Capping a week of questionable referee calls and heart-stopping finishes in the NFL, the Seattle Seahawks pulled off a dramatic upset of the Green Bay Packers on a last-play “Hail Mary” Monday night that will go down as one of the great finishes in NFL history.
The final play, which the referees erroneously ruled was a simultaneous possession to win the game for the Seahawks, served as just the culmination of an inspired performance by the Seahawks. Seattle improved to 2-1 on the year and will next host the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday afternoon.
The Seahawks were led by a fast and athletic defense that harassed quarterback Aaron Rodgers and the Packers all night long. In fact, Rodgers was sacked eight times in the first half, which is an unheard of number in this league. The Seahawks also held Rodgers and company in check in the second half, which allowed the Seahawks the opportunity for its miraculous last-play touchdown to Golden Tate.
Seahawks’ rookie quarterback Russell Wilson finished just 10 of 21 for 130 yards, but two of those completions were touchdowns to Tate. The Seahawks’ ground game also did just enough to help move the chains. Running back Marshawn Lynch led the way with 98 of the Seahawks 127 rushing yards in the game.
Despite the controversy Monday night, Seattle is showing the looks of a team worth monitoring this season. They can run the ball—Seattle ranked sixth in rushing in the NFL entering the Packers game—and the defense looks to be the real-deal. In addition, Wilson is a natural-born leader whose on-field intangibles are proving to be productive in the NFL, despite the skepticism.
The next challenge for the Seahawks will be putting Monday night’s emotionally-draining win behind them and preparing for a dangerous Bengals team. That could prove difficult.