Wilson defends play call: ‘When I threw it, it was touchdown, second Super Bowl ring…’ (RAW VIDEOS)

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alcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass by Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks intended for Ricardo Lockette #83 late in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

alcolm Butler #21 of the New England Patriots intercepts a pass by Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks intended for Ricardo Lockette #83 late in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

RENTON, Wash. — Seahawks QB Russell Wilson on Tuesday fully backed the controversial and ill-fated Seattle play call at the goal line Sunday night: ” When I threw it, it was touchdown,   second Super Bowl ring. Here we go! I had no doubt about that play call. Still don’t.”

Patriots rookie Malcolm Butler jumped in front of Seahawks receiver Ricardo Lockette and intercepted the ball, sealing New England’s 28-24 win in the Super Bowl.

Wilson credited Butler with an amazing play on the ball and said he never saw him.

“He made a phenomenal play,” Wilson said of Butler. “It was one of those bang-bang plays … he won the game for them out there.”

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Asked how the pass play looked as he dropped back, Wilson said, "It looked open enough to get in there and make the play. When I threw it, it was touchdown, second Super Bowl ring. Here we go. And,  you know, it didn't happen."

Wilson said, "I had no doubt, no doubt about that play call, still don't to this day. I just wish we made the play. If we had made the touchdown, you guys would be sitting here and asking me different questions."

Wilson said the game is "a game of inches" and sometimes the ball bounces your way and sometimes it doesn't. "You just look forward to the next opportunity."

"As a player, you can't look back. I can use this (experience) for something else ... I can use this for another game."

Asked about negotiations on a new contract, with his four-year rookie deal set to expire after next season, Wilson said, "I haven't really thought anything about it. Obviously, I want to play in Seattle forever. That's my goal ... I love this organization, I love this city, I love these fans and I love winning here."

Does he think about becoming the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL?

"No, the focus for me is I just want to keep winning. I don't worry about that other stuff."

He also defended offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's play-calling. "Ultimately, I trust the preparation, I trust the calls. It comes down to the the players making the plays. Coach Bevell does a tremendous job preparing us."

Wilson said, "Everybody deals with loss differently. If anybody hates losing, I hate losing. It's disappointing. Even though we lost the game, we felt like we should have won it. Now it's looking forward to the next opportunity that we have.

"Just to play in that stadium and seeing that many (Seahawks) fans there, that's what's disappointing, letting those fans down. The part I hate is I have to wait 7 months to play another game."

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  • Kit

    Seems like there was a similar situation in Kansas City, Lynch couldn’t punch it through from the goal line and the Seahawks lost the game.

    • Joe

      You can’t compare the one of the best Run defenses to one of the worst idiot. He messed up. Should have handed off the ball. Get off Wilson’s sack. Horrible QB.

    • Reinventing Lucky

      The difference is Lynch would have had 3 attempts. I could see if Lynch got stopped even once going to a pass. The stupid part is Wilson saying it was a touchdown when he threw it, because that obviously is not the case.

  • The World is Ending

    If all of you guys saying how you would have done it differently.. If you knew as much about coaching football as you think you do, you would have a coaching job making millions of $$$$

  • YouMadBro

    Well said Russell. You are a man of character and are a role model on someone who stands up for the decisions that are made and that you back your coaches just as much as they back you

  • Angelo

    How can you call me him a horrible quarterback for one bad play? He made us the NFC champions,the second best team in the NFL! Youare trained to listen to your coach,how is that horrible?!

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  • Brian J

    It was a great game, but the hawks came up one play short. Perhaps if we had self scouted and instead of running a slant on The Play, faked a slant and ran a whip(receiver goes towards the sidelines) like the Patriots did earlier on the touchdown to Edleman. Had we run a whip rather than a slant on The Play, Butler would have gone 90 miles an hour in the wrong direction, and it wouldn’t matter that Browner pawned the wide receiver attempting to jam him for the rub-in fact, that may could have been turned to our advantage. We know in hindsight that Belichick was diligent in his study of our plays, and had prepared for this play. It would have been nice to reward Belichick for his smarts and outwitted him by trying something different. Oh well, I’m sure our coaching staff in the off season will learn from the lessons that Belichick taught us. Perhaps in a similar situation in the future, our team will run a play that surprises the defense and we get an easy score to win the game. Go Hawks!

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