Seahawks Beat Packers With Controversial Last Minute Hail Mary Play – Did NFL Replacement Officials Blow The Call?
Today, Drew Brees said in a radio interview with ESPN's Scott Van Pelt that the NFL replacement refs were "horrendous" and "an embarrassment to the NFL." If there is ONE play that backed up Brees' comments, it took place in the final seconds of the Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seattle Seahawks were in Green Bay territory down 12-7 with seconds to go in the 4th quarter. Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson took the final snap of the game, threw up a hail mary pass into the corner of the end zone. Five Green Bay defensive players and two Seattle offensive players went up for the ball at the same time, and at the end of the play, Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate wrestled the ball away from what seemed to be an interception from Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings.
Touchdown. Game over. Seahawks win.
But was it the right call?
As I mentioned earlier, it SEEMED as if the Packers had made the interception, but the officials ruled it a catch by Tate, resulting in a touchdown. Not just any touchdown, but a touchdown that clearly determined the outcome of a game. The play was even reviewed on replay and the officials upheld the call on the field.
What did you see in that video? Who had the ball? Was it an interception? Was it a catch? Was it a simultaneous catch? In case you were wondering, here is the official rule surrounding simultaneous catches in the NFL.
Rule 8, Section 1, Article 3
If a pass is caught simultaneously by two eligible opponents, and both players retain it, the ball belongs to the passers.
It is not a simultaneous catch if a player gains control first and an opponent subsequently gains joint control.
If that is indeed the rule, then Russell Wilson is indeed the first quarterback to ever throw a game-winning interception.
Is this the final straw after three weeks of terrible officiating by the replacement refs?