Super Bowl 2015: Seahawks Coach, QB Explain What Happened With That Game-Ending Play (Video)
Pete Carroll and Russell Wilson are taking the blame for the call that led to an interception — and Seattle's loss to New England.
Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and quarterback Russell Wilson are taking the blame for the team's 28-24 loss against the New England Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl.
The Seahawks had the ball on second-and-goal with 26 seconds left in the game when Wilson threw a pass intended for Ricardo Lockette. Instead, New England's Malcolm Butler intercepted, which sealed the Seahawks' fate.
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In an interview on NBC's postgame show, Carroll said: "I told those guys, 'That's my fault, totally.' … But we had plenty of time to win the game. … We were playing for third and fourth down. Give them no time left and it would have been just right, but it didn't work out that way."
Watch the video below to see Carroll's explanation on why he made the call.
He added: "It's a very, very hard lesson. I hate to learn the hard way, but there's no other way to look at it right now."
He also praised his players.
"For it to come down to a play like that, I hate that we have to live with that, because we did everything right to win the football game at the end," Carroll said. "But they did a great job, they gave themselves a shot and then they pulled it off, and they're world champs, and we're not."
Meanwhile, Wilson also was shouldering the blame afterward.
"I put the blame on me — I'm the one who threw it," he said. "It’s something you learn from. It's something you grow from. I'm proud of our guys about the way that we got down the field there in that situation. We had so many great plays, and we're right there. We'll just keep learning and keep growing."
He added: "We played as hard as we could. They made one more play than we did."
Watch the video below for more of Wilson's take on the call.