Good morning, and here’s what’s “out there” about the Seahawks after Monday night’s dramatic 14-12 victory over the Green Bay Packers.
Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times has his game story from Monday night, which includes a recount of Russell Wilson’s game-winning touchdown pass to wide receiver Golden Tate, “Quarterback Russell Wilson never took his eyes off the pass he threw into the corner of the end zone where Golden Tate leapt amid a thicket of Green Bay defenders for what turned out to be the game-winning touchdown in Seattle’s 14-12 victory. “I saw it all the way,” Wilson said. Believing it? That was something else as Seattle won on the final play of a game that will be remembered for a variety of reasons, from the controversial officiating to the breathtaking comeback to the jaw-dropping, head-scratching finale in which officials ruled that Tate and a Packers defender simultaneously possessed the ball and awarded Seattle a 24-yard touchdown.”
O’Neil also has his “2-minute drill“, where he labels defensive end Chris Clemons one of his “Stars of the game,” “Chris Clemons had four sacks, matching Seattle’s franchise record that is shared by Jacob Green, Michael Sinclair, Michael McCrary and Darryl Tapp.”
Eric Williams of the Tacoma News Tribune recaps Monday’s 14-12 finish, “…on a fourth-and-10 play from Green Bay’s 24 that started with 8 seconds remaining, Tate made the play of the season so far for the Seahawks, fighting off four Green Bay defenders for a jump ball in the back of the end zone to give Seattle an improbable, 14-12, win over the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field on Monday night. ‘I had the ball in my hands the entire time, so I had a feeling it was going to be a touchdown,’ said Tate, who plans on giving the ball to his mother, whose birthday was Monday. ‘So I was just hoping and trying to maintain the ball until the official saw it in my hands. Thankfully, it was a touchdown.’ ”
Don Ruiz of the Tacoma News Tribune has a look at the impressive play of the Seahawks defense, “Over the first 30 minutes, the Seahawks recorded eight sacks – including four by defensive end Chris Clemons and two by rookie No. 1 draft pick Bruce Irvin. Clemons’ performance put him in the company of Jacob Green, Michael Sinclair, Michael McCrary and Darryl Tapp for the most sacks in a game by a Seahawk. He also tied Derrick Thomas (1992) for the most first-half sacks in an NFL game. ‘I didn’t (know that),’ Clemons said. ‘… It’s something to smile about. But we just have to continue to grind it out and get ready for St. Louis this week.’ ”
Dave Boling of the Tacoma News Tribune notes the growth Wilson displayed in Monday night’s win, ” ‘When it got down to it, he made stuff happen,’ Carroll said of Wilson. ‘He’s growing, he’s competitive, and he’s really cool.’ ‘The second half we definitely could have done a better job,’ Wilson said. ‘But we learned that you never give up … it was a pretty spectacular win.’ Asked about Wilson’s leadership in the huddle down the stretch, tackle Breno Giacomini said: ‘He just calls the plays and leaves it up to us to go execute.’ ”
Rich Myhre of the Everett Herald brings post-game reaction from several players after Tate’s miraculous game-winning touchdown, “Two minutes later, after an obligatory video review of the play, referee Wayne Elliott confirmed that it was a touchdown, giving Seattle a 14-12 victory over the Packers and setting off a renewed celebration by the Seahawks and their fans. ‘That’s the most memorable ending to a game I’ve ever been a part of at any level,’ Seattle tight end Zach Miller said. ‘It was crazy.’ ‘I was just telling one of the coaches, ‘Is this real? Did this really just happen?” said Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson. ‘I’m still in shock,’ added Seattle running back and kick returner Leon Washington.”
Brady Henderson of mynorthwest.com has a look at the play of the Seahawks’ defensive front, who generated constant pressure of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in the first half on Monday night, “Rookie Bruce Irvin got to Rodgers twice, but perhaps not the way you might expect. For all the talk about Irvin’s speed off the edge, it was the bull-rush he used both times to beat tackle Bryan Bulaga. ‘I noticed he struggles with power (moves),’ Irvin said of Bulaga, Green Bay’s first-round pick in 2010. ‘That was my biggest thing all week was practice my power, and it came up big for me tonight.’ It wasn’t just the edges that Seattle’s defensive line exploited. Mebane, valued more for his run-stuffing ability, collected two sacks from his defensive tackle spot. One was a bit of a gift, though, as he fell on Rodgers after his former Cal teammate slipped while dropping back. ‘That was a huge night for Brandon,’ Carroll said.”
ESPN.com has their updated NFL power rankings, and the Seahawks sit at No. 10 on their list.
Finally, our radio play-by-play man Steve Raible has his electric call of Tate’s game-winning touchdown catch.