I like most people carved out a little bit of time to watch some of the Super Bowl this past Sunday. Even if I this was not the case I am pretty sure that I would have learned about the intercepted pass that occurred at the goal line, which ended up costing the Seahawks the game. This is because it was the only thing being talked about on social media. To be honest I fully agreed with everyone’s opinion, until I read an article from the New York Times. The article “Game Theory Says Pete Carroll’s Call at Goal Line Is Defensible” pointed out that the decision to call that play had a lot to do with game theory and the use of mixed strategies. The article made it clear that a certain degree of randomness is needed in all play calls made in football in order for a team to be successful. This is because if a team becomes too predictable then it will be extremely easy for the other team to call the correct counter play and stop them. This is why Coach Carroll decided to run a pass play rather than a run play. Since in this situation a run play is typically the most commonly called play, it would have been an optimal choice for the Patriots to call a counter play for a run play. Therefore Coach Carroll did not want the Patriots to be ready for a run, but instead decided to do something that was less likely. The article also pointed out that Marshawn Lynch may only have such impressive statistics due to how effective Coach Carroll is at using mixed strategies. This is because the defensive team not only have Marshawn Lynch to worry about, but also Russell Wilson. Since the defense has to worry about both running and passing plays they are unable to play a dominant strategy, because they do not have one. So, contrary to what everyone believes the play call that was made was actually the correct one.