SEAHAWKS-PACKERS: Did The Referees Get It Right?

The nationally televised game came down to the final play of regulation, with Seattle receiver Golden Tate coming down with the ball, or at least the NFL's replacement refs saw it that way. In the end, Seattle won in stunning fashion, 14-12.

QUESTION: Was the call that gave the Seahawks a 14-12 win over Green Bay on Monday the right call?

Was it a touchdown or interception? Was it a Seattle or Green Bay player who came down with the ball?

This is one that everyone - ESPN analysts to coffee shop consumers alike - will be talking about for days, perhaps longer.

It could be the straw that breaks the NFL's bargaining back and forces the league to bring back its regular referees.

Stunning is perhaps the only way to describe the conclusion of the Monday Night Football game between the Seahawks and the Packers, which was broadcast to a nationally televised audience.

The game's final play of regulation came down to a Hail Mary pass from quarterback Russell Wilson, who lofted the ball into the end zone some 30 yards out.

A group of players leaped for the catch. In the end, the ball came down in the arms of two players: Green Bay's M.D. Jennings and Seattle's Golden Tate.

(Click here to watch ESPN's video replay of the catch)

The game's referees - replacements filling in for the NFL's regular refs who are engaged in a labor dispute - called it a touchdown, giving the Seahawks perhaps their most controversial win. Ever.

Video replays showed Jennings, the defender, coming down with the ball tucked in his chest, with Tate's left arm wrapped around the defender and his right arm on the ball.

Even after reviewing the tape, the refs confirmed the play.

Touchdown. Hawks win. Packers jolted.

Even before the play, the referees made a number of questionable calls and penalties against both teams.

Let the brewing controversy over replacement referees explode all over the kitchen.

Afterward, users set the social mediasphere ablaze with criticism. Seattle Coach Pete Carroll said during his press conference that the referees explained that possession went to the offensive player.

The game's television announcers - including former coach and never bashful Jon Gruden - disagreed.

So we want to hear from you, Patch users. What do you think? Was the call right or not? Tell us in the comments below.

Margaret Wiggins September 27, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Really Brent? ... if there are several defenders clustered around the receiver and he only pushes one down... then it isn't a foul? And if they do not do "the smart thing" and knock the ball out of play, then they deserve to lose with a tie ball call? Sorry, just not reading the sarcasm if that is what you were meaning.
James Bielaga September 27, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Margaret, Yeah you got that right the push off by Tate non call was the bad call. The catch by rule was good as you don't get credit for catching the ball in the air...you get the start of a catch but you have to control the ball to the ground and get both feet inbounds to be a legal catch. Somehow ESPN with all their ex NFL players on staff including wide receives and Defense backs can't seem to figure that out. They keep talking about the initial touch of the ball...that doesn't make a reception as the ball can get knocked out, slip out of one's hands, or get taken away by another player before the play is completed. They are more vocal and have the media to express their opinion but still have yet to see one guy talk about when their feet hit the ground and who had the ball? Just amazing John Madden with his Telestrator in the play by play booth could of resolved the whole thing in less then 2 minutes...
Bob Martinek September 28, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Margaret and James, you have both nailed it. I get so frustrated with the sports world myopic view with regard to their sports icons. Seattle has as much right to a good team as New York, Green Bay, Dallas and New Orleans. But, now we have to prove it and move on to an exciting football season, welcome back to qualified refs, can't wait to see their screw ups.
Dan September 28, 2012 at 06:47 PM
James, The reason that they spent so much time discussing the initial touching of the ball is because that is when simultaneous reception is determined; not when they hit the ground. Thankfully, this discussion is almost over because not only did Russell Wilson get us a win, he also ended the lock-out!
Joshua Fye September 30, 2012 at 03:01 AM
Listen guys, I am a Green Bay fan and I was just as enraged as everyone else about the loss. But after I saw the play broken down the truth is that Tate had both feet on the ground and partial possession long before MD Jennings had both feet down. I saw a still frame that showed this without a doubt. The PI not getting called is frustrating also but I saw some clips of other games where people won on Hail Marys where there was PI on both sides and the refs did not call it. We just have forget about it and move on to the Saints.


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