GLENDALE, Ariz -- Russell Wilson thought Seattle's final play call was perfect. He thought he had a touchdown when the ball left his hand.
"I thought the game was over," Wilson said.
Instead, the Seahawkslost Super Bowl XLIX in the most excruciating fashion Sunday. Malcolm Butler made the play of his life, breaking on Wilson's pass and beating Ricardo Locketteto the ball. Pete Carroll tried to take responsibility for the decision, even though offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell admitted he dialed up the quick pass. Wilson also took blame for the play, saying he threw the ball "one inch" too far. But offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said Lockette shares the blame.
Lockette "could have been stronger through the ball," Bevell pointed out to reporters multiple times.
Carroll and Wilson showed leadership in how they handled the worst moment of their professional career. Bevell, like Lockette, fell short.