What a wonderous season . . .
Every game, every quarter, every minute.
In some ways, Super Bowl XLIX was a microcosm of the Seahawks 2014 season . . .
- from the slow start (3-3 record – tied at halftime)
- to the injuries (Zack, Derrick, Max, Brandon – Richard, Kam, Earl, Jeremy, Cliff)
- re-grouping after half-way (ditching Percy – 3rd quarter adjustments)
Toward the end of the season it became par for the course for the games to come down to the wire, up to and including the NFCCG w/the Packers. So, when they were tied with the Patriots at halftime in the Super Bowl and then came roaring back in the 3rd quarter, it was like, OK we’ve got this!
The ending required wallowing . . .
But, the Patriots scored rare 4th quarter points on what was an extremely compromised Hawks defense. Despite these challenges, the Seahawks STILL had the ball and a chance to win it in the last seconds – after the awesome circus catch by Jermaine (Hawks had the most explosive plays in the NFL in both the regular AND post season) and a great run by Marshawn (clearly the heart and soul of the team) came the ill-fated call. Whether it was the wrong call, the wrong personnel, poorly executed – will be debated forever and a day. Bottom line: heartbreak.
I won’t defend the play call or the execution (that’s been done ad nauseam) but, just for grins, I will post a rather staunch “defense” of it by someone who gets a bit hysterical himself in arguing of the hysteria surrounding the last 50 seconds of the game . . .
As well as an open and honest interview with the man who made the call . . .
And now we get to the wending . . .
I have to believe that for this team, with an already unparalleled bond, this experience will only make them stronger, closer and more determined than ever.
Congrats to the World Champion New England Patriots!