SEATTLE — People in Seattle poised to celebrate a second straight Super Bowl win by the Seahawks were instead left stunned.
A late interception preserved New England's 28-24 victory. Rebe Wolverton was part of a boisterous crowd watching Sunday's game near Century Link Field, where the Seahawks play their home games. She said, "this hurts.
In the University District, people poured into the intersection of 19th and 47th right after the game ended. At first, everyone expected something to happen.
“I think people are going to be very angry about this game, because I think they thought we could have won this game,” said Jack Reinard.
However, after about 20 minutes of standing around confusion seemed to set in. There was no rioting, nor burning couches, like after the Seahawks won the Super Bowl last year. There was also a large police presence that quickly surrounded the crowd.
In the end, the crowd disbursed after about 90 minutes of waiting and wondering. The one thing everyone seem sure about by the time they left: Lynch should been give the ball with the game on the line.
“I think they should have let beastmode go beastmode, and should have let him take it in,” Dustin Curtin said. “Maybe we’d be celebrating right now, maybe a couch would be on fire.”
In North Seattle, Emily Simpson and Steven Baily had been ready for another celebration. Simpson said the loss was "heartbreaking."
In West Lake, Chopper 7 images showed a crowd proudly waving 12th man flags.
Seattle did not see rowdty crowds on Sunday like after the win.
Police did close 19th Street in the in U-District north of the campus as dozens of students gathered in the same place as the couch burning last year, but the crowd started to disburse shortly befor 9:30 p.m.
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