Twenty seconds left, it’s 2nd and goal from the one and you’re four behind. It is the stuff that dreams are made of. In the backfield you have the best running back in the league, a man who the opposing team hasn’t been able to get down all game. There’s only one thing for it, give the man the ball and let him win you the Super Bowl…Then you wake up in a cold sweat realising you decided it was a good idea to throw the ball and hence lost the game, this is the recurring nightmare that the Seahawks offensive co-ordinator will be having for years to come.
I said in my preview/betting tips that the game was the Seahawks to lose and oh god did they lose it. I think it is harsh on the Patriots but the Seahawks lost the Super Bowl rather than the Patriots won it. The Seahawks had a 10 point lead at one point and they threw it away with needless penalties and celebrating on the touchline. They got away from what they do best, run the ball and run it hard.
The Legion of Boom disappeared as Brady threw the ball all over them in the final quarter. Maybe Richard Sherman and Co should’ve been focusing on tactics and plays rather than signalling to the camera that they were up 24-14. The Seahawks collapse was reminiscent of the Packers collapse only a fortnight prior, life is full of many ironies.
Not to bang on about it but how the fuck can’t you give the ball to Lynch on the 1 yard line? Maybe he doesn’t get in, maybe he loses 5 yards but you have to give the ball to your best offensive player and give him the chance. In my opinion if Lynch takes it in the Seahawks win and Lynch is the MVP and hero and this is the real reason why he didn’t get the ball in his hands. How could you release your best offensive player who has just won you the Super Bowl, a man who the fans love? The answer is you can’t without looking incredibly stupid and it is due to this that I think the Seahawks systematically chose to allow Russell Wilson win the game for them so that he would be the hero who won the team the game. The problem naturally is that Wilson is not an elite player and his throw when it really mattered showed exactly this. Don’t get me wrong Wilson is a quarterback many teams will wish they had but to make that throw he has to give his man the best chance to catch it and he threw it in there with at best a 50/50 chance of him catching it and he cost his team the game.
Conspiracy theories apart it was a good game, even if the Patriots won which I’m sure pretty much everyone but the Patriots fans didn’t want to happen (they aren’t very popular, granted neither are the Seahawks). I was surprised at how many touchdowns there were and thought we would have seen more field goals than touchdowns, kind of put my bets way out. Oddly enough the first Super Bowl I’ve ever bet on where I didn’t make profit on my bets, that’s 1/7 if you’re wondering.
I am finding it hard to evaluate this Super Bowl because although I’d like to sit here and tell you what the Patriots did well (and they did do things well) I can’t help but turn back to criticisms of the Seahawks. What I do think the Pats did well was taking advantage of what the Seahawks offered them; I’m talking about taking advantage of Gronk mismatches, keeping the game close when they were being outplayed around the 3rd quarter and smartly taking what the Hawks gave them later on in the game and not feeling the need to force the ball. Brady for me was the MVP for how he led the team back with almost no running game, but I did think that Edelman was excellent and Vereen made a huge impact in the passing game when he replaced Blount in the line-up.
Back to criticising the Seahawks now, after making one of the stupidest calls I’ve ever seen you have the Patriots on their own 1 yard line unable to take a knee, you know what they will likely do (QB sneak) and you know you have to get low and stop it, however instead of doing that you jump offside and pick up a five yard penalty which ends the game totally. Who knows maybe you get the safety and give yourself a chance of a field goal or maybe Brady sneaks and it all comes to nothing, but you have to give yourself the chance, to do anything else is almost as criminal as throwing it on the 1 yard line. The brawl at the end of the game was also embarrassing; the Seahawks clearly have an ego problem and need to be more humble in victory and defeat.
The funny thing about the throw on the 1 yard line is that it isn’t so much that the play call is horrible because if the Patriots had been in that position you would expect them to put the ball in the hands of their best player (Brady) to try and win the game, but that’s the key word put the ball in the hands of your best player, the Seahawks chose to do otherwise and paid the heavy heavy price.
What shouldn’t be ignored is that the Seahawks made a wonder call by going for the touchdown with six seconds to go in the first half. Personally I thought this was a horrible decision but it worked out in the end and they ended up looking like genius’, something which didn’t really last long. The irony about this is that if the Patriots had lost the game I think people would have looked at this play as the reason which they lost because the Pats knew that the Seahawks could only do one thing, yet decided it would be a good idea to play an incredibly soft coverage almost allowing the Hawks to score. Funny how things could so easily be different instead of sitting here talking about a horrible Patriots call in the final seconds we are instead talking about a horrible Seahawks call in the final seconds.
I think that will wrap it up for this review. The Patriots won Super Bowl XLIX but as much as that the Seahawks lost it, however it takes two to tango and the Patriots had to put themselves in a position to take advantage and they did exactly that, giving Belichick and Brady their 4th Super Bowl together.
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