Dave Boling of The News Tribune takes us back to last year’s Monday Night Football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers, when Golden Tate created some magic with the game-winning catch in the final seconds.
Although Tate got away with a blatant push on the play, Boling says the Notre Dame product’s athletic catch was the first big play that served as momentum for Seattle’s eventual playoff run.
Now, Tate returns to Green Bay to face the Packers today for the first time since the infamous play.
Boling: “Yes, it’s old news, but psychologically it might have been a turning point of the 2012 season. Remember the context. The Packers had been 15-1 the previous season, when quarterback Aaron Rodgers was the league MVP.
But the Seattle defense, behind Chris Clemons, sacked Rodgers eight times in the first half, and the Seahawks took a 7-0 lead on a 41-yard touchdown pass to Tate — one that fans probably have forgotten in the stormy aftermath.
Debatable as it might be, Tate’s catch on the final play to secure the 14-12 win was the first bit of big-play magic that helped the Seahawks power into the playoffs.”
More Boling: Pete Carroll takes these exhibition games seriously, so Seattle’s seven-game winning streak means something.
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Russell Wilson talks with Curt Menefee and Brian Urlacher of Fox Sports in the video below.
Pete Dougherty of The Green Bay Press-Gazette offers three things to watch for in tonight’s game.
Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel previews the game here.
Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Inquirer writes that Seattle native Taylor Mays is no lock to make the Bengals’ roster.
Chris Brown of Grantland has an interesting read on what young quarterbacks like Russell Wilson must do to become the next Peyton Manning or Tom Brady – learn what the defense is doing to them.