What began as a fine defensive football game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers wound up ending as the blown call heard around the world. With no time remaining on the clock Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tossed a Hail Mary towards the endzone several players from both teams leaped in the air for the football and two came down with it (Packers DB M.D. Jennings and Seahawks WR Golden Tate) so the replacement referees say. It seemed as if Jennings had sole possession of the football which would have been an interception and resulted in a 12-7 Green bay victory however the refs deemed that the ball was possessed by both Jennings and Tate and ruled the play on the field a touchdown. The egregious ruling gave Seattle a controversial 14-12 victory and began debates across the entire sports world that probably won’t end until the regular officials return to action.
The actual game was a constant defensive struggle between two defenses that dominated the opposing offenses early and often, especially the Seattle defense who sacked Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and amazing eight times during the first half. Four of those eight first half sacks came courtesy of defensive end Chris Clemons by himself in the second quarter.
Wilson completed just 10 of his 21 pass attempts (including the most controversial one) for 130 yards and two touchdowns (both to Tate). Marshawn Lynch had a typical Marshawn Lynch game rushing for 98 yards on 25 carries and also threw a crucial block for Wilson in the backfield which gave him time to find Tate or Jennings or whoever caught the ball on in my opinion the strangest play to end a Monday Night Football game in the 43 year history of Monday Night Football.
After Green Bay’s first game of the season it seemed as though the Packers offense was fine and the defense was the unit where the problems were however what a difference a few games make. The Packers offense has yet to score a single point in the first quarter of all three games this season and their defense seems to be the unit that is making things happen for them. Last season’s NFL MVP Rodgers had yet another pedestrian game by his standards completing 26 of his 39 pass attempts (many of them were check down attempts and completions) for 223 yards and not a single touchdown. Green Bay’s lone trip to the endzone came via a Cedric Benson rush (17 carries for 45 yards and that score in total) but if the Pack wants to start winning like last season they need Rodgers to play like last season.
This game will forever be remembered for the bizarre, outrageous play during the final two seconds of the game and not for what happened during the other 59 minutes and 58 seconds of play. Up next for the Seahawks are the 1-2 St. Louis Rams on the road while the Packers will host the disappointing 0-3 New Orleans Saints.