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February 1, 2015 at 7:18 PM

Patriots 28, Seahawks 24: Super Bowl XLIX first impressions

Jerry Brewer: It was a fantastic game with the worst possible ending for the Seahawks. They lost it because of three straight awful offensive possessions after taking a 24-14 lead. And then in the closing seconds, with a chance to win the game, the worst play call in Seattle sports history occurs: the decision to throw a slant to Ricardo Lockette, which Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted in the end zone. The Seahawks were at the 1-yard line. They had a timeout. About a half minute remained in the game. It’s puzzling and inexcusable that offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell didn’t call a handoff to Marshawn Lynch.

Larry Stone: This is a loss that will haunt the Seahawks for the ages. They had this game won, only to completely self-destruct in the final 30 seconds with an inexplicable pass call at the 1, and then some silly fisticuffs at the very end. What would have been a history-making victory instead turned into a stunning defeat.

Bob Condotta: Seattle played with fire throughout the season and it’ll be easy to think that one miracle win was maybe too much to accept this season. That call will be forever debated in Seattle sports, as much as anything Green Bay did two weeks ago.

Jayson Jenks: Stunning. No other way to put it. With their second straight Super Bowl within their grasp, with the chance to definitively etch their dynasty, the Seahawks came up short. With the ball at the 1-yard line, Russell Wilson threw an interception with 20 seconds left and all of that fell apart. It was shocking, and it’s hard not to imagine that it will be one of the most talked about plays, if not the most talked about plays, in Seattle sports history.

Matt Pentz: So much can happen in such a small amount of time. Super Bowl XLIX hadn’t been lacking for drama even before Tom Brady and the New England offense got the ball back with 6:52 to go. In less than seven minutes, we got The Drive, The Catch and The Call. In less than seven minutes, we got the craziest finish in Super Bowl history.

Ryan Divish: The Seahawks did so many things to win that game. They will be back in the Super Bowl again. The foundation is just too strong. And while the decision for Russell Wilson to pass the ball in the game’s final moments will be debated over and over by Seahawks fans, a hat tip to Tom Brady. The guy was efficient, methodical and ruthless in leading the Patriots in that comeback. It cemented his legacy as one of the game’s greatest quarterbacks.

Geoff  Baker: The Patriots did what they’ve done all season, which is pick teams apart with the short- to mid-range passing game. Once Cliff Avril went down, Seattle’s pass rush really slowed and allowed Tom Brady to step up in the pocket and do his thing.​ The Hawks’ downfield passing game was stronger than I thought it would be, but it took until midway through the second quarter to complete a pass.  A stronger start, and it might not have come down to the final few plays.

 

 

 

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