Seahawks 14, Packers 12 on controversial final score
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Tuesday, 1:50 a.m.
M.D. Jennings to Larry McCarren:
"I feel like I had the ball. I was shocked that they did not overturn that call."
Tuesday, 1:20 a.m.
From NFL rule book: "The Commissioner has sole authority to investigate and to take appropriate disciplinary or corrective measures if any club action, nonparticipant interference, or emergency occurs in an NFL game which he deems so unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of a game. The Commissioner will conduct an investigation under this section only to review an act or occurrence that he deems so unfair that the result of the game in question may be inequitable to one of the participating teams."
Tuesday, 1:12 a.m.
Russell Wilson's opinion of the game will not match the majority of people in the state he used to live when he piloted the Badgers to the Rose Bowl: "Great win and way to finish! Never ever give up! Defense was lights out!
#12thman was crazy loud! @Seahawks #gohawks"
NFL rule book: "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."
Jermichael Finley's postgame tweet: "Come on @nfl this (expletive) is getting out of Control. Caused us a (expletive) game. Horrible!"
Josh Sitton's postgame tweet: "That was (expletive). This is getting ridiculous! The NFL needs to get the refs back bfr we strike and they make no money!"
Tight end Tom Crabtree tweeted afterward: "13th man beat us tonight."
McCarthy: "You can just keep going. I'll nod my head. I don't know what to say. It's very disappointing. To have something like this happen, very disappointing."
10:41 p.m. Seahawks' 3rd Drive :45
Wilson to Rice. Ugh. 24 yard line. Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
Wilson deep to the end zone - SHIELDS SAVED THE GAME THERE! Broken up in the end zone. Game co-MVP? :18 left.
:12. 3rd-10 at GB 24: Rodgers bends his head upward to the sky. Helpless on the sideline.
Wilson...rushed...broken up again! Stopped by Woodson.
:08. 4th-10 at GB 24. One more defensive play ends it. Sounds like 2010 playoffs all over again. Wow.
Wilson scrambles...bombs for a jump ball - CAUGHT? NO!!!!! Golden Tate. Game over. Ugh. Simultaneous catch? Wait...M.D. Jennings INTERCEPTED IT!!!!!!!!!!!!! They must look at this.
Replay refs must look at this. Take 10 years to look at it. Make the right call, refs. Make the right call.
They don't. Commence the anger from Lombardi Avenue to Park Avenue. Apparently the phone # to Roger Goddell's office there is 1-212-450-2027.
10:36 p.m. Packers' 3rd Drive 1:52
PHEW! Benson lost the football at the two yard line, nearly stopped for a safety, but recovered in Packers territory. Joe Pisarcik was nearly channeled there.
3rd-2 at GB 2: this game ain't over yet. Still some time left for Seattle. Danger zone.
Kuhn slams to the 4. The defense must clinch this one. If the special teams does its job, that is. Seattle blocked a punt last week.
:57 left - take a safety and let the Seahawks kick a field goal to tie? Nope. Punt. Caught. Washington. 55 yards to a win for Seattle.
10:19 p.m. Seahawks' 2nd Drive 8:44
Huge character drive by Packers offense. Now, will the Packers' defense respond with character of its own for the next 8:44?
At least there won't be overtime.
PICK! McMillan! That. Is. Huge. But so is the flaggage, where Wilson released the football. Walden. Roughing the quarterback. That kills huge Packers momentum.
Lynch limps after a tough first down run. But he stays in. Fights through the pain. He is a tough cookie.
Wilson shows more mobility. 12 yard run across midfield. Treating Packers defense like it's Purdue or something.
MORE Packers flaggage? Not this time. The most needed holding penalty the Packers have had all night. Obamanu. Way away from the play.
Wilson deep? Not this time. Shields owned Rice, and Rice collared Shields. HORRIBLE CALL!!! They picked Shields for pass interference? A slight push in the first five yards, and Rice horse-collared Shields? 37 yards on the refs there.
3rd-1 at GB 16: Wilson on an option run? Smith racked him up. Loss. Field goal time.
4th-2 at GB 17: Lynch...up the middle...more than a first down. Legs churning got him an extra yard-and-a-half. His thighs may win this game for Seattle.
