By SI Wire
February 02, 2015

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 defensive end Bruce Irvin expressed disbelief at the call after the game.

"We had it," Irvin said. "I don't understand how you don't give it to the best back in the league on the 1-yard line."

Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon was also critical of the call. Quarterback Russell Wilson, on the other hand, said he agreed with the decision to pass the ball.

The New England Patriots came away with the ball - and a 28-24 Super Bowl win over the Seahawks

Lynch finished the game with 102 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. 

Butler intercepts Wilson to seal Pats' Super Bowl win

After the Patriots went ahead 28-24 on a three-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Julian Edelman, the Seahawks had 2:02 remaining on the game clock.

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.

- Sarah Barshop and Stanley Kay

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