Found September 25, 2012 on NESN.com:

Via NESN:

We were all waiting for a call from the replacement officials that would cause the referee lockout to end. This may be it.

The Seahawks were trailing 12-7 on Monday Night Football with eight seconds remaining on the Packers 24-yard-line when Russell Wilson heaved back and threw a hail mary right into Packers safety M.D. Jennings arms. Or did he?

According to the officials, Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate managed to rip the ball out of Jennings hands on the way to the ground, but it sure didn't look that way. When both players landed, the two nearest officials gave two different calls, one touchdown, one waiving the play off. The touchdown call stood.

The play was even challenged, since it was within the last two minutes, and it still wasn't reversed. After a long delay before the Seahawks were able to kick an extra-point, Seattle won 14-12.

 


71 Comments:
  • I think it is the right call, a simultaneous possession goes to the offense, the refs made the right call.
  • It wasn't simultaneous, you need to recheck the video's The Packers had the ball first. It was an interception
  • Simutaneous doesn't mean they both touched the football at the same time .. Tate had his hands on it before Jennings got 2 feet in ... simultaneous means they both completed the play. *sigh*
  • Hey genius; that is EXACTLY what simultaneously means!!

    Another victim of our outcome based education system!
  • It was a foul first. Forget the interception... That should not even count.
  • Yes!
  • And you need to know the rules .. while Jennings had the ball first in his hands .. he was still in the air and not completed the play. Tate did what any receiver would do he also got his hands on the ball .. both came down ... both had control of the ball. The TD is the right call. But the Packers lost because of the non call on the Offensive Pass Interference.
  • green bay had the ball ,and u know it
  • It was NOT simultaneous possession. Gennings has full possession before Tate even gets a second hand on the ball. The NFL is just trying to save face with this atrocity. The entire nation knows what happened, and you should be embarrassed to even say this if you saw the play enough times.
  • Full possession means what? Tate's left arm is between the ball and Jennings chest ... When they came down Jennings has only one foot down.. NFL rules says you need 2 to complete the play.. at this point by rule it is not an interception... by the time Jennings gets his 2nd foot down Tate has his 2nd hand on the ball .. your upset over the wrong part of this play
  • Wow! Clearly the right call. (This isn't even difficult, no gray area at all) Don't hate "the call", hate "the rule".
  • I am not a packers fan nor am i a seattle fan. But whats fair is fair, Tate should have been charge with offensive foul. The game should have not ended on a screw up call, and even tho, the "officials" review the play, they still didnt call the offensive foul. Packers were rob from what was (clearly their win)...Go Cowboys...
  • boo hoo...one of the goldenboy teams didnt get their way...too freaking bad!!! seahawks beat them all night! all of you West coast haters can stick that in your boo hoo pipes and smoke it!
  • I live on the West Coast and I watched that call in disbelief,
    It showed the Green Bay player catching the bay and the Seattle player placing his hand on on the way to the ground. I feel sad for the SeaHawks if they claim this as a victory. It was a miscall by the one offical who said it was a touch down. That is all there is to it. No favaritism involved, Right is Right
  • I totally agree with you
  • As if any team who wins on a bad call says "Excuse me Mr. Commish give us a loss. We can't accept this win." Unfortunately bad calls are part of the game win or lose. We have lost our fair share of games on bad calls. I am not proud of it ... I don't like winning games like this.
  • for real seahawks suck and green bay had the ball ,stupied referee should be fired
  • The replacement refs stinkThat was clearly a pick. So all you Seahawks fans can just shut up.
  • First of all, you wouldn't say this if it was your time. You're an idiot. These refs are screwing up plays in EVERY game so far this season. I live on the west coast, and you're making us look bad. How can you say that Seatle beat them all night when they had fewer yards, fewer offensive plays and 6-7 minutes less possession time? Anyone that knows football knows that sacks never tell the whole story. Did I mention that you're an idiot?
  • Calling names really proves your point Lame ... I can easily assume if the roles were reversed you would say great play by the Packers and I would agree ... as a Hawks fan, I am saying Pack lost the game on the non call of offensive pass interference.
  • Being I am not a fan of either team, but just loves a fair game, I agree first, that the guy who stated "Boo Hoo" you're an Idiot, and where did you think Seattle really played better!?! The replacement REFS were awful, making bad calls all night!!! That was clearly possession of GB w/Seattle offensive interference, but, it is what it is! Get over it!!! Game over, on to next week!!!
  • Shut the hell up, greenbay had the ball, Jennings caught that ball and had it against his chest the whole time, while Tate had his hands trying to take the ball away from him...so talk what you know
  • Of all the "PRO's" on TV and radio, I have not heard ONE say that the call was good, so there you have it. Tate took his hand off the ball, that is not a touchdown, no matter how you slice it. The bad calls came all night, back and forth, but the two worst were the pass interference call against the Pack on a 3rd and 38!! and the final. One ref says no, the other yes, the whole seeing world says "NO"
  • O shut up your Seahawks fans. Your team is the WORST team in the whole league.
  • Lloyd, I'd be pretty mad if that were my team and you would too. There were horrible calls all night. You're an idiot, and would be b!!!hing too right now. Green Bay led in all of the key stats, except for the scoreboard that they got screwed on. Yes, sacked 9 times and STILL had more yards and possession time. The better team got screwed, but morons like you don't see that and just come here to try to make other people as miserable as your pathetic life must be. You're missing the point "LLOYD".
  • Santa Claus is comin' to town.....Seattle!!!!