3rd-6 at SEA 10: Wilson finds Hayward, but Tate stops him short of first down...tick...tock...two-minute warning.
4th-3 at SEA 7: Game on the line...and...Wilson to the end zone - tipped off a Seahawk's hand! DAGGER!
9:54 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 14:46
Green Bay 14, Seattle 7
Benson 1 yd TD run (2-pt play no good)
Double-teaming of Irvin is helping Rodgers get time, though he still got nearly decapitated during the first play of the drive, an incompletion.
Benson. Cutback. Seattle knew it was coming. More first down running needed.
3rd-9 at GB 20: ARod to Finley! Again, he makes the tough catches, tends to drop easy ones. Packers will take this one.
No-huddle time. Bad throw by Rodgers with the key pass, but like the change of pace to make Seattle's fast defenders get a bit out of whack.
3rd-10 at SEA 32: Rodgers is money again! Jones "was sandwiched" at the 44...but a tough catch in traffic. Credit ARod and credit the offensive line when they had to protect the MVP.
Benson back on the ground, but Seattle is adjusting.
3rd-2 at SEA 47: FLAGGAGE on the guy who smashed Finley on the drop.
If the Packers get this drive into the end zone, it's a character drive. Character drive against a fantastic defense.
Jones again...great catch. Sherman draped his arms around Jones' torso, but he caught it with his hands, like you're supposed to. First down.
Oh no. Greg Jennings gets nailed for a personal foul, as Browner shows his muscles after cheap shotting Jennings helmet-to-helmet. Thanfully, offsetting.
Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhn! 1st down on a dump-off to Kuhn. 11 yards from the lead.
Rodgers...scramble...pump...JENNINGS! FINALLY! End zone!....or maybe not. Looks like his foot slipped before he extended the ball over the goal line.
3rd-.25 at 1.25 yard line: Oh. Huge. Very huge.
Rodgers takes it himself...1 yard line? Yes. No touchdown, but four more chances at it...except the refs blow the spot. REALLY blow the spot.
4th-.25 at 1.25 yard line: field goal. Get the points...hold the phone! Red flag from McCarthy's pocket to hand to rubber turf.
And for good reason...Rodgers barely...BARELY...got the first down. 4 more shots at it.
1st-goal at SEA 1: Benson...up the middle....YES! Late indication, but the McCarthy call gave Green Bay 3 points.
9:53 p.m Seahawks' 1st Drive continued from 3rd quarter
3rd-5 at SEA 22: another MUCH needed incompletion. The Packers' defense, if they continue this performance, may have the more important defensive halves of dominance than Seattle's mauling of Green Bay's pass pocket.
But a long way to go.
9:49 p.m. Seahawks' 2nd Drive 1:14
Marshawn Lynch is forcing gang tackling. Six guys had to take him down on first down. Beastly. True.
3rd-5 at SEA 22: coming up.
9:36 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 5:50
Seattle 7, Green Bay 6
Crosby 40 yd FG
Momentum has begun to edge...slightly edge...towards the Packers in this first half. Did Seattle make adjustments to stop the Packers' running game?
3rd-5 at GB 17: Obvious passing down. Can the O-line hold up?
Rodgers has to scramble...and a GREAT deep diving catch by Finley, the guy who sometimes can't make the easy catch. 31 yards that they DESPERATELY needed.
"Just the kind of catch we've been waiting for Jermichael Finley to make." - Larry McCarren
3rd-5 at SEA 29: Benson toss sweep right...nope. But thanks to another Seattle penalty - the 11th of the night. That might save Green Bay's hide tonight.
3rd-3 at SEA 22 - FINILEY! MUST HOLD ON! Wait....12th flag of the night on Seattle? Nope. Just a bad drop, though Sherman might have played a part by mugging him before the throw.
9:27 p.m. Seahawks' 1st Drive 8:07
Flaggage late after a kickoff that gave Seattle pretty good field position anyway. Extracurriculars hurting Green Bay this time.
Big ol' Ryan Pickett just sandwiched Marshawn Lynch. Lovely.
Perry! Huge sack at the 20 yard line! 18 yard loss. That's almost Bob Griese/Bob Lilly-like.
