Stunned Seahawks fans can’t believe magic ended in Super Bowl
Seahawks fans couldn’t believe a 28-24 loss to the New England Patriots ended their remarkable run to Super Bowl XLIX. “I’m ready to cry right now,” said one fan.
Seattle Times staff reporter
GLENDALE, Ariz. — With the Seahawks leading by 10 points at the end of the third quarter, longtime fan Craig Gass, wearing a Kam Chancellor No 31 jersey, felt confident.
“The Seahawks are a fourth-quarter team,” he said. “This is when the magic happens.”
Maybe so. But the magic wand Sunday turned out to be the right arm of New England quarterback Tom Brady, who led his team on two fourth-quarter touchdown drives to claim a 28-24 victory over the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX.
“I’m ready to cry right now,” said Julie Lamontagna of Renton, a Seahawks season-ticket holder since 1982, heading for the exit of University of Phoenix Stadium. “It’s a real disappointment to see the season end like this. But we still had a heck of a season.”
The way the game ended was a punch in the gut to Seahawks fans, who in the final minute saw wide receiver Jermaine Kearse make an acrobatic catch at the 5-yard line, seemingly putting Seattle at the doorstep of a championship.
But moments later, an errant Russell Wilson pass was intercepted at the goal line, ending the Hawks’ bid for a repeat Super Bowl title.
“What a terrible way to lose,” said Suren Machi of Issaquah, also a season-ticket holder. “We almost had it. I’m just distraught.”
The 12th Man did just about everything they could Sunday, clearly outnumbering and outshouting travelers from New England. But Patriots fans were in full voice, too, cheering quarterback Brady to engineer this victory.
“I just about had a heart attack,” said Patriots fan Alex DeVivo, 29, of Chicopee, Mass. He had flown to Arizona not knowing for sure if he would get tickets to the game, but purchased one Saturday for $2,500.
“Best money I ever spent,” he said.
Seahawks fans streamed to the exit, many of them in silence. Others stood stunned in small groups around the stadium concourses. An eight-game winning streak put the Seahawks in the game, and one ill-advised play brought it to an end.
Aaron Brown, 34, of Bellevue, said he felt sure Kearse’s catch was the miracle Seahawks fans had been hoping for. “But you have to put it in the end zone, and we didn’t do that.”
“It’s a disappointing loss, but I think we’ll be back next year,” he said. “That’s all you can do. We look to next year.”
Seahawk fans arrived at the stadium in a confident mood. Mark McLean and Christie Whitney of South Puget Sound were among the first on hand, and sat back to text photos to jealous friends and relatives. McLean predicted a 31-27 Seahawks win.
Mike Bell of Duvall predicted a 27-21 Seattle win, saying that Wilson’s ability to scramble might be more than the Patriots were ready for. “His mobility will be a big factor,” Bell said. “This is a team of destiny.”
But Boston resident Chris Burton, attending his sixth Super Bowl in which New England has played, said the Patriots’ versatility on offense would prevail.
“You never want to underestimate Tom Brady,” he added.
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