A recap of the Seahawks’ 14-12 victory over the Packers at CenturyLink Field on “Monday Night Football”:
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Golden Tate. The Seahawks scored two touchdowns, and the third-year wide receiver had both of them. The biggie, of course, was the ruling that Tate had simultaneous possession on Russell Wilson’s fourth-down pass into the end zone on the final play of the game – resulting in a 24-yard touchdown.
But that one wouldn’t have mattered if Tate and Wilson hadn’t hooked up on a 41-yard TD pass in the second quarter.
Last week, Tate was fined for his block on Cowboys’ linebacker Sean Lee in the Seahawks’ upset victory over Dallas. So this definitely was a redemptive outing.
“It’s interesting that Golden would have this game after this week, with people talking about him all week,” coach Pete Carroll said. “As he emerges as a player in our program, how is he going to do it? How is he going to handle it?
“He put his head down and played his tail off all night long, and he caught a great touchdown pass from Russell early on and he makes a spectacular winning catch at the end. He handled it, as I think he’s chosen to, with class and all that. Hopefully, this is a big step for him.”
Tate finished with three catches for 68 yards and now has six for a team-leading 106 yards in two games – he missed the season opener because of a knee injury.
Tate still had the ball he caught for the game-winner in the locker room, as well the one from the 41-yarder. He is going to give them to his mother.
“This is going to my mother. Today is her birthday,” Tate said. “So I thought I’d give both of them to her because without her I wouldn’t be here at this point. She did a phenomenal job of raising me, my set of twin sisters and my brother. So this is for her.”
PLAYS OF THE GAME
Offense: The controversial game-winner, of course. The call could have gone either way. But the review of the play wouldn’t even have been necessary if Packers safety M.D. Jennings had just knocked the ball down. He didn’t. So it gave Tate a chance for simultaneous possession, as the officials ruled it, which gave the Seahawks the victory.
Defense: Pick a Chris Clemons sack. He only had four, all in the second quarter, to tie the franchise single-game record. But let’s go with the first one, which came on third-and-1 after the Packers had reached their 46-yard line.
Special teams: Jon Ryan’s 73-yard punt in the second quarter. It was the longest of his six punts and helped him average 51.5 yards, with a net average of 49.5.
Clemons’ four sacks tied the single-game club record that was set by Jacob Green in 1986 and equaled by Michael Sinclair (1996), Michael McCrary (1996) and Darryl Tapp (2007).
Clemons’ four first-half sacks tied the NFL record that was set by the late Derrick Thomas in 1992, and the team’s eight first-half sacks tied the club record.
Marshawn Lynch carried 25 times for 98 yards, giving him 305 in the first three games – a pace that will produce a 1,627-yard season.
Linebacker K.J. Wright led the Seahawks with nine solo stops and 11 total tackles – one more than strong safety Kam Chancellor.
The Seahawks are now ranked fourth in the NFL in average yards allowed (272.3).
The Seahawks were penalized 14 times for 118 yards, the Packers 10 times for 127 yards.
YOU DON’T SAY
“It’s a big win. That’s a good team. … But now it’s time to move on. I’m going to enjoy this for about 15 more minutes and then I’m ready for St. Louis.” – Tate