Monday, February 2, 2015

Let's not forget who won the Super Bowl and why

It’s been 24 hours since the wild end to Super Bowl 49 and I’m still waiting for someone outside New England to actually give the Patriots credit for winning the game.
Everything I have heard since is the Seahawks lost the game because of the second most mindboggling, perplexing, inexplicable call in the history of sports since Olympic decathlon champion Bruce Jenner decided to become a woman.
OK. I get it. You wanted Beast Mode and you got Yeast Mold. Pete Carroll screwed up and Russell Wilson attempted a pass when everyone in the free world figured Marshawn Lynch would run the final yard and become the first player in NFL history to accept the Super Bowl MVP trophy and not give an acceptance speech. He would have paid the fine for not talking to the media by driving his Chevrolet Colorado MVP-winning truck right up to Roger Goodell’s, er, office.
To his credit, Carroll took accountability for the play yet no one on his team seems to have the back of a so-called players coach. Meanwhile, I have heard no one on that vaunted Seahawks defense – that brash, trash-talking unit being compared to the 1985 Chicago Bears’ defense as the best of all time – stand up and take any accountability whatsoever for allowing Tom Brady and the Patriots to march up and down the field, especially after the No. 1 ranked defense in the NFL was handed a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter and surrendered two long touchdown drives of the four the Pats put together in the game, not counting the first one that ended in a stupid Brady interception.
Versus the No. 1 pass defense in the league, the Patriots offense amassed 377 yards, the most allowed by the Seahawks this season and twice as much as their season’s average. The Patriots had 25 first downs, the most against Seattle since Sept. 14. And Tom Brady, who was called everything from a liar to a cheater to a super model beater all week, completed a Super Bowl record 37 passes against a heralded pass secondary that made the cover of Sports Illustrated last week.
So maybe instead of focusing on the one minute of indecision in Seattle’s play-calling take a good hard look at the 34 minutes of precision game-planning Brady and the Patriots executed to cut up the biggest, baddest, most bodacious defense on this planet.
Give the Patriots their due.


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