    I don't really think you've been good little boys and girls but you sure gotta gift tonight!
  • Not sure what's so controversial about the play...looks like a TD to me!
  • Are you blind, The Packers caught the ball 1st it was an interception and no way can anyone see other than that.
  • thats how i feel too
  • Here is what I can say to that. You are all arguing about the wrong thing. The packers had to do only one thing to win the game and they did not do it. Play some defense. The game was over. It was over. All they had to do was knock the ball to the ground and it was over. Instead they all three had to try to be heros of nothing and catch the ball. All they had to do was knock it down. That my freinds is the tragedy.
  • ^^^^^ Golden Tate's retarded cousin wrote this.
  • The touchdown for Seattle on the last play of the game was a terrible call. The Packers definitely intercepted the ball. The referee that made the touchdown call should be fired.
  • i agree green bay had the ball
  • they are high school Refs...they don't know any better.
  • ..I'm a devoted Seahawks fan...and I feel the GB Packers pain...and I know they got robbed!!!I just wish we had been playing against the Black and Gold (Steelers) vs. Green and Gold..my feelings about this controversial call would resonate alot better!!!
  • It's good to see an intelligent view from the Seattle side. In the end, it doesn't matter who you want to win if it comes down to blown calls like this. It just ruins the game completely.
  • Im watching All Star Wrestling till the regular refs are back No more NFL for me its to disgustingI dont care who is playing and being a season ticket Holder I will ceremonsly burn those tickets
    every Sunday
  • Well I watch most of the game.first half was all Seattle, but when the cam back it was like they switch sides,Seattle suck as usual ,I am a Seahawk fan,I live here. Seattle did not show up again in the second half,The refs were really bad all weekend,I watch alot of the games. Yes Greenbay got ripped off,But its Seattle turn to get a break ,Like the Super Bowl they got ripped off by the refs..Its time to move on,GET the reall refs Back!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Everyone who was for the Packers needs to stop whinning! yea replacement refs have made several I mean several hundred mistakes, but they are only human. I don't care for either team, but have seen alot of miscalls for the refs so far this season, what makes this call any different? Just because it didn't go the packers way? You want to change the refs then get rid of the dumb ___ who is in charge of the NFL. Just quit crying over it, do something about it instead, its just a game!
  • well i am a packers fan all the way and the packers intecepted the ball and used of one ,but its ok cause green bay is coming back like a lion ,go green bay
  • Need to stop whining? You want this to continue? You want more games to be completely screwed up by the horrible refs? NO, EVERYBODY SHOULD BE WHINING, because it could be your team next!
  • like the regular refs never blow a call. yeah, right
  • That's not the issue, ignoramous!
  • Not like that!
  • After watching the videos of different views, it looks like Green Bay caught the ball first making it an interception. Seattle grabbed at the ball after the Packers' player.
  • I listened to Tom Brady this morning on WEEI. They asked him about the calls made against them Sunday night. His answer was, they should have played better. Greenbay should have played better. Never leave a game in hands of refs.
  • The regular refs don't blow a call like that, misterjay.

