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The other half of the Seahawks’ defense that allowed them to put the clamps on the Green Bay passing game was their fine young secondary which kept close coverage on the Packers’ receivers and made their share of plays as well. Their starting corners combined to allow only five completions for 58 yards on nine targets as they broke up a pass each. Meanwhile at safety Kam Chancellor (+2.7) had a display that couldn’t be tarnished by one of the dubious pass interference penalties that emerged from this game. The big play in this game though was reserved for and so nearly made by Earl Thomas. After Cedric Benson somehow rode the run blitz of Chancellor, Thomas flew in to strip the ball and force a fumble at the Packers’ goal-line. Packers’ C Jeff Saturday fell on the ball but you can’t help but think it would have been a far more fitting ending to this game for a Seahawk defender to fall on the football and set up Lynch for the game winning score.

NFL a mess after shame in Seattle; thanks Goodell -- you, too, regular refs - NFL - News, Rumors, Scores, Stats, Fantasy
The NFL is so wealthy it can afford to pay the officials gobs more than it does. Last season the average salary for a game official was nearly $150,000, and the NFL could afford to double it. And then the NFL could afford to double that. The NFL is printing money as fast as it prints tickets and TV listings and souvenir cups and licensed apparel and parking tags and ... you get the point. The NFL is loaded.

Packers-Seahawks call underscores need for real refs to return -
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Danny Amendola is going to make a ton of money as a free agent in the offseason. His quickness is hard to cover. If the Rams hadn't cut current Cincinnati Bengals receiver Andrew Hawkins before the 2011 season, they would have two of the quickest players in the NFL on their team.

Aaron Rodgers blasts NFL over Green Bay Packers' loss -
"NFL obviously cares more about saving some money than having the integrity of the game diminished a little bit," Rodgers said. "Let's remember who we're dealing with. We're dealing with an NFL that locked out the players and said we're going to stand firm in our position. I don't think any owner would be too upset about the deal that was finally agreed to by both sides. But this is the NFL who locked the players out and basically said to cities like Green Bay, who much of our economy out here relies on those 10 home games and the revenue that's generated from the hundreds of thousands of people who come through each week to either watch the game or be around the stadium. This is an NFL who gambled on some low-level referees, including the guy who makes the most important call last night, who's never had any professional experience.

Mike McCarthy: Packers-Seahawks was 'total chaos' -
"It was just total chaos. ... I remember saying (on the sideline) that there's no way he caught that ball, just (by) the reaction of Seattle's bench," he recalled Tuesday. "There was no communication from the officials. At that time, it seemed totally chaotic. When (the referee) made the official announcement, we just left the field."

Rookie QB Week 3 rankings: Andrew Luck edges RG3 -
Russell Wilson's Hail Mary will go down in history. (Even if he called the wrong play.) It will also erase any questions this week about whether the rookie is ready to lead this team. It seems like very little of the playbook is open to Wilson and he bails running to the right very often. The Seahawks are last in the league in yards per passing attempt on the season. The team is not asking Wilson to do much, but he still has a tendency to pull the ball down too quickly and run.

T.J. Lang: Green Bay Packers talked protest on flight -
"Whatever it takes, it's just a total embarrassment to everybody watching the game, the players in the game, it's not fun to be part of something like that. ... If it keeps going on, it's going to get ugly."

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"When they asked me to do this thing, I was like, ‘Gosh, I couldn’t be more undeserving for what I did on the field,’ " Dilfer said with a laugh. "But it was a transition time for the Seahawks’ organization and I think people really embraced the dynamic between Matthew (Hasselbeck) and myself, coach (Mike) Holmgren, that team and how I was a central figure in it. Blog | Up next: St. Louis Rams
Star power: Steven Jackson. The numbers for the Rams’ Pro Bowl running back are fairly pedestrian after three games – 41 carries for 140 yards and a 3.4-yard average. But the battering Ram of a back remains the team’s most-high profile player. His running style, however, comes with a price. Jackson often plays injured, which was the case Sunday. After not practicing all week because of a groin injury, Jackson had just 29 yards on 11 carries. He has, however, rushed for 1,000-plus yards the seven seasons. So stopping the Rams still starts with stopping Jackson. Blog | Tuesday in Hawkville: ‘They said the call was correct … so that’s it,’ says Carroll
"Yeah, I don’t care. I could care less about all that stuff," Carroll said during a segment on the "Brock and Salk" show when asked about all the hubbub that lingers. "The game’s played, they called it, we played with the officials that they set out there, we played with the team they put out there. And at the end of it, we throw the ball up and Golden (Tate) makes an extraordinary effort. "It’s a great protection. It’s a great throw. It’s a great attempt at the ball and he wins the battle."

