GLENDALE, Ariz. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Because they didn’t go into Beast Mode, the Seattle Seahawks found themselves in Spin Mode.
They were left to explain why they turned Marshawn Lynch — the running back known as “The Beast” — into a decoy with the game on the line and chose instead to pass the ball on second-and-goal from the 1.
Malcolm Butler intercepted that pass with 20 seconds left to preserve New England’s 28-24 Super Bowl victory.
Within moments, the second-guessing had begun on what will surely be one of the most debated calls in NFL history. Head coach Pete Carroll pointed the finger at himself while several of his players openly criticized the decision to pass.