There is plenty of blame to go around for Seattle’s decision to pass on second-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 26 seconds remaining — a choice that resulted in New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler’s game-clinching interception. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll took the fall for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell’s call, but quarterback Russell Wilson ultimately threw the pass and Bevell even lumped wide receiver Ricardo Lockette into the mix for not being ” stronger through the ball. ” However you want to slice up that pie is a different debate, but everyone should agree: The judgment call belongs in the pantheon of worst play calls in sports history. Carroll & Co. join this undistinguished list. Mike Holmgren letting Terrell Davis score : Oddly, the Packers coach found himself in a similar spot to Patriots coach Bill Belichick on the aforementioned second-and-goal. While Belichick’s goal-line stand paid off, Holmgren allowed the Denver Broncos to score the go-ahead touchdown with 1:45 remaining in a 31-24 Super Bowl XXXII loss. Asked about his decision, Holmgren  didn’t realize Davis scored on second down , meaning his stout Packers defensive line could have attempted their goal-line stand, used both available timeouts and still given the offense plenty of time for a potential game-tying field goal. The Miracle at the Meadowlands : Instead of asking Joe Pisarcik to kneel on a five-point victory in the waning moments of a November 1978 divisional game against Philadelphia, New York Giants offensive coordinator Bob Gibson called for his QB to hand the ball off to fullback Larry Csonka — and they all watched as Eagles cornerback Herm Edwards played to win the game and returned the botched handoff for the game-winning touchdown in a 19-17 victory. Maybe that’s what had Carroll spooked about running.

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