The Packers feasted on Seattle’s third-down protection all game, changing time and time all over again. With the sport in the balance, Inexperienced Bay main by 5 facets, the Seahawks compelled one other third-and-9 on the 2-minute warning.
Aaron Rodgers dropped abet, faced stress from a Seattle blitz, and zipped a pass to Jimmy Graham over the center. The ex-Seahawks tight end snagged the ball alongside with his momentum carrying him ahead terminate to the main down line as he turned into tackled.
Officers dominated Graham earned ample yards for a first down. Replay review, with out reference to extra pictures, and some angles displaying that he looked down short, deemed the play stand as known as. Ball game. Packers 28, Seahawks 23.
A flabbergasted Pete Carroll, pissed off on the ruling, gave the sideline ref an earful after the play.
After the sport, Carroll turned into more diplomatic in regards to the decision now not being reversed.
“My guys suitable had been telling me it turned into short, you perceive?” he acknowledged, sounding exasperated. “It looked short and had they known as him short, then it would possibly perchance well perchance’ve been short. It’s miles the same thing final week: you call ’em a web, you let ’em web. They would now not overturn that one — I’m going abet to the Niners game, I wager. That’s how it goes.”
The Seahawks had a likelihood to total an fable comeback after a sleepy first half that noticed them rating down 21-3 on the spoil. Russell Wilson spun wizardry in the final two quarters, main three straight touchdown drives to chop the consequence in 5 facets.
After the protection got a quit, Wilson got the ball with 4:54 final. A fall by Malik Turner on first down that would possibly perchance salvage crossed midfield stymied the pressure, and a third-down sack on Wilson space up a fourth-and-11. With three timeouts and the 2-minute warning to attain, Carroll decided to eschew going for it and punted.
The Seahawks never got the ball abet.
“We had been by going for it in that sequence, but now not at fourth-and-11,” he acknowledged. “We view our odds had been so low. We had the total clock, we had the time, we had the total alternatives to quit them to rating the ball abet, and so we did now not desire to set up it all on one play. If it turned into fourth-and-5 or three or somewhere, we had been in the course of the total discussion of it, but it absolutely winds up being a sack and fourth and 11, sadly so.”
Carroll’s protection would possibly perchance now not rating a quit. Given how efficient the Packers’ offense turned into for a long way of the sport, it be fine to quiz the details in punting and risking never getting the ball abet.
The Packers transformed 9-of-14 on third downs, which turned into the account of the sport. Seattle compelled two third-and-longs on the final pressure. The major, third-and-8, Davante Adams, as he did all day, burned defensive abet Ugo Amadi out of the slot, and Rodgers positioned a excellent ball for the main down. Then Jimmy Graham made what ended up the sport-sealing play.
“I focal point on it be rather particular, reasonably of extra particular to rating the ball to Jimmy Graham on that final third down,” Rodgers acknowledged after the sport in the course of an interview with FOX’s Erin Andrews. “He turned into in Seattle, you perceive, for a few years.”
Seahawks fans know. And they’ll forever imagine he turned into short of a first down on currently.
Seattle had its potentialities on the facet motorway, but came up suitable panicked, review or now not.