WATCH: That Packers-Seahawks Monday Night Football Touchdown

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Some are calling it the first ever game-winning interception thrown by a quarterback. Others — particularly fans in Wisconsin — are calling it a travesty. In yet another setback for the National Football League’s replacement officials, the nation watched as two officials couldn’t seem to agree who actually caught the football on the pivotal final play of the Seattle vs. Green Bay Monday Night Football game, a catch that determined the outcome of the contest.

With Seattle trailing by five points and with only eight seconds remaining in the game, rookie quarterback Russell Wilson heaved a Hail Mary pass toward a cluster of players in the end zone. As replays would show, Green Bay defensive back M.D. Jennings got two hands on the ball and pulled it to his chest as he fell to the ground. Seattle receiver Golden Tate had one arm on the pass but clearly did not have control of the ball.

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Two officials ran toward the pile — as did Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and a host of cameramen and players — and after they briefly made eye contact, one signaled touchdown and the other waved his hands to stop the clock, the proper procedure before calling a touchback. Two officials; two different calls.

While the NFL rules state that a simultaneous catch is awarded to the offense, it’s hard to argue that this was a simultaneous catch. A review of the play from the officials’ booth — which a former official, speaking on Monday Night Football, said can be used only to determine if the ball was actually caught, not to decide which team has possession — upheld the play.

Chaos ensued, with media and fans all over the place, players leaving the field and the officials being summoned to a communication headset to speak with game officials. While the touchdown gave Seattle a 13-12 lead with no time on the clock, rules state that a point-after must be attempted. After a considerable delay, Seattle sent its kicking team onto the field and 11 Green Bay players scooped their helmets out of the equipment bin and stood on the field during the converted PAT.

Seattle won the game 14-12 on a last-second touchdown. At least that is what the stat sheet will say.

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calhounite1
calhounite1

Call was perfectly correct. Possession doesn't require 2 hands. Receiver got 1 hand and defender 2 hands on ball simultaneously. Dual possession continued all the way through both players hitting the ground.

And in jump ball hail mary situation, unwritten NFL rule is to allow players to jostle and push for position. Interference is suspended.

Play was reviewed and later validated by NFL.

May be the single greatest call ever.

Sean Fontaine
Sean Fontaine

sure... but the fact that there was a blatant push off preceding the catch means that who came down with the ball was a non issue

e-Sherpa
e-Sherpa

Accepting the situation waiting for it to go bad before doing something is irresponsible. Anyone stepping up now to complain lacks moral fortitude.The business that is professional football entertained you all and elevated emotions to a susceptible state and loaded in the commercials.  Chances are someone else got richer at your expense.Life never was, nor will it ever be, fair.

Dan Bruce
Dan Bruce

I don't see any way that the call can be reversed. More than $150 million in bets would have to be returned and then paid out again to different betters. I can't see gambling interests letting that happen.

As for the call itself, it seems there was pass interference against multiple Green Bay players that would have given Seattle the ball on the one? or two? yard line, with one more play.  

William
William

I have seen many games of refs getting the calls wrong. The media is simply making a glaring issue out of it. Any ref would have made the same call I believe.

Daniel Ferguson
Daniel Ferguson

There's a BIG difference between getting a few minor calls wrong (regular refs) and getting many calls wrongs, including game-deciding calls (replacement refs).  These replacement refs have affected the outcome of so many games to the point that they are practically deciding team records.  I might as well order a replacement referee polo shirt from nflshop.com because they are this year's biggest threat on the field.

5foot1
5foot1

 Really?  Then why did the other ref--right out there on the field--make a different call?  It's not the fault of the Sea Hawks but it has become their shame.

darrenwells
darrenwells

If the shoe were on the other foot, you dont think Green Bay would have accepted that call in their favor? You bet they would have trotted off that field with smiles on their faces!

Nonaffiliated
Nonaffiliated

Refs are always getting things wrong.  I really don't see any difference with the replacements.  I've been watching football for many years and there's hardly a game goes by without me shouting at the TV that the refs blew a call.  It happens. The regular refs are human too.   It's always been part of the game.

Clara D. Pare
Clara D. Pare

Seattle receiver Golden Tate had one arm on the pass but clearly did not have control of the ball...Zap21.com

Commentonitall
Commentonitall

What about the "field goal" that wasn't a field goal.  The pats were robbed and I take back my earlier statement about replacement refs, they just plain SUCK.

CutMeckTaxes
CutMeckTaxes

The "field goal" was at least open to debate.  Last night was a sham even Seahawk players have acknowledged.

Commentonitall
Commentonitall

It's just really sad and pathetic. I don't even want to watch anymore because the players and spectators are being robbed of watching a true NFL game. These people suck, my 4 year old nephew would have been able to call that properly. Subject: [newsfeed] Re: WATCH: That Packers-Seahawks 'Monday Night Football' Touchdown

William
William

And I am sure your not watching will decimate the league....