ALL SMILES: New England Patriots players celebrate with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning the Super Bowl yesterday.
ALL SMILES: New England Patriots players celebrate with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning the Super Bowl yesterday. Christian Petersengetty IMAGES

Lynch mob circles as Seattle Seahawks coach fails

"THIS one didn't work out for us. In retrospect, we could have run it."

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The decision by Seattle coach Pete Carroll to try for a touchdown pass on the New England Patriots line with the team trailing 28-24 and less than a minute on the clock, rather than hand the ball to Marshawn Lynch, the best runner in the business, ultimately cost the Seahawks the chance for back-to-back Super Bowl victories in Phoenix.

Instead of making a hero of Lynch, that tag went to rookie Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler who read the pass from Russell Wilson superbly to intercept the ball on the line and seal New England's first win since 2005.

"The message from coach Carroll was he took the blame for it," Wilson said.

"That wasn't his fault. I put the blame on me for not making that play. I'm the one who threw it. ... I thought it was going to be a touchdown."

Wilson's opposite number Tom Brady put up a Super Bowl-record 50 passes, completing 37 of them for 328 yards and four touchdowns. The performance earned the 37-year-old his third Super Bowl MVP award, and fourth winner's ring, tying the record set by Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw.


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