Huard’s Chalk Talk: How Browner, Butler foiled Seahawks’ final play
Lost in all the second-guessing of the Seahawks’ decision to throw the ball on what would be their final play of Super Bowl XLIX was that – at least for a moment – the play was open.
“When I threw it I was like, ‘Touchdown, second Super Bowl ring, here we go,’ ” said quarterback Russell Wilson. “And it didn’t happen.”
As Brock Huard explains in the “Chalk Talk” video at the top of this post, among the reasons it didn’t happen were a pair of outstanding plays by New England’s cornerbacks.
It wasn’t just Malcolm Butler breaking on the ball and holding on through a collision with Ricardo Lockette. It was also Brandon Browner’s jam of Jermaine Kearse at the line of scrimmage, which prevented Kearse from creating a traffic jam that would have impeded Butler’s route to the ball.
“The way that play works is often that DB gets brushed and doesn’t get to get in position to make that play, but he did,” coach Pete Carroll said. “I do know that Browner jammed Jermaine – he’s the front guy on that route – and probably kept him from getting off as cleanly as we would normally hope for.”