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The Seattle Seahawks have not been able to play since Week 2 of this 2011season.
While the Seahawks offense was undoubtedly sloppy, Pete Carroll, the Seattle head coach, had a particular problem with Sunday’s officiating. It played a role in the game’s outcome.
“They played a huge part in yesterday’s game,” Carroll stated Monday on 710 ESPN Seattle , per ESPN.com. They were an integral part of yesterday’s game. In an effort to ensure that we are on the same page, and that we work through it together, we play the game together. These guys are people I have known for a while and they treat me with respect. We have a job and they have a job, so we need to work together to solve it. It’s not always easy to see each other, but that was yesterday. “
The issues started quickly. A Wilson third-down scramble was seen on the Seahawks’ opening drive. This allowed for a Seahawks’ first down. However, play was stopped due to an injury to a Packers player and officials then ruled Wilson was short of first-down line, causing a fourth-and-1 from the ‘Hawks 41.
“There is a fellow injured on the play, and so time passes,” Carroll stated. “We had a first down, and we were in the team huddle. We break the huddle and are at the line of play ready to go. They stop the game and reverse the play. The way we understand it is that the booth has like 20 seconds to make those decisions to overturn a call that might have been wrong on the field. They had minutes upon minutes to make those decisions. I’m not sure if they opened the time frame to view it. I don’t know. It’s not clear how it happened. “
Carroll said that officials had told him that the spot would not be altered to give the Seahawks an early down, if he was to challenge. Monday, he said that he felt pressured to make a decision because of the time limit.
” “I’ve never seen it happen before like this,” Carroll stated. “As they explain it to me, they have already started the shot clock so I don’t know the distance on the play until they’re looking around. It’s the fourth. We have to kick the football deep. I think that’s what I am thinking. I was too busy to figure it out in time so I decided to just go for it. “
Rodgers lost a snap in second stanza. Seahawks defensive lineman Darrell Taylor emerged from the dogpile carrying the football. However, the Packers were ruled to possess the ball. Carroll challenged the ruling and it was upheld.
“Darrell was lying on top of the ball and the quarterback was reaching beneath him,” Carroll stated. “Darrell had it since the moment the ball touched the ground. He leaned on the ball with his chest and was lying on it. It’s hard to imagine how they looked at the ball. The guy is reaching under him, and he’s lying on the ground. They gave it to the offense. That’s quite a play. That’s a huge play in the game. “
Replays of King’s interceptions appear to show that the Packers cornerback lost the ball on the ground during the third quarter. The turnover came on a third-and-10 play from the Packers 12. The conventional wisdom says that the Seahawks would have had a chance to tie the game if it was ruled an incomplete play.
“When the ball is thrown, Russ intercepts it in the end zone. I don’t know why, but I can see the ball on ground,” Carroll stated. “The guy has to complete the catch, and I don’t know why that was done in that way. They called it, saw it and all. That’s a point on the board. Russ tried his luck right then, but it didn’t go our way. We were there to kick the field goal. “
The Seahawks trailed by 3-0 after each Rodgers fumble or Wilson interception.
In the final box score, the Packers nearly doubled the Seahawks in yards (393-208) and the penalty tally saw Seattle flagged five times for 38 yards and Green Bay penalized three times for 43 yards.
Carroll believes that calls that weren’t made played a key role in the game. This is outside of the numbers for Seahawks who fell to 3-6.