Eight days after the Super Bowl, NFL fans worldwide are still talking about that play call. With 2nd and goal at the Patriots one-yard-line, trailing 28-24 with less than a minute on the clock, the Seahawks had strong alternatives at their disposal. Their powerful running back Marshawn Lynch, nicknamed Beast Mode for his ability to run through would-be tacklers, had bulldozed to more than 100 yards in the game already. Their ever-elusive quarterback Russell Wilson had slipped through the fingers of blitzing defenders more than once. Run a single yard, and their opponents would fall behind with less than thirty seconds to kick a game-tying field goal. Instead, the Seattle coaching staff stunningly selected a slant pass to their wide receiver, Ricardo Lockette, whose route would take him straight into the heart of the densely-concentrated Patriots run-stopping defense. The pass…

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