Heartbreak... Seahawks fall to Patriots 28-24

After a juggling 33-yard catch from Jermaine Kearse seemed to put the Seahawks in position to score the game-winning touchdown with less than a minute remaining, Russell Wilson was intercepted by Patriots rookie defensive back Malcolm Butler, preserving New England's 28-24 victory.

10. For a second time in this game, Wilson seemed poised to steal back the momentum from Tom Brady and deliver yet another thrilling come-from-behind victory. Rather than run the ball with Marshawn Lynch at the goal-line as most anticipated, the Seahawks attempted a pick play to wideout Ricardo Lockette. Jermaine Kearse made the block but Butler anticipated the action beautifully, stepping in front of the well-thrown pass from Wilson to abruptly extinguish Seattle's attempt at repeating as Super Bowl champions.

9. Wilson threw the pass but offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell could be the one left answering the toughest questions. His decision to throw rather than run the ball with Marshawn Lynch - who rushed for 102 yards and a score in the second quarter - will go down as one of the most second-guessed decisions in Seattle sports history.

8. The Patriots - and Brady - deserve a great deal of respect for this win. Brady guided the Patriots back from a 24-14 deficit, delivering strikes to Rob Gronkowski and Julian Edelman, in particular.

7. New England seemed to control the tempo early on and appeared to be on the verge of taking a 14-7 lead into halftime before Wilson found former CFL wideout Chris Matthews for an improbable 11-yard touchdown in the closing seconds. The Seahawks initially appeared to be settling for a Steve Hauschka field goal but instead opted to give Wilson one chance to tie the game with six seconds remaining. Wilson fired a quick pass to the 6-5, 218 pound Matthews, who caught his first NFL touchdown after spending the previous two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The shocking score stole the momentum from Brady, who'd hooked up with Gronkowski for a 22-yard touchdown just 29 seconds earlier (at least on the game clock).

6. From the Seahawks' perspective, the emergence of Matthews was the most improbable storyline of the Super Bowl. Signed prior to the season and shuffled back and forth between the active roster and practice squad, Matthews entered the game without a single reception in his NFL career. He would up leading the Seahawks with 109 receiving yards, tying Edelman for the most in the game. Matthews' effort was every bit as sparkling on this big stage as the performance a year ago from Super Bowl XLVIII MVP Malcolm Smith.

5. While Seattle's primary pass-catchers were a surprise, New England's focus was on ultra-quick slot receivers Edelman and Danny Amendola (and running back Shane Vereen), as anticipated. Gronkowski made several big plays in this contest, hauling in six passes for 68 yards and the second quarter score. Edelman, however, was the toughest matchup for the Seahawks, however, catching a game-high nine passes for 109 yards and consistently squirting free for extra yardage after the catch.

4. Give Brady and Edelman credit but their success was certainly made easier with the loss of Seattle's primary nickel cornerback, Jeremy Lane, who suffered an arm injury after intercepting Brady in the first quarter. While All Pro Richard Sherman is certainly Seattle's top cornerback, Lane is their quickest and most physical, making him one of the NFL's elite nickel corners. Not surprisingly, the Patriots quickly attacked Seattle's replacement, the much longer and less agile Tharold Simon, beating him on two big pass plays on their next drive, including the 11-yard touchdown reception by Brandon LaFell. Simon was also the corner victimized by Edelman on the Patriots' go-ahead score with just over two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

3. The reliability of New England's pass-catchers stood out in this game. In a game as tight as this one wound up being, drops from Kearse and Lockette (and the utter lack of involvement from tight end Luke Willson) stings.

2. There is an unfortunate irony for the Seahawks that Lynch was silenced on the game's decisive play. As he's been throughout much of his career in Seattle, Lynch was the engine behind Seattle's offense in this contest despite New England dedicating nine defenders to stopping him at times. It will be interesting to see if the news reported by NFL.com's Ian Rapoport prior to the game - that the Seahawks offered Lynch a "huge" extension - comes to fruition.

1. Lynch has been rumored all season long to be potentially playing in his final game in Seattle. The Seahawks have several other key members set to hit free agency, including starting cornerback Bryon Maxwell and left guard James Carpenter. Defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is widely expected to accept the Atlanta Falcons head coaching job in the next few days.

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