    Chaos!

    Fiasco!
  • I also watched the final play and from several different angles, it possitively looks like a interseption to me,Goodell is the chairman of the NFL and if he does not step in to resolve this, then he skould be fired along with the replacement refs.
  • i agree get rid of them .green bay had the ball
  • Chaos!

    Fisaco!
  • The bottom line is this...any intelligent Seahawk fan knows that we got away with one. No self respecting football fan likes a victory to come this way. Still, we can give it back and it's done. The call was correct and the NFL said so. the controversey should surround tate's push off on the defender in the end zone, that missed call lost the game for the Packers. God knows Seattle has had it's share of poor calls that resulted in turning the tide of the game. I have a strong feeling that the Packers will use this to their advantage become a better team as a result...let's move on!
  • If Mr.Jennings had such a good position on the ball why not just bat the ball away,game over go home a happy winner,Trying to be a "hero" cost your team the game.
  • This was an unbelievable game as far as the incompetency of the football refs! On this one particular play on MNF, first of all, the receiver for Seattle (Golden Tate) pushed off on the Packers defensive man to gain position to attempt to make the catch of the Hail Mary. He should have been flagged for offensive pass interference. Secondly, it was more than obvious (it wasn't even close) that Jennings had total possession of the ball in the air and after he hit the ground as well! Tate only had one hand on the ball during the whole controversy. It should have been a touchback for the Green Bay Packers. I am of the opinion that the referees got "caught up in the excitement" of the moment and the game and were not able to separate themselves from the home crowd and the drama of the moment. I do some high school football officiating myself here in my home state and this just motivates to want to pursue officiating on a professional level myself. Something has got to be done about the officiating in the NFL. There is too much at stake and too many careers on the line because of incompetency such as this!!

    Sincerely in Christ,

    PJW
  • at the end of the day.... the "w" stands in seattle's column... things like this has happened in every sport for as long as sports has been around
  • A Win no matter how the hawkers went about getting it, is still a Win.
  • I guess that would be fine if it was'nt for pride and honesty. Something to really be proud of huh?
  • interception and pass interference take your pick!and iam a vikings fan. i haven't enough words for cheese heads but to loose like that shouldn't happen! it's a disgrace, everone knows! goodell should step down for the good of the game!!
  • After reading the commissioner's letter I would say he is full of it. If he really cares about the fans he would listen to them instead of coming up with such a politically correct letter in order to make it look like he is doing his job! I don't think I can support such incompetence. I think I will go on strike as a fan until he sees the light!
  • Some of these same refs have already been fired by the lingerie football league
  • After all the bad calls in the game I think the game should be struck from the records since there is no time in the season for a rematch of the two teams.
  • C'MON fans, get your head out of emotions and look at FACTS: NFL rule says if one player has FIRST possession, second player can't just grab the ball and establish "simultaneous possession". Go back watch the replay--when M.D. Jennings caught the ball with BOTH hands, pulling it to his chest, Tate has only one hand, if any on the ball--his right hand is on Jennings' right forearm, NOT THE BALL. He removes his hand and grabs for ball as the hit the ground--FACT that his right hand is NOT on the ball until both players are on the ground establishes FIRST POSSESSION by Jennings, otherwise EVERY CATCH in endzone becomes "simultaneous"--which by definition means at the same time. Jennings clearly had FIRST possession, ball never left his hands even as Tate tried to establish possession, it's clear it's an INTERCEPTION but NFL will NOT say differently to save FACE on incorrect call. As for other penalties or how game was played--it's IRRELEVANT to that point, only this incorrect call ultimately affected the game.
  • You are all arguing about the wrong thing. The packers had to do only one thing to win the game and they did not do it. Play some defense. The game was over. It was over. All they had to do was knock the ball to the ground and it was over. Instead they all three had to try to be heros of nothing and catch the ball. All they had to do was knock it down. That my freinds is the tragedy.
  • Yes, the play should have been pass interference but since this call was not made, the right call was made. Both players had their hands on the ball when they hit the ground, and, as everyone knows, the tie goes to the offense.


