18. Seahawks’ Super Bowl Pass
Russell Wilson is a spectacularly good quarterback. But even geniuses can have awful moments as he proved on the biggest stage of them all. The Seattle Seahawks played the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX and had a chance to score a game-winning touchdown with just 28 seconds left from one yard away. Star running back Marshawn Lynch was ready to dash into the endzone. All Wilson had to do was hand the ball to him and the Seahawks would almost surely win.
But head coach Pete Carroll had other ideas and called for one of the most notorious plays in football history. Instead of ordering Wilson to offload to Lynch, he told him to make a pass-play. The QB threw to Ricardo Lockette but Malcolm Butler made a heroic interception. The Pats went on to win the Vince Lombardi Trophy 28-24 after one of the most spectacularly controversial plays in sports history.