How the disputed Packers-Seahawks play happened
The Seahawks beat the Packers, 14-12, thanks to a final, disputed touchdown catch, televised on Monday Night Football to a national audience. The play, and what surrounded it, has become a hot topic of discussion. Here's the timeline of how it went down.
With time expiring and the Packers leading, 12-7, Seattle has the final possession of the game and one last chance to score. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (above) scrambles to buy time and then launches a shot toward the end zone.
Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate sprints to the end zone, and with Wilson's pass heading his way, he shoves Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields to the ground.
Tate and Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings--among others--leap for the ball, with Jennings appearing to secure it and hold it close to his chest. Tate reaches his hand in and continues grabbing at the ball as the players fall to the ground.
Back judge Derrick Rhone-Dunn (left) and side judge Lance Easley (right) are the closest officials to make a call on the play.
Rhone-Dunn (right) waves his hands, believing the result of the play to be an interception. But Easley (left) signals touchdown, which overrides Rhone-Dunn's call, ruling simultaneous possession. If there is simultaneous possession, the ball goes to the offensive player.
The play undergoes a lengthy review, after which the touchdown call is upheld. Seattle wins 14-12.