On the off chance that the ending of Monday night’s Seahawks-Packers game wasn’t crazy enough for you, here’s something that makes the whole story a little bit nuttier.
Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports, who had an onscreen cameo in the chaotic aftermath of the officials’ decision to give Golden Tate a touchdown on the final play of the game, reports that Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson actually called the wrong play in the huddle before the officiating decision heard around the world. Wilson called a Waggle play, calling for some of his receivers to run short underneath routes while he rolled out to his right on a play that began with eight seconds left on the clock.
Some of the Seahawks ran the play Wilson called while others, including Tate and Charly Martin, went to the end zone to run the play that Wilson was supposed to call. It all wound up working out for the Seahawks, obviously, but it adds another surreal layer to everything that unfolded on the field in Seattle late on Monday night.
Silver’s piece on the game also includes a vignette with Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch and family watching the replay of the final play at a restaurant in Seattle after the game. Silver says he could see Lynch’s jaw drop as he watched it unfurl and that Lynch “almost apologetically” spoke to Packers fans outside the restaurant after watching the play.
“It’s not like we did anything wrong,” Lynch said. “We have nothing to apologize for.”
Lynch is absolutely correct. If things had played out differently, though, Wilson might have had something to apologize for on Tuesday.