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Monday, 2 February 2015

Super Bowl 2015: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

I find it every hard to believe what just happened. Did Seattle head coach Pete Carroll forget to coach the last minute of the football game? Did Russell Wilson can his own play? Did the Seahawks think the Patriots id not watch game tape?

I’m speechless and so are millions of football and Seattle fans.

While the Seahawks are still one of the best teams in the NFL and a good bet to challenge for another Super Bowl title next season, there are still reasons to believe this team just gave the game away.

There will be plenty of questions asked and plenty of answers to be had on this one. Nothing takes away from the New England Patriots winning their fourth Super Bowl title since 2001, but you have to wonder – did New England win this one, or did Seattle lose it?

Here are the Good, the Bad and the Ugly of this game.


What else can be said about Tom Brady that hasn’t already been mentioned?

What else can be said about Bill Belichick that hasn’t already been mentioned?

Both are at the top of their game and both are considered two of the greatest of all time. This wasn’t a game that was won in the first few minutes, but rather in the second half where the Patriots lost a lead, fell behind by 10 points and then chipped away at the Seattle defense.

Blame it on injuries, poor tackling or even execution, the Patriots played the perfect game of chess when it was needed most.

Tom Brady became Joe Montana on Sunday night and while there are a few who will never put the two in the same class, one of my friends best summed up the performance.

“I used to think Joe Montana was the greatest QB of my lifetime. I now think that is Tom Brady.”


The fact someone had to lose this game.

I had a conversation with my father earlier in the day, telling him this might be the best Super Bowl game ever played. It was very good, but not the greatest.

Seattle had a chance to beat both Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in consecutive seasons. They failed. The accomplishment would have put this franchise in some rare air. Truth be told, I could not help but think if Seattle gave Marshawn Lynch the lion’s share of the offense in the second half, the Seahawks should win.

They almost did. But they came up about six yards short.


How will Seattle wipe this one away? For the better part of the second half, Seattle and its defense controlled the game and the line of scrimmage, forcing Tom Brady to dump the ball off in the backfield and throw short passes.

The secondary began to wear down in the fourth quarter, which is where Brady is at his best. The strikes to both Danny Amendola and then Julian Edelman with the game on the line was pure Tom Brady.

Seattle could have run the ball twice up the middle and would have had its second Super Bowl title in as many years.

You cannot make this stuff up and will go down in football history as one of the all-time sports blunders and bad calls.


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