M.D. Jennings in the Nike Zoom Vapor Carbon Fly; Golden Tate makes the game-winning “reception” in the Nike Alpha Talon Elite Low.
words // Brandon Richard
After what was probably one of the most exciting weeks in the history of the NFL, all of talk will unfortunately surround the controversial call that ended Monday night’s contest between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks.
Played at the always loud CenturyLink Field, the game was a defensive struggle that featured Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers being sacked a total of eight times in the first half. The Seahawks limited the high octane Packers offense to just two field goals before halftime, while Russell Wilson and Golden Tate hooked up for a 41-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter for a 7-6 advantage.
Green Bay rallied in the second half, running 41 offensive plays for field goals of 29 and 40 yards and a 1-yard Cedric Benson TD run with 8:44 left to take a 12-7 lead. The two teams took turns coming up with stops, until Seattle regained possession with 46 seconds left to play in the fourth quarter.
On Green Bay’s 46-yard line, Wilson completed a 22-yard pass to wide receiver Sidney Rice on 2nd down to put Seattle within striking distance. A couple of long incompletions would follow, setting up 4th and 10 on the 24. Wilson dropped back, scrambled and threw a deep corner pass to Tate that was intercepted by Packers safety M.D. Jennings. Game over. Packers come back from disastrous first half to pull out an important game with playoff implications at one of the league’s toughest stadiums. Well, at least that’s what we thought.
Two officials behind the play made different calls; one for an interception, while the other called it a Seahawks touchdown. After brief deliberation, the call on the field was a touchdown, meaning Seattle had pulled out a miraculous victory. Even after being reviewed upstairs, the call on the field was upheld because replay can’t overrule possession per league rules. Video evidence clearly shows Jennings gaining possession of the ball and going to the ground, while Tate simple reached in with one arm in an attempt to take it.
Unfortunately, there is no good news on this front for the Packers. The NFL has announced that they are standing by the referees’ decision and will not overturn the result.
What are your thoughts on how Monday night’s game ended?
In earlier Week 3 games, the New York Jets broke the hearts of the Miami Dolphins in overtime; San Francisco was shocked by Christian Ponder and the Minnesota Vikings; the New Orleans Saints fell to 0-3 after losing in OT against Jamaal Charles and the Kansas City Chiefs; Tennessee topped Detroit in an overtime shootout; the Arizona Cardinals stayed perfect after routing the Philadelphia Eagles; Atlanta stayed hot with a dominant victory over San Diego; Peyton struggled again in a Denver loss to the red hot Houston Texans; the Oakland Raiders came back to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers; and the Baltimore Ravens held on to best the New England Patriots on Sunday night.
What football cleats were worn during this memorable week of football? Find out in today’s NFL Watch.
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Russell Wilson scrambles in a PE colorway of the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD.
Torrey Smith put together an unforgettable performance in the Under Armour Nitro Diablo Low just hours following his brother’s passing.
Matt Schaub lost a piece of his ear (true story) and still threw four touchdown passes in his Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD PE.
Carson Palmer drops back to throw a pass in Zoom Flyposite Nike football cleats.
Christian Ponder scrambles in a PE colorway of the Nike Lunar Superbad Pro TD.
Andre Brown filled the void in a PE colorway of the Nike Vapor Pro Low TD.
Jamaal Charles racked up 233 rushing yards in Reebok football cleats.
Blaine Gabbert threw an 80-yard game-winning touchdown pass in his Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4 PE.
Brandon Marshall dives to make a tackle in Reebok football cleats.
Nate Washington made this incredible catch in the Nike Vapor Talon Elite Low.
Jeremy Kerley caught a touchdown pass in the Under Armour Nitro Diablo Mid D Compfit.
Matt Ryan tries to find a receiver in the Nike Alpha Talon Elite 3/4.
Leodis McKelvin returns an interception in the Nike Vapor Pro Low TD.
DeMarco Murray hits the pylon in Supercharge Mid adidas football cleats.
A.J. Green makes a grab in a PE colorway of the Nike Vapor Talon Elite 3/4.
Beanie Wells finds running room in Super Speed 3/4 Nike football cleats.