In the aftermath of the Seahawks’ 28-24 loss to the Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX, the biggest topic of conversation was the team’s play call on their final offensive snap of the night.
Russell Wilson threw an interception on the 1-yard-line, leading to a flood of questions for coach Pete Carroll and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell about who decided to throw the ball rather than hand it to Marshawn Lynch. Both men took responsibility for it, but Wilson wasn’t willing to put blame for what happened at the feet of the coaches.
Wilson credited Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler for making a good play and said the he didn’t question the play call while also pointing the finger at himself for the way things played out.
“I put the blame on me — I’m the one who threw it,” Wilson said. “It’s something you learn from, it’s something you grow from. I’m proud of our guys about the way that we got down the field there in that situation. We had so many great plays, and we’re right there. We’ll just keep learning and keep growing.”
There were a lot of things over the course of the night that could have led to a better result for the Seahawks if they broke a different way, but none of them are going to be obsessed about as much as the call that led to Butler’s interception. However the blame gets divvied up, it will remain a play the team will want to have back for as long as the Seahawks are playing football.