The Seattle Seahawks lost a brutal game to the New England Patriots last night. In any circumstances it was a tough loss to swallow, but losing in the Super Bowl makes it a heartbreaking defeat in a game that will be talked about for years to come.
As much as fans and observers want to make it about one play, the Seahawks didn’t just lose because of the interception thrown by Russell Wilson at the goal line. Just like the Detroit Lions didn’t lose to the Dallas Cowboys because of the penalty that was called back, and the Cowboys didn’t lose to the Green Bay Packers because of the catch/non-catch by Dez Bryant.
These plays are all focal points of the games, but there are too many other factors that contribute to losing.
For Seattle, one of the biggest things that contributed to the loss in the Super Bowl was something that had been one of their strengths during their successful run over the past few seasons, their defense. With a 10 point lead in the fourth quarter, the Seahawks’ defense folded to Tom Brady and the Patriots offense.
With the game on the line, Seattle’s vaunted defense gave up back-to-back touchdown drives. On those two drives, the Seahawks allowed Brady to go 13-15, throw for 123 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning drive where the Pats didn’t even face a third down.
For a defense that is talked about in legendary status, they blew the opportunity to get the job done and deliver back-to-back Super Bowls.
It isn’t all on Seattle’s defense, however, another strength of the Seahawks also failed to come through. The running game is something the Seahawks pride themselves on, especially late in games, but they couldn’t close the Super Bowl out. Before giving up the lead to New England, the Seahawks failed to get a first down on consecutive drives, going three and out on both.
Marshawn Lynch ran for 102 yards on the game but managed only 12 yards in the fourth quarter. That is the time of game where Lynch usually excels and the Seahawks put teams away. And in the final seconds of the Super Bowl, Pete Carroll and Darrell Bevell decided to throw the ball at the one-yard line instead of running it with Lynch.
Debate how the game ended and the controversial play call all you want but Seattle failed to execute on what they do best with the game on the line. The defense and the running game let the Seahawks down in the fourth quarter of the most important game of the year.
That’s why Seattle isn’t celebrating a second consecutive Super Bowl title.
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