3rd-32 at SEA 20: make that 3rd-37 after a five-yard penalty. Washington...draw play...not gonna get 37 yards.
9:15 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 15:00
Seattle 7, Green Bay 3
Crosby 29 yd FG
Can the offense play any worse than they did first half? Uh, let's not test that theory.
Good way to start the half - get Seattle thinking about the running game. Six yards for Benson. Make the D-linemen think run. Get into run possibilities on 3rd down.
Benson again, and no 3rd down needed. Fabulous cutback running. Eight yards.
Benson right. Benson cutback.
3rd-4 at GB 40: Fast throw to Jennings...and he barely gets the first down. One-step drops will stop a pass rush.
Benson! Nine yards. More cutback running. He's getting three tight-ends left and cutting right.
Yellow hankies for 15-yard penalties after personal fouls by Seattle will help, too.
McCarthy isn't trying to commit to the run. He's trying to commit to something that can work. Five and seven-step passing plays don't work right now.
Benson now in the passing game on a dump-off pass. Offensive MVP so far, after just one drive.
3rd-2 at SEA 20: Larry McCarren said "not a time to settle for a field goal." They won't have to - yet - after 12 Seahawks on the field.
Play action this time...Kuhn for a short gain. Dink. Dump. First extended dropback pass play that worked so far. Larry: "Not a heck of a lot going downfield."
3rd-5 at SEA 10: Rodgers...DRIVER? Hope. Through his hands, but he lost control as his feet dragged out of bounds.
8:53 p.m. Seahawks' 3rd Drive 2:17
Tim Masthay has saved the Packers for the moment. A 56 yard punt drives Russell Wilson and company back deep to the one yard line...for now.
A seven-point deficit after eight sacks in one half - that is a victory in one sense, if the Packers' defense can hold the Hawks.
But a first down run after the two minute warning...and an injured Packer. Jerel Worthy down, though he comes off his own power.
They're seemingly willing to pound the ball with Lynch. Surprising. Why? We'll see if Wilson goes deep here.
Nope. Willing to let the clock run out, seemingly.
8:42 p.m. Packers' 3rd Drive 6:22
A big Cobb return would give a MUCH needed sparkplug. Not gonna happen. 24 yard line.
Momentum is needed. Quickly. Seattle tackling after quick catches are giving no chance to do so.
3rd-6 at GB 28: Phew. James Jones. 14 yards after a bobble that scared me and many others.
6th sack of the first half. Saturday beat. Coverage sack. Thankfully, a face mask saves Green Bay on this drive so far.
Wayne Larrivee: "The Packers are getting overwhelmed at this line of scrimmage by the Seattle front."
Point proven again by a Seattle sack. Again. Seven sacks. 2nd-27 coming up.
Make that eight sacks. I have NEVER seen eight sacks in one half by an opposing team against the Packers.
8:34 p.m. Seahawks' 2nd Drive 9:24
Seattle 7, Green Bay 0
Wilson-Tate 41 yd TD pass
Holding in the backfield stopped Russel Wilson's first down scramble. In fact, twice.
Uh oh. Whistles blow. Push. Shove. All after an offsides call on Worthy. Matthews points his finger to his noggin to tell him "use your head."
3rd-4 at SEA 33: Wilson. Scramble. Got past Matthews outside and his speed was too much. That. Is Rare.
So is a personal foul on a Packers defender. Usually very disciplined, not known for being dirty. D.J. Smith got nailed for it after getting pushed down first by a Seahawk. Refs, you missed the first guy.
Tate. Touchdown. Deep. Ugh. Williams beat.
8:25 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 11:38
Cobb muffs. Must catch the ball first. Then run for daylight and the goal line.
89 yards against this defense...not good.
Cobb FINALLY breaks loose a rather-big gain. 20 yard run out of the shotgun. Saturday/Lang owned their guys.
ARod to Jennings - fantastic adjustment to a pass behind him on the back hip. There's the clockwork we've waited for. Bing. Bang. Bigger gains.
3rd-6 at GB 48: Rodgers sacked for the 5th time tonight. Clemons flushed Rodgers out, and all Bulaga could do was hold Irvin. Seattle D-line has dominated so far.
