It's already been dubbed by the excitable American sporting press as the 'worst call in Super Bowl history.'
The decision to throw the ball on the 1 yard line rather than hand it to Marshawn Lynch was disastrous and has caused bafflement among observers.
Carroll, an extremely affable guy, said the game came to that play and accepted responsibility for the mistake. He then laid out the reasoning behind the move.
The Patriots were anticipating a run and so crowded the goal line. Reacting to this, Carroll and the Seahawks determined that they couldn't run the ball on all three plays because there was only 25 seconds left. They still had two downs left in which they could run the ball. He said second down presented the best opportunity they had to throw the ball, given the Patriots' defensive setup.