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Local football team weighs in on Seahawks' controversial call

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Fans react to Sunday's Super Bowl loss. Fans react to Sunday's Super Bowl loss.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

ESPN.com is reporting that Russell Wilson's attempted pass at the Patriots' 1-yard line was the 109th pass of its kind during this NFL season. But, it was the only pass of its kind to be intercepted.

"I thought they were going to run the ball," said Whitworth University head football coach Rod Sandberg. "I thought they should've run the ball sitting in the living room watching the game."

But Coach Sandberg is quick to also say that it is easy to judge from sitting on the couch, but this sentiment is one that's been expressed by not only Seahawks fans Monday, but many football fans too.

"I think it's crazy in the sense of a fan, the Seahawks identity has been give Lynch the ball and play good defense," explained Whitworth's Offensive Coach Alan Stanfield. "When you're in the end zone, that's the game plan, that's what you hung your hat on and that's what you're used to, so why not do that."

Both coaches admit the pass could have worked.

"I think they had justification for wanting to run that play," said Sandberg. "I don't think statistics bear that they had to run the ball there, and time management doesn't say they had to run the ball there."

The Whitworth football players also made it a point to give credit where they felt credit was due - to Patriots rookie Malcolm Butler.

"He [Butler] jumped that like Usain Bolt was coming out of the blocks, like he jumped that quick, he made a spectacular play," said Whitworth Cornerback LJ Benson.

But for fans, regardless of statistics, the ultimate outcome of this game will sting for a while.

"It's going to take another Super Bowl to calm me down about this one," said Whitworth Quarterback Kevin Thomas.

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