    What I would like to know is why we are not talking about the other 59 mins of the game? Seattle man-handled Aron, sacking him 8 times. And what about the missed call (interence on Seattle) that extended the Packers drive and allowed them to score? Without that missed call, there would not have been the need for Seattle to pass a "hail Mary," they would have already won the game!


    All of you backseat commentators, did you watch the entire game? Or did you only see the last 49 secs on replay? There were many missed calls; the refs could easily (and should have) called pass interference on at least one of the plays leading to the final drive and score by the Seahawks. Let's not forget that the game is played for 60 mins, not 49 secs. Remember, interference calls are not reviewable.


    Yes, there were bad calls by the referees. One bad interence call allowed Green Bay to score, and one bad interfernce call allowed Seattle to score. Kind of even outs, doesn't it?


    I think that the Green Bay Packer's fans who are complaining the loudest are embarrassed at what happened during the other 59 mins of the game so they are conveniently forgetting about those minutes and just concentrating on the last 49 secs.


    Oh, and Mr President, stick to basketball!
  • Yes, the play should have been pass interference but since this call was not made, the right call was made. Both players had their hands on the ball when they hit the ground, and, as everyone knows, the tie goes to the offense.


    What I would like to know is why we are not talking about the other 59 mins of the game? Seattle man-handled Aron, sacking him 8 times. And what about the missed call (interence on Seattle) that extended the Packers drive and allowed them to score? Without that missed call, there would not have been the need for Seattle to pass a "hail Mary," they would have already won the game!


    All of you backseat commentators, did you watch the entire game? Or did you only see the last 49 secs on replay? There were many missed calls; the refs could easily (and should have) called pass interference on at least one of the plays leading to the final drive and score by the Seahawks. Let's not forget that the game is played for 60 mins, not 49 secs. Remember, interference calls are not reviewable.


    Yes, there were bad calls by the referees. One bad interence call allowed Green Bay to score, and one bad interfernce call allowed Seattle to score. Kind of even outs, doesn't it?


    I think that the Green Bay Packer's fans who are complaining the loudest are embarrassed at what happened during the other 59 mins of the game so they are conveniently forgetting about those minutes and just concentrating on the last 49 secs.

  • That's a lame 'argument', and a gross over-generalization of the broader issue and actually tries to minimize the Real impact of one critically timed, erroneous call. This call has impacted over $300M+ payouts in Vegas, effected the seasons of multiple franchises-not just these 2, and the playoffs. To say the Whole game is 60 minutes, and multiple calls were made/missed, while all true, is similarly true about 'Theoretical' Physics. Problem is, this error cannot be overcome by any future, subsequent actions/events. They mistakenly 'decided the game. Not their job.
  • Restart of the NFL season? pay back the Fans money for the games with out real ref's? NFL foot the bill for a rematch of the Pack and the Hawks? Possession was clearly in Jennings hands period. this wasn't even a bad call. Incompetence in the higher form all the way up to the highest level of management to have allowed this scenario the possibility to take place in the first place. Rematch with the regular refs. Who is afraid of that Speak now...
  • NICE CALL REF. GREENBAY DID CRADLE THE BALL. ONE FOOT CAME DOWN WHEN THE OTHER FOOT CAME DOWN SEATTLE WAS CRADLING IT AT THE SAME TIME. PER RULE BOTH CRADLING THE BALL OFFENSE IS AWARDED THE BALL. GOOD CALL.
  • No big deals, happens to the LIONS all the time' lol lol
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