The Referee’s blew a call in Seattle during the nationally televised Monday Night Football game, and for once the Seahawks weren’t the victims. The revered Green Bay Packers were in town to show this scrappy bunch of defenders what playing a real offense was going to be like. For 30 minutes the Seahawks defense showed the mighty Packers what Tony Romo felt like last week. The defense mauled the Packer offensive line and harassed Q.B. Aaron Rodgers to the tune of 8 sacks and 10 Q.B. hits. Chris Clemons collected 4 first half sacks, Brandon Mebane collected 2 and rookie Bruce Irvin had two sacks, including the first of the game.
The Green Bay defense held the Seattle offense in check as well holding the Hawks to only 53 yards in the first quarter. In the second Golden Tate hauled in a 41-yard pass from Russell Wilson to put the home team up by 7, which is where it was at the half.
Mike McCarthy and his staff should be given a huge amount of credit for the adjustments that were made at halftime, because the 2nd half was a different game all together. The Packer offense started to get things rolling in the 3rd quarter amassing over 174 yards and scoring 6 points. While the Green Bay offense was warming up the Seattle offense screeched to a halt amassing a yardage total of -1 in the quarter.
The 4th quarter had some fireworks with both teams driving up and down the field. Rodgers led his team on an 82 yard scoring drive that was assisted by… (anyone care to guess my next words?) a terrible pass interference call on safety Kam Chancellor. If the refs had made the correct non-call on the 3rd and 2 incomplete pass, the Packers would have punted the ball away down 7-6. Instead the drive ended with Cedric Benson scoring on a 1 yard dive. Brandon Browner however, made a nice play to prevent the Pack from getting the 2 point conversion. The Hawks then got their legs under them and drove 68 yards to the Packer 7 where Russell Wilson tossed an incompletion on 4th down to give the Packers the ball up by 5 and only 1:54 on the clock. On the first play of the Packer possession Earl Thomas hit Benson and forced a fumble which center Jeff Saturday recovered. Two short rushes later the Packers punted the ball. The Seahawks had 46 yards to go in 46 seconds with no timeouts. After an incompletion, Wilson hit Sidney Rice for 22 yards. The next 3 Wilson passes are incomplete which left Seattle with 46 seconds, 4th down and 24 yards of turf to go for the win. Russell got the snap and after a roll out Wilson heaved a jump ball that WR Golden Tate ended up with. Now to be fair he pushed Packer DB Sam Shields in the back to clear some space (this time the refs didn’t call it) and then went in the air to wrestle the ball away from defender M.D. Jennings. After some confusion with 1 ref calling it a touchdown and the other signaling to stop the clock, the touchdown was signaled and confirmed. The refs blew the calls, both the pass interference no call and the simultaneous possession call. They also blew the Kam Chancellor pass interference and a host of other calls all game. The final result was the Pack got jobbed.
However, Seattle once again physically abused another team and showed America that this “Legion of Boom” that resides here in the PNW is for REAL. 12th man, you have no reason to feel bad about “winning like this” especially given the number of times you have “lost like this”. Remember Vinnie Testaverde’s touchdown that cost the Hawks a playoff berth in 98? Regardless of the final outcome, the Seattle Seahawks took a very big step in regaining the status of “Contender”.