On a night when the Seahawks seemed more offensively challenged than the Mariners, the improbable happened. Golden Tate’s leaping, wrestling grab with Green Bay’s M.D. Jennings on a fourth down touchdown pass gave the Seahawks an improbable come from behind 14-12 win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday night at Safeco Field.
Faced with fourth and 10 from the 24-yard line with eight second left, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson scrambled around and heaved a desperation pass to the left corner of the end zone. Tate and Charly Martin were there amongst five Packers defensive players. Tate shoved one player in the back than leapt for the ball with Jennings. Both players game down with the ball. By NFL rule, the tie goes to the offensive player.
The Packers protested the call. By NFL rule, all scoring plays are reviewed on replay. The officials met and after 10 minutes of discussion, the ruling on the field was upheld. Both teams exited the field following the announcement, only to be brought back out moments later to kick the meaningless extra point.
With the consternation the past three weeks because of the replacement officials, you can expect this final call and outcome will also be highly debated.
The ending was a high point for an otherwise dull offensive showing for the Seahawks, particularly in the second half. Until the final drives, the Seahawks simply couldn’t get anything going offensively. It overshadowed a brilliant defensive performance by the hard-hitting Seattle defense that sacked Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers eight times in the first half.
The Seahawks took a 7-0 lead when Wilson hit Tate on a 41-yard touchdown pass. Green Bay answered with a pair of field goals, and then took the lead on a 1-yard touchdown run from Cedric Benson midway through the fourth quarter. The Packers went for two on the play, but Rodgers’ pass was broken up by Brandon Browner. It would loom large later.
Statistically, Green Bay outgained Seattle 268-238 in total yards and 22-14 in first downs.
Seattle hurt itself with 14 penalties for 118 yards.