Sunday the surprising 2019 season for the Seattle Seahawks came to an abrupt halt on the road against the nemesis Green Bay Packers. The Hawks and Packers have had some memorable finishes in their postseason matchups over the year, including the 2014 NFC Championship game comeback led by Russell Wilson and Matt Hasselbeck’s “We want the ball and we’re gonna score” proclamation that didn’t work out so well in overtime of a Wild Card game following the 2003 season.
That said, the matchup Sunday brought several memorable moments on both sides of the ball. To start off, let’s take a look at how fans enjoyed Shaquem Griffin’s first career sack (Author’s note: Interestingly, Griffin’s teammate on the defensive front and fellow 2018 draft pick Rasheem Green also recorded his first career sack on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the Thursday Night Football game between the two teams in 2018.)
Shaquem Griffin gets his first career sack on third down. WOW.— Joe Fann (@Joe_Fann) January 13, 2020
Shaquem Griffin on his first career sack and celebrating his his brother: pic.twitter.com/phQ95GiGbA— Adam Jude (@A_Jude) January 13, 2020
Entire #Seahawks sideline going bonkers over Shaquem Griffin sack on an inside-loop stunt, Unblocked. huge— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) January 13, 2020
The Griffin brothers—@Shaquemgriffin & @ShaquillG—combined to sack Aaron Rodgers in 2.77 seconds, the 2nd-fastest sack of the postseason.— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) January 13, 2020
The sack was Shaquem Griffin's first of his NFL career.#SEAvsGB | Powered by @awscloud pic.twitter.com/EgRHsNBY3U
SHAQUEM GRIFFIN IS THE DEFENSE'S AGENT OF CHAOS— Alistair Corp (@byAlistairCorp) January 13, 2020
That was Shaquem Griffin's first career sack. Nicely timed, eh?— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) January 13, 2020
Reminder: Shaquem Griffin ran the fastest 40 for a linebacker in combine history. You can see the speed here. pic.twitter.com/nKxF60iP3D— The Out Route (@The_Out_Route) January 13, 2020
Remembering when Shaquem Griffin ran his 40 at the Combine in like 3.56 seconds (estimated)— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) January 13, 2020
Look at @Shaquemgriffin with a big 4th quarter play in Lambeau in a Divisional Playoff Game!— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) January 13, 2020
Shaquill Griffin : 3 tackles & 1 pass defended— Lee Harvey (@MusikFan4Life) January 13, 2020
Shaquem Griffin : 1 sack pic.twitter.com/30lHgrH7I2
And, as has become the norm over the past two seasons, wide receiver Tyler Lockett had himself a phenomenal day.
You guys Tyler Lockett is one tough SOB pic.twitter.com/mfJ7Plv9yT— John Fraley (@johndavidfraley) January 13, 2020
Tyler Lockett is one tough little dude.— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) January 13, 2020
90% of all Seattle plays should be passes to DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett— Jacson A. Bevens (@JacsonBevens) January 13, 2020
Tyler Lockett HATES the Packers.— DK's Binky (@twelfth_monkey) January 13, 2020
Tyler Lockett so underrated one of the hardest guards this year in the slot— Fruit PUNCH (@marlon_humphrey) January 13, 2020
Tyler Lockett hangs 9-136-1 in losing effort https://t.co/xqRo3T1Ce1— Rotoworld Football (@Rotoworld_FB) January 13, 2020
Tyler Lockett is a beast.— Statsboye (@statsboye) January 13, 2020
Tyler Lockett does not get the respect that he deserves as a wide receiver. Steve Smith of his era— Mostradamus (@Musachaudhry) January 13, 2020
Marquise Brown, Mecole Hardman, Tyler Lockett— PFF (@PFF) January 10, 2020
Only WRs w/6 TDs from the slot in 2019 pic.twitter.com/XA3sw5ArUl
Wait.— #GoPackGo (@DavidBr79249659) January 13, 2020
Play action to move Wilson
Throwing to a WIDE THE FUCK OPEN Tyler Lockett?
