Shane Vereen looked on as Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch got down to the goal line with a minute left in Super Bowl XLIX.
Eight days later, the New England Patriots running back joined NFL Network’s NFL AM to discuss what that moment felt like, seeing the Patriots’ 10-play, 64-yard drive answered by the Seahawks’ sudden six-play, 79-yard drive.
“The most sickening feeling you could probably have,” Vereen laughed. “Because we just marched down and scored and we’re up by four. And they just had an amazing catch by [Jermaine] Kearse and you figure Marshawn is just gonna punch it in.”
Lynch got the carry on 1st-and-goal from the five. But when Seattle elected to pass from one with 26 seconds left, the ball and the outcome switched hands as cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
The rest is history.
Vereen was asked what he thought would’ve happened to history had Lynch gotten another carry instead.
“I think it’s a different game, I think it’s a different ending,” the impending free agent said. “When I was on the sideline, and I saw where they had the ball in the situation, we were trying to get some plays together for the offense to try and get at least a field goal to tie the thing up. So my focus was mainly more on that, because I definitely thought they were going to hand it to him and he was gonna punch it in.”