The Seattle Seahawks had both the Lombardi Trophy and greatness in their grasp with 36 inches and 26 seconds to go.
They watched their coronation as a modern day dynasty slip away with the decision not to put the ball in Marshawn Lynch’s hands.
In what some are viewing as one of the great miscalculations in sports history, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, backed by head coach Pete Carroll, called for a pass play, leaving Lynch — and ultimately the rest of the Seahawks — stunningly empty-handed.
When Malcolm Butler stepped in front of Ricardo Lockette and picked off Russell Wilson’s pass, the undrafted and previously unheralded rookie sealed New England’s 28-24 Super Bowl win.
It also added Bevell and Carroll to the long list of sportsmen whose decisions backfired so spectacularly so as to haunt and taunt the also-rans and their crestfallen fans.
Some choices that stand out…
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