After Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson near the Patriots' goal line to seal New England's Super Bowl victory, a number of NFL players and pundits criticized Seattle's decision to pass the ball instead of letting Marshawn Lynch run.
Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon was also critical of the call following the game.
"How do you throw the ball when you got Marshawn Lynch?" asked Simon, according to Josh Katzenstein of the Detroit News.
Lynch finished the game with 102 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries.
On the first play of the drive, Russell Wilson completed a 31-yard pass to Marshawn Lynch. After a couple of incompletions, Jermaine Kearse then made a circus catch at the Patriots' five-yard line, and the Seahawks looked poised to take the lead.
But Butler picked off Wilson with 24 seconds remaining to end Seattle's bid for back-to-back championships. New England then ran off the clock to win the game.
- Stanley Kay