Good morning. We’ll have our regular Monday Morning QB chat today at noon, so stop by if you have time during lunch today.
For now, here’s reaction from Seattle’s crazy, 14-12 win over Green Bay on Monday Night.
Here’s my game story. At 2-1, the Seahawks have a bit of franchise history on their side: Since 1999, the Seahawks have made the playoffs the past four times they’ve started the season 2-1, including two years ago when Carroll led the Seahawks to the playoffs in his first season with Seattle, becoming the first team to make the postseason with a losing record at 7-9.
John McGrath of The News Tribune attempts to describe the chaos that ensued after Golden Tate’s 24-yard touchdown catch on the final play. McGrath: “When order is restored in the NFL, when the messy, goofy, awkwardly paced games officiated by replacement refs begin looking like games resembling professional football, Monday will be recalled as the crazy night all heaven broke loose for Seahawks fans at CenturyLink Field.
“Down to its last snap, Seattle beat the Green Bay Packers, 14-12. At least that was what the scoreboard showed after the Seahawks’ extra-point kick, which followed a huddle of frantic officials on the field, which followed a replay review for a play that wasn’t reviewable, which followed Russell Wilson’s Hail Mary pass that may or may not have been caught by Golden Tate in the corner of the end zone.”
Dave Boling of The News Tribune writes that Russell Wilson capped a forgettable performance with an unforgettable score on the final play.
Don Ruiz of The News Tribune focuses on Seattle’s dominance on defense in the first half, with eight sacks against Aaron Rodgers. “It’s something to smile about,” Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons said. “But we just have to continue to grind it out and get ready for St. Louis this week.”
Art Thiel of Sportspressnw.com says that the Seahawks were on the right end of a wrong deed. Thiel: “The game was everything absolutely right and absolutely wrong with the industry at the moment. A superb thrash of a match that ended with the wrong team winning. Yes, the wrong team, Seahawks fans — Green Bay’s M.D. Jennings had the interception in the air and on the ground. But by the time the referees arrived, they made it the scene of a sporting crime.”
Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times writes that Tate’s catch helped Seattle emerge with a signature win over Green Bay on Monday Night Football. Brewer: “On the final play of the game, a team sputtering and spewing to score points turned to its smallest wide receiver for the biggest play. And Golden Tate caught it, or co-caught it. By the grace of replacement refs, the Seahawks won on a Hail Mary. The Green Bay Packers might consider it a Fail Mary, but as they say in football, simultaneous possession goes to the receiver.
That is what they say, isn’t it?”
ESPN’s Mike Sando writes that chaos and confusion overshadow a good game between the Seahawks and the Packers. Sando also believes the M.J. Jennings intercepted the ball in the end zone.
Steve Mariucci breaks down Golden Tate’s final catch in this video link.
The Monday Night Football crew breaks down the final play in this video link.
Eric Davis, a former NFL defensive back working for the NFL Network, had the best breakdown of the play I’ve seen in this video link.
Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that the Packers contingent in the press box was obviously unhappy with the final call last night.
Matt Bowen of the National Football Post writes that the league should be embarrassed by the finish of the Monday Night game.
Mike Silver of Yahoo Sports believes the last-second craziness at CenturyLink Field will serve as an impetus to get the regular officials back on the field. Silver also claims that Wilson called the wrong play on the final play of the game.