Super Bowl 49 Recap

I know the pain all too well the Seattle Seahawks are experiencing, I was on the St. Louis Rams team that lost to….(wait for it)…… the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 36 on a last second field goal. That loss has never escaped my memory; I still haven’t been able to bring myself to watch that game.

That victory was the start of the dynasty the Patriots have created over the last 14 seasons. That was Tom Brady’s 1st Super Bowl appearance and win. Little did we know at that time the living legends that he and Bill Belichick would become.

Super Bowl 49 was a tremendous game with the unlikeliest finish of all-time. I must say I picked the Patriots to win the Super Bowl at the beginning of the season.  I also picked them to be playing against the New Orleans Saints in the game. That goes to show how much I know, based on the Saints not even making the playoffs this year.

The Seattle Seahawks will be haunted by the mind-boggling play call at the end of the game for the rest of their lives. Darrell Bevell, the offensive coordinator of the Seahawks, who I consider to be an excellent play-caller, decided to throw the football on the 1 yard line rather than give the ball to his all-pro running back whose nickname happens to be “Beastmode.” This was a classic case of a coach out-thinking the situation.

Seattle had the ball 1st and goal from the 5 yard line.  Marshawn Lynch nearly scored on a run that was blocked perfectly, save for a diving tackle by Donte’ Hightower on the 1 yard line to keep Lynch out of the end zone. Instead of lining up and running the ball again, which Seattle initially had in mind even after changing personnel and taking out their fullback and putting in a 3rd wide receiver (which was also the same personnel group when Lynch ran for a 3 yard touchdown in the 2nd quarter) Bevell opts to call a pass play after seeing New England put their goal line defensive front in the game which includes 6 linemen instead of the 4 that Bevell and Seattle were expecting. That’s a great example of Belichick’s teams making adjustments during the game, as the saying goes “fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me”. The Patriots were going to give themselves the best chance of defending that last yard keeping them from hoisting that Super Bowl trophy.

Pete Carroll’s explanation of the decision to throw the football as a waste down is even more baffling. Why not “waste” the down running the ball regardless of the defensive front the Patriots were in? Heck, “Beastmode” quite possibly would have still scored with the way he was running that night. Granted, Malcolm Butler made a phenomenal play, however I still can’t believe that you go down without taking your best chance with your best player, which for the Seahawks all season long had been Marshawn Lynch.

For the Seahawks, life will go on, they might win another Super Bowl or two, however, take it from me, that loss is something they will never forget.

London Fletcher

London Fletcher

London Fletcher is a former American football linebacker who played in the National Football League (NFL). Undrafted in 1998, he was signed by the St. Louis Rams as a rookie free agent and became a Super Bowl champion with the team. He was also a member of the Buffalo Bills, where he played for five seasons, and the Washington Redskins, where he played for seven seasons. Fletcher was well known for never missing a game in his career, being one of only four players in NFL history to play in over 250 consecutive games. Fletcher also holds the record for consecutive starts at the linebacker position. He eventually finished his career with 215 consecutive games started, which ties him for 6th all time along with Alan Page and Ronde Barber. London has agreed to be a writer and representative for the FantasyDraft brand and serves as an ambassador to the site. He has no more access to the site than the typical user.

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