I love hosting the prime time games in Seattle. It’s a great opportunity to showcase a great city, a loud and proud fan base, and the Seahawks always produce in prime time, owning the best home record on Monday Night Football in the NFL, 13-5.
This was a game that excited and scared me the most when the schedule came out, mainly because of the quarterback issues for the Seahawks and the high octane offense of the Packers. But I hate it when the enjoyment of a game gets sidetracked by bad officiating and controversy. yet that’s what happened last night in the Emerald City. Everyone already knows about the last play. It’s obviously the play of the game.
I won’t even begin to argue about that one except to say that I wouldn’t have been shocked for the call to have gone either way. Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate obviously caught the ball with his left hand, which ended up between the ball and Packers cornerback M.D. Jennings' body. Jennings obviously got both hands on the ball and had possession as well. Tate removed his right hand momentarily but put it back as he landed on the ground.
Did Tate ever lose possession in the process? No, I don’t think so. If you’re going to argue that he only had one hand on it, I’m going to ask if you’ve never seen a receiver make a one-handed catch before. Hell, I saw Tate make an incredible one-handed catch against the Chargers in 2010—it was one of my plays of the game.
If you then try to distract the argument with the obvious push Tate put on a Packers defender while the ball was in the air, I’m going to reply to you if you have ever, and I mean ever in the history of football, seen pass interference called on a Hail Mary pass. It’s a ridiculous attempt to try and say Tate should have gotten a flag in the first place which isn’t the argument at all. In a normal play, I’d agree, but not on the last play of the game on a Hail Mary. That will never happen and really shouldn’t as long as the push isn’t administered with a taser.