With less than 30 seconds on the clock in Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks had the ball on the 1-yard line and a chance to take the lead in the biggest game of the year. Instead of calling a running play with Marshawn Lynch, one of the best running backs in the NFL, the Seahawks called a pass play that ended up being intercepted by the Patriots’ Malcolm Butler, essentially ending the game and solidifying the win for New England.
Fast forward more than six months and that final play, which was controversial at the time, is in the news again thanks to an interview of Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell by TheMMQB.com’s Peter King. When asked about the play, Bevell said he “wouldn’t change it. I think it was the right thing to do.” He went on to indicate that he has put the play behind him and he is okay with how it went down, despite the fact that he admits a play like that is “never going to leave you.”
When asked why he called the play he did, Bevell said matchups had something to do with it. And when given the opportunity, he praised the play made by Butler — calling it “a great play” — rather than blaming the Seahawks’ players for allowing the interception to occur and ending the team’s hopes of winning a second straight Super Bowl title.