There was no way the NFL was going to do anything other than what it did Tuesday by upholding the result of Monday night's disaster in Seattle. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, the league office issued a statement Tuesday supporting the decision not to overturn the controversial touchdown on the final play. The NFL cited the rule for simultaneous catch, claiming once the on-field officials determined Golden Tate and M.D. Jennings each had posession of the ball, even though Jennings clearly latched on first and pulled it to his chest while Tate extended one hand as the two fell to the ground, and the video review gave referee Wayne Elliot no evidence to overturn the call, it had to stand. To exasperate the Packers even more, the league admitted Tate pushed Sam Shields out of the way to get to the ball, clearly offensive pass interference that should have been called and would have ended the game. It was not and the missed judgement call can not be reviewed. The result of the game, 14-12 Seahawks, is now final.
The team vented by authoring several crisp, even profanity laced tweets before boarding the plane from Seattle. Mike McCarthy met the media back in Green Bay Tuesday afternoon and said there's no doubt Jennings intercepted the ball. The Packers know it, the league knows it and even the Seahawks know it but what's done is done. At 1-2, the Packers have to channel their anger and disappointment toward a team that has been feeling those emotions for months. The bounty scandal ravaged New Orleans Saints, 0-3 on the season, come to Lambeau Field on the final Sunday of September for what nearly amounts to a knock out game for two teams considered conference contenders.
On the link below, comments from McCarthy and Sam Shields about the travesty of the century at Centurylink Field and how the team is picking up the pieces.