For all the time Marshawn Lynch spent avoid the media this season, it's fitting his final quote (possibly as a member of the Seahawks) was short, sweet and to the point. When Lynch was asked if he disagreed with the play call on what ended up being the final Seattle play of the season Lynch said, "No. We play football, it's a team sport," according to ESPN and the Associated Press.
With less than two minutes remaining in the Super Bowl and trailing the New England Patriots 28-24, Russell Wilson completed what might have been the most miraculous pass of his career, the infamous "Fail Mary" play notwithstanding, when Jermaine Kearse hauled in a 33-yard grab that was deflected by rookie CB Malcolm Butler, fell towards the ground, ricocheted off Kearse's groin and was bobbled several times before he made the catch lying on his back. The play took the Seahawks down inside the Patriots' 10-yard line with just over a minute remaining in regulation. Seattle would advance as far as the 1-yard line with 25 seconds remaining in the game, and with three plays, two timeouts and the best goal line back in the NFL, the Seahawks seemed likely to attempt to punch the ball into the end zone. On second down, Wilson attempted to find Ricardo Lockette on a quick slant, only to have Butler jump in an intercept the pass.
NBC commentators Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth both expressed confusion over the play call and Bill Belichick seemed legitimately stumped for a moment when John Saunders asked the four-time Super Bowl winning coach if he expected that sort of play call. Wilson took the blame for a poor throw, while Seahawks head coach Pete Carrol and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell each claimed responsibility for the questionable play.
Lynch, notorious tight-lipped with the media, pointed no fingers in his postgame interview. Lynch may have played his last game as a member of the Seahawks, as Seattle's cap situation looks to get shaky moving forward, with Richard Sherman's cap number set to increase, potential new deals for Bobby Wagner and Byron Maxwell and Wilson set to cash in on what will be one of the largest contracts in NFL history. The soon-to-be 29-year old Lynch is set to earn nearly $6 million next season, but with a young backfield featuring the promising Robert Turbin and Christine Michael, the Seahawks may opt to part ways with Lynch.
The loss will haunt Seattle for quite some time, but the Seahawks will look to make a third consecutive trip to the big game, as they open as 5/4 favorites to win Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara according to the Westgate Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.