Newton Defends Final Play Call Decision
"In that type of situation, it’s humbling to be able to have the respect of a team to have the ball in my hands. I just have to deliver. I saw a clip of it; I could’ve made it right by just bouncing it (outside). I was just trying to be patient. Just thinking too much, man. Or even just diving over the top.”
Newton went on to say: "Playing a fast defense like that, as soon as you guess, you’re wrong. I’ll definitely learn from this. The play was there. The play was there all game. Moving forward, we just go to scheme up things and being put in that situation again, hopefully we can have a better outcome.”
The argument I've been hearing the most since Sunday night was that "they were expecting the run." My response to that... who cares. Sorry to all the professional Monday morning quarterbacks on Twitter and Facebook. Maybe go run a different play on Madden or something.
So what if Seattle was expecting the run. They were expecting the run all game, including the other two goal line situations where on the exact same play, Newton scored twice. If something worked all game then you don't turn away from it when the game is on the line. That's exactly what the Seahawks did in Super Bowl 49 which now has them on the wrong end of one of the greatest moments in football history.
I think it was the right call in that situation, ride your playmaker until the end. Although I do believe Josh McDaniels made a couple questionable play calls on Sunday, I don't believe that was one of them.
New England will look to bounce back from this last second loss next Sunday at home against the Las Vegas Raiders.