By way of one of the most bizarre calls that you'll ever see in an NFL game, the Seattle Seahawks have defeated the Green Bay Packers, 14-12, on "Monday Night Football."

With the Seahawks trailing 12-7 and down to their final play, quarterback Russell Wilson heaved a desperation pass toward the end zone. Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings rose highest and seemed secure the ball but Seahawks receiver Golden Tate managed to get his hands around the ball as well. One referee raised his arms to signal touchdown while another official waved his arms, seemingly signaling a touchback (by way of an interception). After review, one of the initial calls on the field was upheld... SEAHAWKS TOUCHDOWN!

"This is the most bizarre sequence you'll ever see at the end of the game," ESPN play-by-play commentator Mike Tirico marveled.


Damien Woody
Was this game a Buffalo Wild Wing commercial?!?!

Of course, things only got stranger as the Packers left the field only to have to return in order for the Seahawks to kick the necessary extra point. In between the touchdown and the extra point, Seattle coach Pete Carroll conducted his postgame interview.


Jeff Darlington
So wait, now Pete Carroll is conducting a post-game interview before the necessary extra point?!? What...the...

Carroll's sideline remarks promise to be just the beginning of a lot of conversation on this controversial play.

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Along with just about everyone discussing the game on Twitter, Tirico and his ESPN broadcast partner Jon Gruden were both convinced the replacement officials ruled incorrectly on the play, also noting that they missed what appeared to be offensive pass interference by Tate.

"Golden Tate gets away with one of the most blatant offensive pass interference calls I've ever seen. M.D. Jennings intercepts the pass. And Tate's walking out of here as the player of the game," Gruden said in disbelief as the surreal scene unfolded in front him in Seattle. "Unbelievable."

Not surprisingly, Packers coach Mike McCarthy felt the same way.

“I was told M.D. Jennings intercepted the ball,” McCarthy told reporters after the game, via Michael David Smith at ProFootballTalk. “I’ve never seen anything like that in all my years in football.”

The controversial finish to the Week 3 finale, capped a tumultuous stretch for the overmatched replacement officials deployed as the labor dispute between the NFL and the regular officials drags on. From Patriots coach Bill Belichick accosting an official in the aftermath of his team's loss to the Ravens and the extra timeouts awarded the San Francisco 49ers to this surreal scene in Seattle, officiating is the inescapable story of the 2012 NFL season.

"From what I understood from the officials it was a simultaneous catch. Tie goes to the runner. Good call," said Carroll after the game, per The Associated Press, making him perhaps the last person still impressed with the job the replacements are doing while the NFL locks out their more experienced and prepared counterparts.

Based on his fiery (and profane) postgame tweets, Packers guard TJ Lang's opinion of Carroll will suffer greatly if he actually believes it was a "good call."


TJ Lang
Any player/coach in Seattle that really thinks they won that game has zero integrity as a man and should be embarrassed.


UPDATE: The NFL issued a statement on the ending of the Seahawks-Packers game on Monday night, defending the officials' decision to not overturn the call.

Referee Wayne Elliott determined that no indisputable visual evidence existed to overturn the call on the field, and as a result, the on-field ruling of touchdown stood.

The NFL Officiating Department reviewed the video today and supports the decision not to overturn the on-field ruling following the instant replay review.

The result of the game is final.


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  • Officials signal a touchdown by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, obscured, on the last play of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. The Seahawks won 14-12. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

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    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers on a controversial call by the officials at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers on a controversial call by the officials at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers on a controversial call by the officials at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass in the first half against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after he scored a 41-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Golden Tate #81 (R) of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with teammate John Moffitt #74 after Tate scored a 41-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is pressured by Chris Clemons #91 and Jason Jones #90 of the Seattle Seahawks in the first half at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: John Kuhn #30 of the Green Bay Packers looks on after he lost his helmet on a play against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 Green Bay Packers is pulled down by Bruce Irvin #51 of the Seattle Seahawks in the first half action at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)

