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Marshawn Lynch Finally Admits That He “Was Expecting The Ball” At The End Of Super Bowl XLIX

Submitted by on March 2, 2015 – 2:54 pmNo Comment

It’s been a month now since Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll decided not to give the football to Marshawn Lynch at the end of Super Bowl XLIX with the Seahawks on the one-yard line and less than a minute remaining on the clock. But people still haven’t gotten over it. They wonder why Carroll chose to throw on the play—and why Russell Wilson made such a bad decision by throwing an interception to end the game. And they also wonder what Lynch thinks about it. He chose not to talk to reporters after the game, so his reaction to Carroll’s play call has been a mystery. Until now.

Over the weekend, Lynch decided to randomly do an interview with NTV Spor, the leading sports TV network in Turkey (yes, Turkey!). He was, of course, asked about the Seahawks’ final play during Super Bowl XLIX. And while he didn’t come out and blame Carroll or anyone else on the coaching staff for not giving him the ball, he did admit that he was expecting to get the ball on the play.

“To be honest with you, I would be lying if I didn’t tell you that I was expecting the ball,” he said. “Yes, I was expecting the ball. But in life, these things happen. Like I told a reporter after the game, it’s a team sport. I had no problem with the decision of the play calling. I mean, you know, I think it was more of a…how do I say this? When you look at me, and you let me run that ball in, I am the face of the nation. You know, MVP of the Super Bowl, that’s pretty much the face of the nation at that point of time. I don’t know what went into that call. I mean, maybe it was a good thing that I didn’t get the ball. I mean, you know, it cost us the Super Bowl. I mean, I have full…I have full confidence in my teammates to execute that plan because we’ve done it so many more times. But would I love to had the ball in? Yes, I would have.”

Lynch also finished his answer by saying that he isn’t going to dwell on the final play call. “The game is over,” he said, “and I am in Turkey.”

Now that you’ve had a month to reflect on it, do you think the Seahawks were right to try a pass play at the end of the Super Bowl? Or do you think they made a huge mistake by not giving the football to Lynch?

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