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Seattle Seahawks Coach Says He Wakes Up At Night Thinking About That Final Play

02/05/2015 11:38 am ET | Updated Feb 05, 2015

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It's been four days since Super Bowl XLIX, but Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll still loses sleep over it.

“I wake up and can’t stop thinking about it,” Carroll told Matt Lauer in his first television interview since his team's gut-wrenching 28-24 defeat to the New England Patriots.

"It's been a whirlwind," he said. "I feel responsible for a lot of people right now."

More people watched the Super Bowl Sunday night than any other television show in recorded history. They also saw Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson get his potential-game winning pass picked off by the Patriots' Malcolm Butler right at the goal line.

“I watched your expression as you saw that play unfold, and you bent over at the waist, and my heart broke for you," Lauer said. “How were you feeling inside?”

Carroll replied that the immensity of that moment hit him "immediately."

"Within the instant of the turnover, the gravity of what just happened -- I understood."

Lauer also asked Carroll to respond to critics who say his play call with just 26 seconds left in the game was the "worst call" in Super Bowl history.

“It was the worst result of a call ever,'' Carroll pushed back. "The call would have been a great one if we'd caught it. It would have been just fine and nobody would have thought twice about it. We knew we were going to throw the ball one time in the sequence somewhere, and so we did, and it just didn't turn out right.”

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