Pete Carroll defends decision to throw at end of Super Bowl

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Pete Carroll continues to defend pass call at end of Super Bowl XLIX
Tuesday February 3rd, 2015

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll continued to defend his decision to throw late in Super Bowl XLIX, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

Trailing 28-24 with less than a minute remaining against the New England Patriots, the Seahawks opted to pass from the one-yard line on second down, and Russell Wilson's pass was intercepted by Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler.

Carroll explained his decision after the game on Sunday and echoed his comments again on Monday.

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"One of those downs we were likely to throw the ball, maybe two of those downs we would have thrown the ball depending on how we had to save the clock," Carroll said. "We had to get all of our plays. It wasn’t about, ‘Just run the ball.’ That wasn’t what the thought was. There was not a thought about with the run and I changed it. That did not happen."

Seattle had just one timeout remaining, and Carroll has been criticized for not giving the ball to running back Marshawn Lynch.

After Butler's interception, the Patriots ran out the clock to win the team's fourth Super Bowl in 14 years.

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