During the 2 weeks build-up and from where I was looking at things, Seattle Seahawks entered the game as the underdog. They surely did not claim that on national TV, but behind closed doors, their assessment may have been similar to mine. The domination and control of the football demonstrated by New England Patriots offense was phenomenal and the Hawks were smelling defeat a quarter and a half into the game.
Towards closure of the second quarter, Pete Carroll made an unconventional call… instead of settling for 14-10 with a Field Goal to enter Q3, he asked his offensive unit to go all in and even the game out. He made a call… an unconventional call… a risk… he cause a shift of momentum… he gave a huge morale uplift to his team… he made Seahawks look like they mean business and would not go down easy… We could see the subtle risk in many Seahawks offensive plays in Q3 resulting 10 points.
When he made the call that cost them the Superbowl, he was in the same tempo. He calculated that the Pats had successfully stopped Lynch multiple times and the entire Pats defensive muscle would stop Lynch. So he made an unconventional call… he took a risk… he wanted to surprise the Pats. His bad luck caught him over there and the risk was realized. Just going by the pattern of plays being made by the Hawks, I was not surprised by the play call.
In all honesty, if he would not have been taking risks in the game, their second TD would have been an FG and the Q4 interception a TD pushing the game to a 2 point conversion followed by OT. <with a lot of assumptions… yada.. yada… yada… >…………..But, by taking the risks, he set the stage for a definite victory.
So, the lesson I learnt was that to attain success risks should be taken, but only in moderation and with calculation, not with momentum and emotion.