This is not what some people mean by “pay it forward”. Let’s take a look at the chain of events that led to the Seattle Seahawks’ brain fart with 20 seconds left in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl XILX.
The Dallas Cowboys got past the Detroit Lions in the Wild Card game after the refs picked up the flag on an obvious pass interference by Anthony Hitchens of the Cowboys.
The Green Bay Packers go on to beat Dallas in the Divisional Playoff after it was ruled Dez Bryant didn’t make a clean catch (which it was) that would have led to an eventual go-ahead touchdown for the Cowboys.
Green Bay coughs up a 16-point lead in the NFC Championship game and loses to the Seattle Seahawks.
Seattle had a 10-point lead in the Super Bowl against New England. They coughed up the lead but were down 4 points and driving for the eventual winning score. That’s until their final offensive play of the game. Malcolm Butler intercepted Russell Wilson’s pass at the goal line and the Patriots win.
What is the common denominator in this? If you get rewarded by a blown call or get a win handed to you, expect the tables to turn the following game or later on in the post-season. Just ask the Boston Bruins. They lost the Stanley Cup Finals to the Chicago Blackhawks after taking a 2-1 lead with 2 minutes remaining in regulation in Game 6. Two months earlier, the Bruins came back from a 3-goal third period deficit against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 7 of the first round.
Karma goes the other way to. This year’s Super Bowl was at the same venue where the undefeated Patriots lost to the New York Giants in 2008. So what about the apparent deflated balls the Patriots used to beat the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game? Time will tell but it seems to be just a lot of hot air now.