In an ironic twist of fate, the Seattle Seahawks think the referees jobbed them in last night’s Sunday Night Football matchup against the Green Bay Packers.
Head coach Pete Carroll and his players believe the refs made the wrong call on a fumble in the fourth quarter with the game on the line. Russell Wilson had just thrown an interception to Packers lineman Jayrone Elliott, who promptly fumbled the ball. A scrum ensued, and after it was over the Packers were awarded the ball after it was determined Green Bay had gotten possession of the ball.
However, offensive tackle Justin Britt had the ball coming out of the pile — a fact Seattle claims is proof they got robbed of a chance to win. Carroll noted this discrepancy, along with a general disgruntlement for how the game was officiated.
“They declared that they [the Packers] had the ball,” Carroll said, via ESPN.com. “Well, they didn’t. They didn’t point it out. …There’s a lot of things that happened in this game. That play in particular because it’s such a big deal to us to take care of the ball and get it. Justin did a great job to get that ball back.”
Here is Britt’s account of the play in question.
“Me and him kind of reached for it at the same time, and then all I know is he tried to pull it into him,” Britt said. “Then I pulled the tip and pulled it away. I walked away with it. Explain to me how that’s their ball.”
At this point in the game, when the refs gave Green Bay the ball at the Seattle 37-yard line, the Packers were up by a touchdown, 24-17. It didn’t take much work from this point to add three points to the scoreboard and seal the victory for the home team.
It’s ironic that Seattle would complain about referees making a controversial call about a game-changing play…against the Packers. After all, it was only a few years ago that the Seahawks won in Seattle, thanks to a God-awful, completely bogus call by some replacement refs who shall not be named.
You know, Fail Mary?
Still, it’s hard to blame a team that just started the season 0-2 from throwing a bit of a tantrum.