The NFL came out with a statement today saying that they will not overturn the call from last night, and that Seattle did win the game. Taken from ESPN.com, here is the full statement from the NFL.
In Monday’s game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, Seattle faced a 4th-and-10 from the Green Bay 24 with eight seconds remaining in the game.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a pass into the end zone. Several players, including Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate and Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings, jumped into the air in an attempt to catch the ball.
While the ball is in the air, Tate can be seen shoving Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields to the ground. This should have been a penalty for offensive pass interference, which would have ended the game. It was not called and is not reviewable in instant replay.
When the players hit the ground in the end zone, the officials determined that both Tate and Jennings had possession of the ball. Under the rule for simultaneous catch, the ball belongs to Tate, the offensive player. The result of the play was a touchdown.
Replay Official Howard Slavin stopped the game for an instant replay review. The aspects of the play that were reviewable included if the ball hit the ground and who had possession of the ball. In the end zone, a ruling of a simultaneous catch is reviewable. That is not the case in the field of play, only in the end zone.
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.
I do not agree with this statement and clearly saw that Jennings intercepted the ball in the endzone, but a number of Green Bay players had some reactions of their own. First, I’ll begin with the tweets sent out by players after the game. Due to some explicit language, I have edited out certain words…but you’ll get the picture.
First of all, if you follow TJ Lang, you saw the outrage in his tweets last night. He said,
“Got (blank) by the refs…Embarrassing. Thanks nfl”
Then he goes on to tweet,
” (blank) it NFL…Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.”
Josh Sitton had some very harsh words for the refs as well. He went on to say,
” The nfl needs to come to gb and apologize to us for (blank) us. These refs r bums!”
Here are a few more tweets from players.
In addition to tweets, there were also live reactions. The first thing out of Aaron Rodgers’ mouth as soon as he took the podium after the game was,
“It was aweful. It was aweful. That’s all I’m going to say about it.”
Rodgers was also asked if he had ever suffered a worse loss, in which his response was “No”.
You could see the frustration on the face of Head Coach Mike McCarthy as he took the podium as well, and with good reason. Here is what coach had to say,
“Don’t ask me questions about the officials. So let’s cut it right there.”
According to Vic Ketchman Packers.com, McCarthy also had this to say about the game.
“I’ve never seen anything like that in all my years of football. Our defense was outstanding, very hard to swallow. It’s important for us to get back and get ready for the Saints.”
So as McCarthy says, we’ve just got to carry on, and just wait for the game against the Saints next week.