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Monday Round-Up: Super Bowl XLIX voted greatest game of all-time by readers of NFL.com
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Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Monday, April 6 - about your Seattle Seahawks: Read
Super Bowl XLIX Voted Greatest Game Of All-Time
Apologies in advance if it's not the news you want to hear to kick off your work week, but this past February's NFL title game between the Seahawks and New England Patriots has been voted the greatest football game of all-time by the readers of NFL.com.
The game beat out Super Bowl XLIII between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers in the final round of a "Bracketology" feature the League site rolled out to coincide with the start of NCAA's March Madness, earning 55 percent of the vote.
As if you needed any reminder, New England topped Seattle 28-24 after Patriots rookie cornerback Malcolm Butler secured a goal-line pick of a Russell Wilson pass intended for wide receiver Ricardo Lockette. Recency bias was likely at play with the game earning the "greatest of all-time" honor, but NFL.com's staff makes a compelling case as to why the game deserves the No. 1 rank.
"Going into the game, this was the best on paper matchup we'd seen in at least a decade. And then the game delivered.
- The Patriots out-played Seattle throughout the first half until a frenzied final 2:16 that included three touchdowns. The Patriots went 80 yards in 105 seconds before Seattle went 80 yards in 29 seconds.
- The Patriots authored the best fourth-quarter comeback in Super Bowl history against the best defense of the last decade. It was the second time that Tom Brady put together a go-ahead drive in Arizona with under three minutes left in the Super Bowl. This time, his defense held on.
- Malcolm Butler's interception singlehandedly changed the outcome of a Super Bowl more than any play in history. It wasn't like a game-winning kick or miss. It flipped the script from an extremely likely victory for Seattle to another title for New England. It is one of the greatest defensive plays ever made because of Butler's instincts, aggression and ability to hold on to a pass that would have been deflected on 19 plays out of 20. But Butler held on." Read
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks punter Jon Ryan, who shares his excitement for the Seattle Mariners' Opening Day.
In related tweets, Ryan will be live-tweeting tonight's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Championship Game between the Wisconsin Badgers and Duke Blue Devils for The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune). The game tips off at 6:18 p.m. PT with national television coverage on CBS (channel 7 in Seattle). Read
More From Around The Web
Gregg Bell at the Tacoma News Tribune wonders if the Seahawks will give former University of Washington quarterback Keith Price a second chance. Price spent time in Seattle's rookie minicamp last May.
And for a look around the League, Peter King at TheMMQB.com has his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column, detailing the hiring of the NFL's first female referee on page three and picking the Mariners to win the AL West on page five.