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    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks looks to pass under pressure from Nick Perry #53 of the Green Bay Packers in the second half at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Mason Crosby #2 of the Green Bay Packers kicks a successful 29-yard field goal from the hold of Tim Masthay #8 in the third corner to cut the lead by the Seattle Seahawks to 7-3 at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball in the second half against A.J. Hawk #50 and Tramon Williams #38 of the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball in the second half against A.J. Hawk #50 and Tramon Williams #38 (obscured) of the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks runs the ball in the second half against A.J. Hawk #50 and Tramon Williams #38 of the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Jermichael Finley #88 of the Green Bay Packers drops a pass as he is defended by Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

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    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks is congratulated by head coach Pete Carroll after defeating the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 on a controversial call by the officials at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks wrestles with cornerback M.D. Jennings #43 of the Green Bay Packers after making a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 on a controversial call by the officials at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Cornerback Tramon Williams #38 (2R) of the Green Bay Packers argues with members of the Seattle Seahawks at the end of the game at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 14-12. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates after making the game winning catch as time expired against the Green Bay Packers winning 14-12 at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Cornerback Sam Shields #37 of the Green Bay Packers is called for pass interference against wide receiver Sidney Rice #18 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 14-12. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Cornerback Sam Shields #37 of the Green Bay Packers is called for pass interference against wide receiver Sidney Rice #18 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 14-12. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Cornerback Sam Shields #37 of the Green Bay Packers is called for pass interference against wide receiver Sidney Rice #18 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 14-12. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Tramon Williams #38 Green Bay Packers is pushed back by Evan Moore #82 and Heath Farwell #55 of the Seattle Seahawks during game action at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 14-12. (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks leaves the field after defeating the Green Bay Packers 14-12 at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Quarterback Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks is congratulated by defensive back Chris Maragos #42 as they leave the field after defeating the Green Bay Packers 14-12 at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers looks downfield under pressure from defensive tackle Alan Branch #99 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 14-12. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers on a controversial call by the officials at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Pete Carroll, head coach of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with Max Unger #60 and Clint Gresham #49 both of the Seattle Seahawks after defeating Green Bay Packers 14-12 at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Running back Cedric Benson #32 of the Green Bay Packers is congratulated by tight end D.J. Williams #84 after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 14-12. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Sidney Rice #18 of the Seattle Seahawks cannot hold onto the ball as Sam Shields #37 of Green Bay Packers interferes on the play in the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 14-12. (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Russell Wilson #3 of the Seattle Seahawks throws downfield as Clay Matthews #52 of the Green Bay Packers pursues on the the play at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 14-12. (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers is sacked by Bruce Irvin #51 of the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 14-12. (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)

  • Green Bay Packers v Seattle Seahawks

    SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24: Bruce Irvin #51 of the Seattle Seahawks sacks Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Packers 14-12. (Photo by Kevin Casey/Getty Images)

  • Matt Flynn

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Flynn warms up before an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Aaron Rodgers, Bruce Irvin

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, is sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin (51) in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • Bruce Irvin, Aaron Rodgers

    Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin, left, sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Aaron Rodgers, Bruce Irvin

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, left, is sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • Bruce Irvin, Aaron Rodgers

    Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin celebrates after sacking Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Russell Wilson

    Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson sets to pass in the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • Bruce Irvin, Aaron Rodgers

    Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin (51) sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) for the second time in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Golden Tate, Charles Woodson

    Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) catches a pass for a touchdown ahead of Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson (21) in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • Chris Clemons, Aaron Rodgers

    Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons, left, sacks Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Marshawn Lynch, Michael Robinson, Morgan Burnett

    Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) carries the ball as fullback Michael Robinson (26) blocks Green Bay Packers safety Morgan Burnett (42) in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers sets to pass against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)

  • Aaron Rodgers

    Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) passes against the Seattle Seahawks in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Tim Masthay, Mason Crosby

    Green Bay Packers' Tim Masthay, left, holds while place kicker Mason Crosby makes his second field goal against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Cedric Benson

    Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson (32) carries the ball downfield against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • Seattle Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner, obscured, breaks up a pass intended for Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones (89) on an attempt for a 2-point conversion in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

  • T.J. Lang, Cedric Benson

    Green Bay Packers running back Cedric Benson (32) kneels after scoring a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle. Packers guard T.J. Lang stands at left (70). (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)