It was all setting up perfectly for the Seattle Seahawks on their final drive of Super Bowl XLIX against the New England Patriots. Trailing 28-24 and needing a touchdown, Russell Wilson found Jermaine Kearse, who made what might have been the greatest catch of all time to give the Seahawks first-and-goal at the New England 5-yard line with just over a minute remaining. On first down, Marshawn Lynch bulldogged his way to the Patriots' 1, and the Seahawks called a time out with 55 seconds remaining. Over 70,000 fans in attendance in Glendale and millions watching around the world on television figured that Pete Carroll would hand the ball to Lynch one more time.
Carroll and Darrell Bevell took the road not taken, and had Wilson attempt a quick slant pass to Ricardo Lockette. The ball was intercepted by Patriots' safety Malcolm Butler, and after it was all said and done. . .after a couple of ridiculous penalties on the Seahawks to close things out. . .the Patriots had escaped with their fourth championship of the Tom Brady/Bill Belichick era.
A lot of Minnesota Vikings' players were watching the game, just like many of us, and as you can imagine, they had some reactions to the play.
Some players kept their reactions simple.
WOW........................— Greg Jennings (@GregJennings) February 2, 2015
wow— Anthony Barr (@itheeayb) February 2, 2015
Others were a little more specific. . .and pointed. . .with their reactions.
Worst play call ever— Justin Anderson (@justin34_) February 2, 2015
Terrible play call!!! Give it to #beastmode— Charles Johnson (@MrInkredibleXII) February 2, 2015
Just run the ball!!!— Josh Robinson (@JROB_2one) February 2, 2015
I do not understand that call to throw the ball..wow!— Corey Wootton (@CoreyWootton) February 2, 2015
Bad play call smh— Captain Munnerlyn (@captain_41) February 2, 2015
You got Marshawn Lynch on the half yard line and you throw— Brandon Watts (@1on1wattsisland) February 2, 2015
Why Would You Throw The F***ing Ball Pete!!!! #Beastmode— Ahmad Dixon (@MrBU_5ix) February 2, 2015
One former Viking even lost a little something because of the play.
I am not a betting man but "That Call" just cost me a case of Vernors Ginger Ale ! Come On Man— Greg Coleman (@gregcoleman8) February 2, 2015
Well, Vernor's is pretty good.
But if I had to pick one Vikings reaction to summarize my thoughts on the whole thing, it would have to go to fullback Jerome Felton.
That has to go down as the worst play call in Super Bowl history, hands down!!— jerome felton (@jfelton45) February 2, 2015
It's certainly something that's going to be talked about for quite a while in NFL fan circles, that's for sure.
If you'd like to see some more player reactions to last night's game, we've got a pretty extensive list of Vikings players on Twitter on our Twitter account, and what's probably the most comprehensive list of Vikings-related Twitter accounts anywhere.