If Monday night’s final play between the Seahawks and the Packers doesn’t get the real NFL officials back to work – I am not sure what will.
The last play of the game with the Packers leading the Seahawks 12-7 saw Seattle QB Russell Wilson try a hail mary to the end zone, and the ball appeared to have been picked off by MD Jennings.
Instead, the refs ruled that Seahawks WR Golden Tate came down with the ball, and madness ensued as it gave Seattle an eventual 14-12 win after a few crazy minutes later the Hawks kicked the extra point.
Tate also committed apparent pass interference on the final play, but the evidence didn’t convince the referee to overturn the call upon review.
While Seattle gets the win, the game was marred by officials who should not be calling pee-wee football games. On the night, there was 24 penalties called and accepted in the game for a whopping total of 245 yards.
What will get lost in the shuffle of the win for the Hawks was how good their defense played. They had eight first-half sacks, and totally controlled the Packers high-powered offense.
Green Bay in the first half had just 87 yards.
The Pack though came back, and scored on its first three possessions of the second half to take a 12-7 lead with 8:44 left in the fourth quarter on Cedric Benson’s 1-yard plunge.
Aaron Rodgers was 26-for-39 for 223 yards with no TD’s. Wilson for Seattle was 10-for-21 for 130 yards with a pair of touchdowns, including the game-winner.
“Very unusual,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said of the setback. “Most unusual football game I have ever been a part of. I know it’s been a wild weekend in the NFL, and I guess we’re part of it now.”
The Pack fall to 1-2 on the season, while the Seahawks improve to 2-1.