Seahawks run out of good fortune in Super Bowl letdown
GLENDALE, Arizona, Feb 1 (Reuters) - The Seattle Seahawks were left stunned after coming up one yard short of a second straight Super Bowl title on Sunday following one of the wildest ever finishes to a National Football League championship.
Seattle, who enjoyed some good fortune just to reach the Super Bowl, looked to have some luck left when Jermaine Kearse made a juggling catch for a 33-yard gain that put the Seahawks on the Patriots' five-yard line with 66 seconds to play.
"Obviously, it's a hard play because you just saw your dreams go down the drain," said Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett. "That one play doesn't determine the game. There's a lot of plays that everybody could have made a little bit better."
The Seahawks were outplayed during the first two quarters, where they had the ball in their possession for just 12 minutes, but a late touchdown had them tied withNew England going into third quarter.
"We worked so hard to get to this point and not to come out with the win is definitely disappointing," said Kearse.
The Seahawks erased a 12-point deficit with under three minutes to play en route to an overtime victory. During the late rally, Seattle enjoyed a fortuitous bounce to recover an onside kick to set up a go-ahead score.
But there was no such luck this time and cornerback Richard Sherman did his best to stay positive in the face of defeat.
"This is my fourth year in the league, second Super Bowl. So hopefully we'll have another chance to get here and have a different result," he said.
"I thought we had a chance, through God's grace. He always seems to be with us in these big games."