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Seahawks defeat Packers thanks to controversial last-second call

Russell Wilson threw a Hail Mary touchdown as time ran out to win the game. This game will be talked about for a long, long time.

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Replacement ref admits it was an interception

Oops! The replacement ref who worked the now infamous Packers-Seahawks game said he may have made a mistake.

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Locked out ref weighs in on MNF drama

Walt Anderson, a locked out NFL referee, weighed in on the final play of the Packers-Seahawks game. In an interview with Kevin Kietzman on WHB in Kansas City, Anderson said,

"I would've reversed it to an interception. I just feel like that the defensive player established control, certainly a greater degree of control than the receiver, both in the air and going to the ground. Just the fact that a receiver ends up having a hand on the ball does not necessarily constitute control. I felt like, watching it live, it was an interception. And watching all the replays, I would've come to the same conclusion had I been making the decision."

Anderson went on to say, "But it's pretty clear-cut, in terms of who has control whenever they finish the process of the catch. In my mind, I feel like it's an interception."

Anderson has been an NFL referee since 2003. Before that, he served as a line judge for seven years. He worked as a dentist before retiring in 2003.

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Aaron Rodgers: 'I just feel bad for the fans'

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had plenty to be livid about after losing Monday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks on a controversial call by replacement referees, but he sounded more frustrated than angry in comments made on The Aaron Rodgers Show Tuesday morning.

When asked what he thought of the officiating that gave the Seahawks a 14-12 victory on a Hail Mary pass that appeared to be intercepted by Packers safety M.D. Jennings, Rodgers addressed the broader issue.

"First of all, I've got to do something that the NFL is not going to do, and I have to apologize to the fans. Our sport (has) generated a multi-billion dollar machine, by people who pay good money to come watch us play. And the product on the field is not being complemented by an appropriate set of officials. The games are getting out of control," said Rodgers.

Rodgers later added that he was unimpressed by the NFL's statement about the call, saying that they were "covering their butt." He didn't go as far as to post NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's phone number on his Facebook page, or make any profane comments, but it's clear the eighth-year veteran is incredibly frustrated, and rightfully so.

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The Packer Meltdown

Packers fans were outraged when the referee made the final ruling in Monday night's game. See what happened here.

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NFL sides with officials in MNF controversy

The NFL released a statement Tuesday in which they addressed the controversial final play in Monday night's game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks. But fans expecting the league to come out and say the replacement referees did a terrible job will be disappointed. The NFL concluded that any time two players go to the ground with the ball, the catch always defaults to the offensive player, which in this case was Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate.

The league agrees with referee Wayne Elliott that there was no indisputable visual evidence to overturn the call on the field. In other words, they did not conclude that M.D. Jennings, the Packers' defensive back, had full possession of the ball, as it was shared with Tate, who gets the nod because he plays on offense.

Referee Wayne Elliott determined that no indisputable visual evidence existed to overturn the call on the field, and as a result, the on-field ruling of touchdown stood. The NFL Officiating Department reviewed the video today and supports the decision not to overturn the on-field ruling following the instant replay review.

The result of the game is final.

Rules cited include everything in the NFL rulebook that has to do with completing a catch, which includes having clear control of the ball all the way to the ground. It's an odd rule to cite given how unclear everything actually was on that play. There are simultaneous-catch rules, which are cited at the end of the statement that corroborate the earlier note that offensive players get the nod in those situations.

Outside of the actual catch and the simultaneous rules, the NFL agreed that there should have been an offensive pass interference call when Tate shoved Sam Shields, and that it should have ended the game. Such a play is not reviewable in instant replay, however.

For more on the Seahawks, be sure to check out Seahawks blog Field Gulls and for more on the Packers, head over to Acme Packing Company.

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Seahawks and Packers fans re-live the catch

How excited were Seahawks fans after the catch? How bummed were Packers fans? Find out here as fans from both teams digest the Monday night hail Mary.

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Seattle's stellar defense overshadowed by ending

The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers, 14-12, on a controversial last-second touchdown on Monday night, and the ending will be hotly debated in the weeks to come. Lost in all that debate will be how well the Seattle defense performed against one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.

Danny Kelly, of SB Nation's Field Gulls, understands the ending was botched, but the dominating performance by the Seahawks front-four has him excited:

Outside of the final hail-mary debacle, the Seahawks' defense was the real story of the game, for me. Seattle's attacking pass rush sacked Aaron Rodgers eight times in the first half and had him pressed on nearly every play. Chris Clemons played out of his gourde on the outside, grabbing a ridiculous four sacks, four quarterback hits, and four tackles for a loss; Brandon Mebane was unblockable on the inside, racking up two sacks and three quarterback hits, and rookie Bruce Irvin added two sacks and three quarterback hits.

The Seattle defense held the Packers to just 268 yards on a meager 3.9 yards per play. Aaron Rodgers was under siege for most of the night, and could get nothing going down the field, leading to just 5.7 yards per pass attempt. Factor in the sacks and Rodgers' scrambling efforts, and the Packers gained just 201 net yards on 49 dropbacks.

It was an outstanding effort by the defense and that will have Seahawks fans excited about their chances going forward. With the win, the Seahawks move to 2-1 and look to contend in a challenging NFC West.

For more on the Seahawks, be sure to check out Seahawks blog Field Gulls and SB Nation Seattle.

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Kevin McCauley reacts to Monday Night Football

Reacting to the Packers-Seahawks Monday night showdown, Kevin McCauley of Acme Packing Company wrote, "the final play of the game was a complete farce."

The Packers and Seahawks played a 60-minute football game on Monday, and ran a combined 119 plays, but most fans, players, and bloggers are focused on the final seconds of the very last play.