8:23 p.m. Seahawks' 1st Drive 13:14
Five yard runs by Lynch are even impressive when he can drag five Packers tacklers that extra yard. This guy is a serious churner.
FINALLY! Raji gets a stop on Lynch, with a hog-tie around Lynch's shoulder pads.
3rd-5 at SEA 22: Wilson now 0-for the game so far with pass plays on 3rd down. Tight Packers pass coverage is saving them so far today.
8:19 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 15:00 left in 2nd quarter
Benson gets a head of steam after a fake handoff. The dump off pass has been most effective for ARod. Still nothing deep all day. Packers aren't giving the deep option.
3rd-1 at GB 46: Play action. Seahawks didn't bite. Coverage sack. Bulaga got beat. He needs to block an extra second for this pass offense to be successful Four sacks. Not good.
8:10 p.m. Seahawks' 3rd Drive 1:31
Wayne: "It's been pretty ugly as far as the Packers are concerned, but at least it's still scoreless."
Lynch FINALLY gets a less-than-four-yard gain. Ryan Pickett had the hole plugged like a clump of hair in a drain.
3rd-7 at SEA 39: Wilson has forever until blonde hair in Clay Matthews' wake scares Wilson to death and forces a throw-away. Three-and-outs may be needed in this dental tooth pull of a game.
8:00 p.m. Packers' 2nd Drive 5:59
99 yards, anyone?
D.J. Williams with a bit of a clear-out play ahead of him, and he used a simple square-out for 11 yards.
Slippage...fallage....Cedric Benson may have been pushed into Rodgers. Nope. Rodgers simply slipped. Bigger cleats necessary.
3rd-10 at GB 12: Rodgers to Kuhn on one of those dump-off passes not in first down territory. John Kuhn is tough. He's not Jim Taylor, breaking through three tackles. But the Packers get a reprieve by Clemons' offesides.
3rd-5 at GB 17: Jones gets the job done on an easy slant pattern, the unguardable kind when run properly.
Yellow flaggage. Illegal hands to the face on Sitton. 10 yards and that's a deflator.
Sack time, thanks to great coverage downfield and Irvin beat Bulaga again. Bulaga first had control, but Irvin is wayyyyyy to quick.
3rd-26 at GB 8: A get-some-field-position short throw to Nelson. Larry: "This has been a trip to the dentist."
7:50 p.m. Seahawks' 2nd Drive 10:36
It's now a field position battle after the first two possessions. 90 yards-plus to the end zone, but Wilson gets his first two passes complete. He will not be fazed. He's a rookie. He'll make mistakes. Wilson will not be fazed.
Make that three straight passes. Short stuff. Simple square outs. Simple throws. Get a rhythm. Not good for the Packers' defense.
It took the fifth tackler to get to Marshawn Lynch as he rambled for a first down. Four tackles missed.
The missed tackle count on this drive: from four to tive after a six-yard run. This defense is not that physical.
Wilson takes his first shot deep and Shields did a great job on Sidney Rice, but Charles Woodson got tangled with Martin with his sometimes on the borderline physicality. It went over the border.
3rd-4 at GB 44: McMillan with a great knockdown, diving for the ball on the route to Obamanu. If he fails, it's a BIG long gain.
The Masthay punt to the nine yard line saved this drive. But now, the Seahawks special teams sets up a field position battle. 99 yards, anyone?
7:45 p.m. Packers' 1st Drive 13:03
Play action start for Rodgers...and he takes it himself after about 13 pump fakes. First down. He didn't do what his predecessor was known for - pump fakes 10 yards down the field that, actually, sometimes worked.
Benson gets naaaaaaathing. Zero on a screen pass. Zero on a left side run. Seattle knows how to top the run, apparently.
3rd-10 at SEA 49: Rodgers sacked on a three man rush. "Unforgivable." Nothing is that, but Bulaga let Ervin beat him. Should have had help from the right guard, who was in another zip code.
7:40 p.m. Seahawks' 1st Drive 15:00 left in 1st quarter
FIELD GOAL! Well, not really. Crosby just booted a ball 75 yards through the uprights. If they need a 63-yarder or more, maybe.
