In Seattle after the game, fans poured out onto the streets near the CenturyLink Field, trying to understand how the game took a turn for the worse.
The feelings were still raw when we approached fans — too raw to fully articulate.
“So sad,” said Shane Ruble.
“Disappointed,” said Miranda Abraham.
“So very disappointed,” said Donald Fitzgerald.
The Seahawks had pulled off amazing come-from-behind victories this year, and so many almost expected the team to score and win in the final two minutes of play just a yard away from the end zone.
That is, until Russell Wilson’s pass was intercepted at the goal line. Seahawks fan Brendon Wallace wanted to know, why didn’t they run the ball instead?
“We easily, easily could have got that, and we decided to pass and it makes no sense,” Wallace said.
Still, about 100 fans raised their Seahawks flags and staged an impromptu march through Seattle’s downtown, shouting “Sea-hawks!”
And there was something to celebrate. After all, the Seahawks had made it two consecutive Super Bowls.
“At the end of the day, there is always hope,” said Richie Mwanthi. “There is always next year and if not next year, there’s another year, and if not another year, there is always more years to come.”
And fans say Seattle thrives on being the underdog, and they can now assume that position once again.
Among other things, the loss means that many Seattle-area officials have lost bets with their counterparts in New England.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray will have to send Northwest salmon, coffee beans and a giant bag of Skittles to the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island.
We’ll also have to bow down to the Northeast. Our general manager Caryn Mathes will have to read a list of reasons of why Boston is better than Seattle.
But when Mathes steps out of the studio, she could look out our windows and see the Space Needle and a sidewalk devoid of snow. And she could walk outside in just a sweater and drive a few minutes west of the station and see this view:
Or look east and see this view: