Outcome of Super Bowl XLIX Hinged on One Call

October 13, 2015

It turned out to be a game for the ages; the outcome of this tense Super Bowl hinged on one call, in the dying moments of the game. As it turned out, the Seahawks could only watch in despair as Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson’s pass in the end zone with twenty six seconds remaining, to give the Patriots a 28-24 victory.

The win ensured that the Patriots won their fourth Super Bowl crown and denied the Seahawks a remarkable repeat bid. All of this came down to a call which will undoubtedly be debated in the Pacific Northwest for years to come.

With the Seahawks driving forward to the Patriots’ one yard line, Russell Wilson decided to throw a pass rather than giving it to Marshawn Lynch, one of the best runners in the game, and the guy who had already scored a touchdown. Seahawks’ Head Coach Pete Carroll accepted responsibility for the call, but fingers were being pointed at Darrell Bevell, their offensive coordinator.

By the end of the third quarter, the Seahawks were leading the Patriots by ten points, and considering their rock solid defense, it seemed they would hold out for a win. But Tom Brady has made a career out of comeback wins, and he rallied his troops for consecutive touchdown drives. In winning this game, the Patriots became the first Super Bowl champions to overcome a ten point deficit in the fourth quarter. Considering the quality of their opposition, this Brady comeback has to be his greatest ever achievement, one worthy of earning him a well deserved Super Bowl MVP award.

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