the world and 3 downs to capitalize on it. But it was all for naught on one throw.
Nonetheless, it was an incredibly exciting Superbowl. Seattle’s defense struck first, picking off Brady on the goal line. It was the first of two Brady picks that night, the second targeting Gronkowski for a mid-range pass. Both teams had plenty of opportunities, but this was a game defined by defense. Revis and Sherman both allowed only a single catch, with the former’s being a touchdown but only after Doug Baldwin’s excellent use of the on-field ref to collide with Revis and get open. Blount did not play as well against a team not from Indianapolis, but he and Vereen were still able to accomplish something on the ground. On the other side, Marshawn Lynch had a close to unstoppable game thus far. Rushing for over 4 yards a carry against a defense devoted to stopping the run, Lynch would have been a strong candidate for MVP had he gotten the game winning touchdown.
One last thing that’s of particular note: immediately after the game, Lynch was asked be a reporter whether or not he was surprised about the choice to pass rather than run on 2nd down. Lynch’s reply, after saying he wasn’t confounded, was “This is a team game”, and nothing more.