It's like that's all they do
Keep telling me Tyler Lockett isn’t a WR1...— Erik Biggers (@therealEBiggers) January 13, 2020
Tyler Lockett is good at football— collin jiannuzzi 愛 (@cjian05) January 13, 2020
Most receiving yards in NFL playoff game by former #KState Wildcat:— Tyler Dreiling (@TylerDreiling) January 13, 2020
1. Jordy Nelson, 140 (Super Bowl XLV)
**2. Tyler Lockett, 136 (2020 Divisional)**
3. Tyler Lockett, 120 (2019 Wild Card)
4. Darren Sproles, 118 (2012 Divisional)
5. Darren Sproles, 91 (2008 Divisional)
However, in spite of everything Lockett did, the game came down to a 3rd & long completion to Jimmy Graham. Or, more accurately, it came down to where the refs spotted the ball after Graham caught it.
Was Jimmy Graham short of the first down? pic.twitter.com/CYfh7Yx9Dc— Burner (@MemesSense) January 13, 2020
They reviewed it twice, and still got it wrong.— Master (@MasterTes) January 13, 2020
Jimmy Graham was clearly short.
Jimmy Graham was short. This is so silly.— Zack Moore (@ZackMooreNFL) January 13, 2020
Everyone: Jimmy Graham is obviously short— Pat Leonard (@PLeonardNYDN) January 13, 2020
NFL: he got the first down
Ref: one more thing. We have additional footage. And it still shows he got the first down.
Unless Jimmy Graham was carrying the ball inside his helmet, I can’t see how that’s not short. pic.twitter.com/V6ndJx5gvZ— Jack Quigley (@Jack_Quigley) January 13, 2020
But, wait. The yellow line isn’t put on your TV screen by the league. It’s added by some guy in the production truck who may or may not have an unobstructed and clear view of where the first down line to gain actually rests.
“Jimmy Graham was clearly short.”— Packers Stuff (@Packers_Stuff) January 13, 2020
Just stop. The yellow line is and always has been unofficial. And in this case, the yellow line wasn’t even close. pic.twitter.com/3Vc9Nw4SBn
I’m assuming the jimmy graham call didn’t get overturned because of this angle, ball is on the first down marker... otherwise I can’t see why he isn’t short pic.twitter.com/cr48kgTQbD— Zach Viebrock (@ZachViebrock) January 13, 2020
If you think Jimmy Graham was short of that first you’re an idiot. Like look at the Orange first down marker on the sideline he very clearly got there.— #WhiteHotSox (@mmaxwelljr) January 13, 2020
LOL on that spot for Jimmy Graham and Green Bay. Obviously a half yard short. pic.twitter.com/FqRHPbXeCp— Waders (@WadoRigs) January 13, 2020
Jimmy Graham was at least a foot short— Harrison Hoff (@hoff_6) January 13, 2020
You can thank the refs for the blown call. That was not a first down. Jimmy Graham fell short of the marker, but as usual the refs are paid off and Mr. Whinner and overrated QB Aaron Rodgers get their way. The league is a joke.— Patrick Downey (@pdowney88) January 13, 2020
“Had they called him short, then it would’ve been short … That’s how it goes.”— CBS Sports HQ (@CBSSportsHQ) January 13, 2020
Pete Carroll addresses the Jimmy Graham 3rd-down catch that was ruled a first down. pic.twitter.com/RjY9MXL1tz
Dez caught it and Jimmy Graham was short.— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) January 13, 2020
Fat guy is Jimmy Graham...first down marker is the hoop....he was short pic.twitter.com/PpPZOP1SyD— Cody Dix (@megatraps) January 13, 2020
So, whether Graham was short or not, at this point it is irrelevant. What is not short is the upcoming offseason, as the Seahawks won’t be back in training camp for more than six more months, with their regular season opener likely to be played eight months from today.
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