He goes on to say:

"Golden Tate interfered with Sam Shields in the end zone, then M.D. Jennings intercepted Wilson. The referees signaled for a touchdown, and the Seahawks won.

If any good comes out of this play -- which was only the worst call in what was almost certainly the most poorly officiated professional sporting event I've ever watched -- it will be the event that forces Roger Goodell to pick up the phone to the professional referees and ask them to name their price. If the Packers had to lose to save the integrity of the NFL going forward, at least this nonsensical game did some good for sport."

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NFL will discuss MNF controversy

Following a controversial ending to Monday's Packers-Seahawks game, the NFL is expected to address the final play on Tuesday, according to NFL.com.

The league will have to explain whether referees were correct in awarding Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate with a game-winning touchdown. The touchdown was originally justified under the NFL's Rule 8, Section 1, Article 3, Item 5, which reads:

"If a pass is caught simultaneously by two eligible opponents, and both 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 you haven't seen the play, Seattle's Russell Wilson threw a Hail Mary pass as time was expiring, with the Seahawks trailing by five points. Several Packers defenders went up for the ball in addition to Tate.

Two referees who were close to the play signaled different calls: One ruled that Tate had caught a touchdown. The other simultaneously indicated that Green Bay defender M.D. Jennings had caught the ball, thus resulting in a touchback.

After review, the play was ruled a touchdown, and Seattle won the game.

For more news, notes and analysis from around football, check out SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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Watch controversial play: TD or interception?

The refs blew the call on the final play of the Packers-Seahawks game and here's why that's great news.

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Players lash out at replacement refs

Monday night's game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers ended with one of the most -- if not the most -- controversial calls in NFL history.

A hail Mary as time expired was ruled to be a game-ending touchdown for the Seahawks, even though the play appeared to be a Packers interception and touchback.

The outrage started immediately on the broadcast and on Twitter, as analysts and fans alike voiced their displeasure in the call by the replacement referees.

Not long after the game ended, NFL players and other notable sports figures began chiming in on the decision. Here is a roundup of the reactions.

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Watch controversial play: TD or interception?

If there was a perfect way to cap Week 3 of the NFL season, it was this. Standing in the end zone at CenturyLink Field, with a pile of bodies at their feet, two replacement refs signal two different things. There was no time on the clock. The Seahawks could only win with a touchdown. And the ball came down in the hands of two players -- one a Green Bay Packer, the other a Seahawk.

As the crowd roared, the refs gave different signals: one holding both arms up for a touchdown; the other waving his arms as if the pass was intercepted. This, friends, was the nightmare scenario for the NFL. After all the headshot and bad calls this week -- and all season, really -- this was the perfect visual ammo for the NFLPA.

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M.D. Jennings went up over everyone and brought the ball in. He had it first, and it was pretty dang obvious. Golden Tate managed to not only latch on, but convince the referees that he had the ball.

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That's Jennings' ball, right? Look closer. Sure, everyone in the crowd erupts, but Jennings appears to have had control. He's the one over everyone (43) going up to high-point the ball.

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This angle, coincidently, was shot from about where the back judge was looking at the play. He was the one who called it an interception.

But you know what? I'm a Seahawks fan. I lived and died with this game. So hey, keep the replacement refs. They just won us a game.*

*View subject to change when karma strikes next week.

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Hail Mary! Seahawks beat Packers

The Seattle Seahawks defeated the Green Bay Packers on an incredible last second hail mary attempt that ended with Golden Tate wrestling the ball away from M.D. Jennings. It appeared Jennings pulled down the interception but the refs ruled a Tate touchdown that resulted in a 14-12 Seahawks win. The play was reviewed on replay and the refs upheld the call to preserve the Seattle win.

With no timeouts and less than a minute to play, the Seahawks got one final chance after forcing a Green Bay 3-and-out inside their own 5-yard line. Taking over at the 45-yard line, Wilson would move the Seahawks inside the 25 before being forced to heave it into the end zone. An animated gif of the play:

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The amazing play ended a half in which the Packers controlled the ball nearly the entire 30 minutes. The Packers finally scored their first touchdown with just under nine minutes remaining in the game, taking their first lead.

Cedric Benson punched it in from 1 yard out for his first touchdown in a Packers uniform. It looked like Green Bay would settle for the third Mason Crosby field goal of the half, but Mike McCarthy challenged the spot on a third-down scramble by Aaron Rodgers.

The original spot, which was well short of the first down, was overturned and the Packers were given a new set of downs inside the 5-yard line. Benson took advantage one play later to take the 5-point lead. Green Bay had the ball almost the entire second half, with the Seahawks going 3-and-out on their first two possessions.

But Wilson and the Seattle offense would take advantage of one final chance, ending it with the amazing Tate touchdown.

For more on the Packers, visit Acme Packing Company. For all your Seahawks news and discussion, check out Field Gulls and SB Nation Seattle.

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Greg Jennings Injury: Packers WR Expected To Play On Monday Night Football

Wide receiver Greg Jennings will be on the field on Monday night when the Green Bay Packers visit the Seattle Seahawks, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jennings has been dealing with a groin injury that forced him to miss Green Bay's victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 2.

Jennings appeared in Green Bay's Week 1 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, catching five balls for 34 yards. After not missing a single game for three seasons between 2008 and 2010, Jennings missed Green Bay's final two games in 2011 with an unrelated injury before returning for the team's second round playoff loss to the New York Giants.

In 2011, Jennings caught 67 passes for 949 yards and nine touchdowns, but has been usurped by Jordy Nelson as Green Bay's No. 1 receiver.

For more on the Packers, head over to Acme Packing Company. For more news, notes and analysis from around football, check out SB Nation's NFL news hub.

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