Belichick sticks up for Seahawks' play call

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick defended the Seattle Seahawks' controversial play call at the end of the Super Bowl.

Belichick said that criticism of the Seahawks' decision to throw the football on second-and-goal at the Patriots' one-yard line is "totally out of line."

Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson to put the game away. The Seahawks would probably have been better off just running the football with Marshawn Lynch.

"There has been a lot of criticism that I don't think is anywhere close to being deserved or founded," Belichick said on WEEI Radio. "That football team is very good, very well-coached, and Pete does a great job.

"Malcolm and Brandon [Browner], on that particular play, just made a great play. I think the criticism they've gotten for the game is totally out of line and by a lot of people who I don't think are anywhere near even qualified to be commenting on it."

Belichick praised the Seahawks.

"I wouldn't be able to say enough about Seattle. They're a great football team, well-coached. They deserve so much credit for what they've done, and how well they've done it," he said on the program.

"I know they are disappointed, as we've been in that spot a couple times ourselves. So the high that we feel is probably not as high as the low that they feel. But that's a really good football team."

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun

Aaron Wilson
Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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