If you have the stomach for it, I highly recommend the Inside the NFL wrapup of the Super Bowl, which debuted Tuesday night on Showtime and will also be shown on the NFL Network this week.
The show has the head coaches for each team mic’d up, as well as key players such as Russell Wilson and Tom Brady.
It’s good stuff.
But unfortunately it falls just short of solving the mystery about the last play and how it was called.
Carroll is shown yelling “they are going goal line, they are going goal line” a reference to the Patriots bringing in their goal line defense. Carroll said later that was why the Seahawks decided to pass, that they saw the Patriots bringing in the goal line defense. That seems to back up Carroll’s story. But that’s all that Carroll is shown saying before the play.
After the play, a clip is shown of Wilson approaching Carroll and asking “what happened?” and Carroll responds that “they undercut the route.” But there doesn’t seem to be any confusion about the play call or anything.
There’s one other interesting sequence that in retrospect makes you wonder if it might have influenced the final call.
After Seattle kicks a field goal to take a 17-14 lead early in the third quarter, Wilson is shown looking at plays on a Surface tablet and telling offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell “have confidence in me down there, now. There’s some stuff there.”
On that series, Seattle called three straight running plays after reaching the New England 17 — a Marshawn Lynch run for seven, a Robert Turbin run for two and then another Lynch run that went for no gain on third-and-one. Wilson obviously is telling Bevell to feel confident calling pass plays in the red zone.
On the next drive, Seattle threw it on second-and-goal at the three, the pass to Doug Baldwin that went for a touchdown, after Lynch had run for one yard on first down.
Who knows? Maybe all of that played a role in the final call.
At the beginning of the final drive, Wilson is heard in the huddle saying “this is what we are here for man, let’s go get it. Come on.”
After the first play, a 31-yard pass to Lynch, came the two-minute warning. Carroll is heard telling Wilson that the Seahawks are at midfield with two minutes left and three timeouts and that “we’ve never given you one this easy.”
At the end of the game, during what is the now-famous picture of Richard Sherman congratulating Brady, Brady can be heard telling Sherman “you’re a great player, man. A great player.” (Fixed from earlier).
Good stuff all the way around, even if you wish you could hear just a bit more.