Clemons again leading the charge on Seahawks D-line - Blog -
Really and truly, nobody else really gave me that opportunity," Clemons told "The Kevin Calabro Show" on Tuesday. "When I first got here, coach [Pete Carroll] told me that I had an opportunity to start. Everyone wanted me to rush on third down not thinking that I could play against the run for some strange reason. So when I got here coach Carroll told me, 'You've got a chance to start.' So my thing was take advantage of the opportunity that I had."

Bob and Groz Show - Podcasts -
Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson tells "Bob and Groz" about his disputed touchdown pass to receiver Golden Tate that gave Seattle a controversial win over Green Bay. Wilson also talks about the Seahawks' somewhat conservative offense.

FOOTBALL OUTSIDERS: Innovative Statistics, Intelligent Analysis | 2012 DEFENSIVE EFFICIENCY RATINGS
DVOA ratings represent value from the point of view of the defense, not fantasy football players, and include items that have no impact on fantasy football (such as how many interceptions are caught on passes intended to certain receivers). DVOA of defense against receivers does not include sacks or passes with no intended receiver listed. Passes per game and yards per game are more useful for fantasy football players. These numbers are adjusted based on the opposing offenses and include defensive pass interference.

NFL Videos: Eric Davis and Arizona Cardinals Larry Fitzgerald recreate Packers-Seahawks' Hail Mary
Eric Davis and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald take to the "NFL AM" field to recreate Monday night's crazy finish.

Brock and Salk - Podcasts -
The Seahawks' Head Coach reflects on a crazy Monday Night win over the Packers.

17 minutes with unapologetic Pete Carroll - NFC West Blog - ESPN
Decisive play: Carroll said Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings had the advantage over Tate when both players were in the air, but that Tate also had the ball when they landed. "It was simultaneous when they got to the ground," he said. Carroll acknowledged that officials missed clear interference by Tate, but he said regular officials miss those calls as well.

What else did we learn about the Seahawks-Packers game? -
Want a rundown of other stuff on a non-refereeing tip? Let’s go… – The Seahawks defense can get after it. I don’t know what it is about those NFC West teams, but they can play defense. The way Seattle does it is interesting. As one personnel man in the league pointed out to me last night, it’s like a college defense. Light, fast, and disruptive. The NFL is about passing now, and the best defenses can cover and pressure (as opposed to stop the run). Just like Pete Carroll’s groups at USC. As it turned out, Seattle stopped the run, too, but that’s not the overall goal. Guys like DE Chris Clemons (four sacks) and rookie DE Bruce Irvin (two sacks) introduced themselves to America.

Seahawks/Packers debacle was about more than 'one bad call' - SB Nation Seattle
Referees miss calls all the time. If you don't believe me, you haven't been a Seahawks fan long enough.

Seahawks Defense vs. Green Bay Packers 2012 (HD) - YouTube
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NFL Recap - Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks - Sep 24, 2012 - Game Recap
Asked later if he got his hands on Wilson's pass first, Tate wasn't so sure. "I think so. ... Oh, well maybe he did. But I took it from him," Tate said.

Mike McCarthy slow to adjust Packers' offense -
"The offense didn't do our part in the first half," McCarthy told reporters, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "I should have adjusted plans earlier. I'll take responsibility for that. "The one regret I have is not going to that plan earlier. With that, I'll take responsibility. We were wearing that defense down."

Russell Wilson reportedly called wrong play on Hail Mary -
Seattle quarterback called the wrong play in the huddle, according to Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports. "Instead of sending three receivers to the left corner of the end zone where Tate and Jennings ultimately fought for the ball, Wilson mistakenly called a 'Waggle' play which called for him to roll right while several receivers ran underneath routes," Silver writes.

Seahawks' defense sets up Monday night mayhem -
We wondered what would happen when a error by replacement officials cost a team a game. We're about to find out. Golden Tate's controversial, 24-yard touchdown catch as time expired set off one of the strangest end-of-game sequences in NFL history. Here's what else we learned in the Seattle Seahawks' 14-12 win over the Green Bay Packers.

Draw It Up: Larry Fitzgerald and the Eagles' Coverage Breakdown - The Triangle Blog - Grantland
There are only three undefeated teams left in the NFL: the Atlanta Falcons, the Houston Texans, and — wait for it — the Arizona Cardinals. Not only is Arizona's record a surprise, but to get there, they knocked off preseason favorites New England and Philadelphia, as well as a Seattle team with wins over Dallas and (however controversial) Green Bay. Most of the credit for Arizona’s perfect record has to go to its defense. Although the smart money remains against their ability to keep up this success, going 3-0 is extremely difficult in today's NFL, and Arizona deserves respect for that alone.