For the next five days all anyone's going to want to talk about is the final play of last night's 14-12 win over the Packers. Which is really too bad, because the Seahawks played some damn fine football during the other 59:52 of the game.
For instance: check Football Outsiders' Quick Reads this morning. The Seahawk defense turned Aaron Rodgers into a sub-replacement level quarterback last night. That would be 2011-MVP Aaron Rodgers, he of the "Elite Quarterback" name. Over the past few years the Packers have had one of the most potent offenses in the NFL. The Seahawks held them scoreless for a half and sacked Rodgers eight (!) times. And then, when the Packers got their offense "moving" they were only able to muster up twelve points, including a failed two-point conversion.
Lost in all the hullaballoo over the final call of the game is this: The Seahawks played the Packers pretty even over the course of the night. They got a couple big plays when they needed them. The defense was dominant. At the end of the day someone's got to lose that game, and someone's going to win it. I'm not convinced that the "better" team lost. Any number of other plays could have been the pivotal moment in this game. It just so happens that it all came down to the last play. With a little luck and a little skill the Seahawks ended up with the win.
A lot of folks are going to say the Packers got jobbed. And they did lose out on a critical call (although Matt Erickson makes a pretty convincing argument that the refs got the call right). But one play does not a football game make. And Seahawk fans should feel good about the other 59:52 of this game, because the Seahawks played well enough to earn a victory against a good team.