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The Seahawks didn’t lose it, the Patriots won it

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The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl because of their execution, and not for any other reason.

Everyone will remember the final play of Super Bowl XLIX, with Seattle Seahawks quarterback throwing an interception in the final seconds of the game at the one yard line.

Sports analysts are talking about the final play call by Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, asking why the team wouldn’t run the ball with top running back Marshawn Lynch in the back-field.

The coach’s explanation made sense. His goal was to save time on second down and conserve his final timeout.

Unlikely hero, cornerback Malcolm Butler, seized the moment and jumped the pick play like a pro. His heads up play took the ball away from Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette, stealing the game for the Patriots.

But no, lets not talk about how the Patriots overcame a fourth quarter comeback. Lets not talk about how the defense bent but didn’t break in the final moments.

This is football. It is about production, not “what ifs.” People can sit at home and shovel chips into their mouths, crying about what could have been, but not what happened. The Patriots, the world champions, made a play. Why isn’t anyone talking about “what if” the Patriots didn’t give up a game-tying touchdown before halftime and left shark (and Katy Perry)? Will we dissect every play throughout the game just to make excuses on why the loser is the loser?

It goes for the Patriots imperfect season as well. The “greatest offense of all-time” could not crack 20 points, but everyone will only mention the lucky “helmet catch.”

Same goes for the Jermaine Kearse circus catch. Fans need to stop seeking a scapegoat when their team loses or almost loses.

Dissecting a football game is not as complicated as some uneducated fans will admit. It is all about what the production is, not the “what ifs”

Enough of “if he didn’t.” Guess what? He did. Now finish your chips and be quiet.

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The Seahawks didn’t lose it, the Patriots won it