Wayne on stopping Marshawn Lynch after a 4-yard gain to start the game: "It will take gang tackling. You'll have to bring population to get him down."
3rd-2 at SEA 28 (and the Lynch factor can cause that): make it 3rd-7 thanks to a false start on the line, the left tackle. Hmmmm...who's he trying to stop? Some guy named Clay Matthews, on pace for 48 sacks entering the game.
Why? Was proven there because Wilson had to scramble for his life. He threw the ball away.
Coin flip time: Benson, Masthay, Williams the Packers' captains.
Packers win the toss and defer. Seattle will start with the ball.
McCarthy to Wayne Larrivee on the weird Sunday-Thursday-Monday schedule:
"It feels like we're coming off the bye week...we knew this was going to be a different schedule, up and down, playing quick, then a long layoff. I felt good about the week of preparation...we're ready to go."
On the better play in the Chicago game:
"We made a big improvement from week 1 to week 2. Offense has been about the same. We improved the run game to week 2. Defensively, we improved greatly."
On playing against Seattle's 12th man:
"I look at it as the focus on our football. Anytime you have a pressure situation, you have to utilize it as an energy source. It tightens our focus."
On the relative lack of offensive explosiveness so far in 2012:
"It's important for our offense to improve...be as efficient as possible. We're not going to force things. We know the points will come."
WR Greg Jennings will be on the active roster for tonight's game. Who won't? Among those: Tom Crabtree at tight end.
Also: Boykin, House, Lattimore, Manning, Richardson, Starks
Is 4:11 p.m. Pacific time in Wayne and Larry's booth. As Wayne Larrivee tweeted, "5:30 local time start, this is a late afternoon game here."
Sunlight on the Pacific coast. If the Packers take a 28-0 lead early, Seahawks fans can stare at a beautiful sunset.
Nearly 16 years ago to the day, a Packers blowout win in Seattle exemplified the dominance Mike Holmgren's team had in starting off its season 5-1 on its way to a Super Bowl championship.
They won that game in scintillating, and sometimes swashbuckling style. (I think you can guess who I'm refering to as the team's swashbuckler.)
Here's some more Packers pregame reading for you:
- Larry McCarren's pregame points to ponder (he'll be calling the game tonight with Wayne Larrivee on Newsradio 620 WTMJ)
- Willie Davis' new autobiography (I've been reading it myself - fascinating life story and wisdom)
The Packers have an interesting combination of tests coming tonight in Seattle.
They face the Seahawks, who pose a double threat of power running in Marshawn Lynch and disciplined passing in former Wisconsin Badgers QB Russell Wilson.
They face the loudest outdoor crowd in the NFL.
They also face the effects of what happens when your practice schedule gets turned upside down, inside out and round (channeling an inner Diana Ross) by what the NFL game schedule makers do to your team with a Sunday, a Thursday and then a Monday night game.
"It's really stressful for the players to go through two competitive football games like that in four days. It's good for us," said Packers Coach Mike McCarthy on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News" about the layoff he gave his team in preparation for tonight's showdown in Seattle.
That showdown involves a Packers defense which owned the mistake-prone Jay Cutler, against a quarterback who won't make make as many mistakes.
"(Wilson is) a talented young man. This is his third start. He definitely improved from week 1 to week 2," said McCarthy on 620WTMJ.
"He's an athletic player. He looks very comfortable for how young he is. He has command of the offense."
"You watch him on tape. He know how to get out," added defensive lineman Ryan Pickett to TODAY'S TMJ4.
"His feet are real good. His feet are excellent. He sees people coming. He steps in in the pocket. We have to cut his lanes off and make him stay in the pocket."
The Packers must also cut off the running lanes to a physical back in Marshawn Lynch.
"(Lynch is) clearly the most, with Adrian Peterson off the top of my head, the most physical runner that we'll play this year," said McCarthy on Newsradio 620 WTMJ.
The Packers, especially Aaron Rodgers and company, must also handle a crowd in Seattle that is known for creating airplane-level decibels of noise.
"It's clearly a home field advantage for the Seahawks, particularly in their end zones," said McCarthy.
Expect the Packers to use lots of silent snap counts and signals in no-huddle or audible situations.