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.”
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."