I know there aren’t many people who will agree with me, but I believe Pete Carroll made the right call to throw on 2nd and goal from the 1 yard line. Of course hindsight is 20/20, and we all know how it ended up working out for the Seahawks, but let’s take a real look at the situation.
Seattle was down by 4 points and had the ball, 2nd and Goal from the 1 yard line. There were 20 seconds left in the game, and Seattle had 1 timeout remaining. They have one of the most physical running games in the league, led by Marshawn Lynch.
If they elect to run on 2nd down and don’t convert, then they must use their final timeout, and are presented with 3rd and Goal and no timeouts, meaning they would be in a known passing down. Also, if anything goes wrong on 3rd down, the clock would certainly run out without any chance of running a final play to score.
Instead, Seattle chose to pass in what New England thought was a running down. Typically this gives an advantage to the quarterback. Honestly, what are the odds that Russell Wilson throws an INT in that situation? That is literally the ONLY way this becomes the wrong call.
Seattle had the opportunity to make 1 passing attempt to the end zone, then run Marshawn twice if the pass goes incomplete, and they took it. Unfortunately for them, the almost impossible happened, and Wilson threw the INT.
If you’re gonna play the blame game here, I wouldn’t put the blame on Carroll. It was on the players for not executing.
As a note, Brian Burke of Advanced NFL Stats disagrees with me:
What say you?