Marshawn Lynch got it to the Patriots 1 – but the call to throw the ball on the goal line cost the Seahawks the Super Bowl.
Malcolm Butler's interception of a Russell Wilson pass with 20 seconds left Sunday sealed New England's fourth Super Bowl title — a heart-stopping 28-24 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
The interception came two plays after Butler found himself in coverage — good coverage — against Seattle's Jermaine Kearse, but Kearse somehow gathered in a 33-yard pass while on his back to give the Seahawks the ball on the New England 5.
The Seahawks called the pass play on second down and Butler, a rookie out of West Alabama, cut off receiver Ricardo Lockette and made the interception.
“That’s my fault, totally,” Carroll said immediately after the game. "For it to come down to a play like that, I hate that we have to live with that.”
He later elaborated on the play call.
“We’re going to leave them no time, and we had our plays to do it,” Carroll said, according to a seattlepi.com report. “We sent in our personnel, they sent in goal-line (package) — it’s not the right matchup for us to run the football — so on second down we throw the ball really to kind of waste a play. … If we score, we do. If we don’t, then we’ll run it in on third and fourth down.”
Carroll – and later cornerback Richard Sherman – credited Malcolm Butler for his big play, intercepting the second-down pass that dashed the Seahawks Super Bowl hopes.
“That guy made a heck of a break,” Sherman said.
As the Patriots (15-4) ran out the clock, players on both sides fought and Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin was ejected.
"I hate that we had to lose like that becuase we did everything right to win the football game," Carroll said.