Originally Posted by Manton
It was like the ending to an O. Henry story. One twist after another...
The ending of the game elevates it from "classic" to "all-time memorable." The last couple minutes will be dissected for as long as football exists as a professional sport.
Belichick completely outfoxed Carroll in the endgame. Most viewers were shocked that Belichick elected not to use his remaining timeouts. I think the Seahawks were flummoxed as well. Belichick forced them to choose between running on second down, and possibly getting only two cracks at the end zone, and throwing on second down, and getting three chances. Belichick correctly guessed that the Seahawks would opt for the latter and knew what play they were likely to run based on past tendencies (and having a former Seahawks CB on the roster didn't hurt).