Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Once again, Marshawn Lynch reminds Pete Carroll why he should've given him the ball in Super Bowl XLIX

Alex Reimer
September 11, 2018 - 10:05 am

It’s been 43 months since Pete Carroll opted to not hand the ball to Marshawn Lynch on the one-yard line and cost the Seahawks a Super Bowl championship against the Patriots. Carroll was reminded of his blunder once again during Rams-Raiders on Monday night.

There weren’t many highlights for Jon Gruden’s Raiders, who were trounced 33-13 at home. Los Angeles quarterback Jared Goff looked comfortable for most of the night, most notably finding young wideout Cooper Kupp in the end zone to give the Rams their first lead late in the third quarter. If only the Raiders had a dominant pass-rusher who could’ve tormented Goff in the pocket. Oh well.

But the Raiders did enjoy one bright spot in the first quarter, thanks to Lynch’s absolute beastliness. The 215-pound bulldozer dragged seemingly the entire Rams’ defense on his back all the way to the end zone for a 10-yard score. One could imagine Richard Sherman and the entire Legion of Boom cussing in their living rooms as Lynch crossed the goal line.

It’s especially apropos to bring up the Super Bowl flashback today, on the heels of Sports Illustrated’s expose into the unraveling of the Seahawks. According to writers Greg Bishop and Robert Klemko, Seattle was never able to get over the loss, with defensive players believing Carroll sacrificed the team’s Super Bowl ambitions in order to boost Russell Wilson. 

Sports are full of alternative histories, but what would’ve happened if Carroll simply went with convention during the waning moments of Super Bowl XLIX remains one of the juiciest. Another NFL dynasty would’ve been born, the legend of Malcolm Butler would’ve never happened, and who knows –– maybe Tom Brady would still be searching for his fourth Super Bowl ring. 

The Seahawks are left to ponder those scenarios every time Lynch crosses the goal line.