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Seahawks’ Clemons recognized as NFC defensive player of week

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Although the refereeing debacle has generated the majority of headlines following the Seattle Seahawks’ Week Three win* over the Green Bay Packers, the Monday night game gave Seattle’s relentless, swarming defense the platform it needed to earn national recognition.

And it’s getting some. Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons earned Week Three NFC defensive player of the week honors by sacking Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers four times in the 14-12 victory*. All four of Clemons’ sacks occurred in the first half. He became the first player to achieve the four-sacks-in-the-first-half feat since Kansas City’s Derrick Thomas did so all the way back in 1992.

Through three weeks, Seattle’s defense has allowed the fewest points in the NFL. Coming off the Week Three win* with a record now standing at 2-1*, the Seahawks will look to stay hot against Sam Bradford and the Rams in Week Four.

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  1. nemysys23 says: Sep 26, 2012 2:07 PM

    Shut up with the asterisk. Get over it. Chalk it up as Karma for the Super Bowl and Vinny’s no TD in ’98.

  2. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 26, 2012 2:07 PM

    Dominant first half.

  3. furious76 says: Sep 26, 2012 2:08 PM

    You should write a piece about the New England Patriots SuperBowl wins* as well.
    :)

  4. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 26, 2012 2:15 PM

    He had a great *game, but it should have gone to MD Jennings.

  5. eshine76 says: Sep 26, 2012 2:17 PM

    Alright, enough with the asterisk. I know it was really bad, but the regular refs have blown calls / games too. At least the replacement refs have gotten all of the coin-flips right.

  6. seattlerogueburner says: Sep 26, 2012 2:21 PM

    I can’t wait for this all to blow over. It’s getting dumb. If it didn’t happen on Monday Night Football, it would be back burner news by now.

  7. adventistgroup says: Sep 26, 2012 2:23 PM

    If you are going to use an asterisk here, then you need a lot more of them. The refs in that game gave GB a lot of calls too – some that were very important.

    We all agree the REFs suck, its not Seattle’s fault. Our D was awsome.

  8. rockymountainraider says: Sep 26, 2012 2:28 PM

    I see what you did there, put an asterisk to imply that the game didnt count, very clever. You media types are just plan stupid let a Raider fan tell you the difference between the replacement refs and the regular refs, which is non! The regular refs are not all holly when it comes to calling games. Ed Hochuli with the broncos, louis murphy catch in the endzone 3 years ago, how about the seahawks in the superbowl in 05.

  9. spideysdog says: Sep 26, 2012 2:31 PM

    put an asterisk by the seahaeks 1998 game when phil luckett thought vinnie testaverdes white and green jets helmet was a football and the 2005 Super Bowl too. did the Packers get jobbed? yep. was the call a joke? yep. on the Packers ONLY td drive of the night there was a completely atrocious pass interference call that allowed that drive to continue. otherwise green bay kicks a fg. and the seahawks are kicking a fg from the 25 for the win instead of throwing the hail mary. plus the NFL says the clowns, i mean officials, made the right call, so it must be so. lol :)

  10. dmiller68 says: Sep 26, 2012 2:35 PM

    Come on your “*” are a insult to your reporting. The Seahawks are 2-1 and GB is 1-2 get over it.

  11. filthymcnasty1 says: Sep 26, 2012 2:36 PM

    Golden *Tate deserves some sort of award for keeping a straight face during the post game interview.

  12. stonedolphin89 says: Sep 26, 2012 2:52 PM

    It’s just a shame that this guy’s incredible performance is so heavily overshadowed by one play. The entire Seattle defensive unit deserves one hell of a lot of credit for what they’ve been doing not only to GB but to every team they’ve played over the last three weeks. 8 sacks in a half is tremendous feat. Say what you want about how poorly the game was called on Monday, but Seattle made GB’s offense look stagnant. Even when they were able to move the ball in the 2nd half, they were able to amount to a pedestrian 12 points, WITH some ref help. The officiating was a sham, but the performance by Seattle’s defense was spectacular.

  13. Little Earthquake says: Sep 26, 2012 2:53 PM

    If Seattle needs a gift win from referees, let ‘em have it. Their season’s already peaked regardless.

  14. redfield11 says: Sep 26, 2012 2:54 PM

    Refs should be player of the week, contributed the most towards a win.

  15. johngaltwho says: Sep 26, 2012 2:57 PM

    What a great win for the Packers! Despite a dominant performance by the Seahawks defense in the first half, and solid game management by their rookie quarterback – the Packers made adjustments, running the football, playing solid defense, putting points on the board and then despite an inane PI call against them and then an even more insane non PI call – our rookie d-back goes up and makes a great interception in the end zone on the final play. Way to battle back Packers and win the game. Hats off to the Seahawks who showed great effort in a tough loss in their home stadium. What a great game.

  16. shecklesmckenzie says: Sep 26, 2012 3:01 PM

    Yeah, we get it. It was a bad call. Time to move on.

    I thought DeCoud from Atlanta would get it with his 2 ints and a fumble recovery. His play shut down 3 San Diego drives and completely took them out of the game.

  17. JJ says: Sep 26, 2012 3:01 PM

    The only good thing about the replacement refs is that their calls are bad across the board and not slanted toward one team or group of teams.

    Get over it GB…you lost and would’ve lost anyway if not for an atrocious PI call that shouldn’t have been called. Your boy Rodgers was owned by the Seattle D; you have more to worry about than this blown call.

  18. wrm1230 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:09 PM

    Sounds good JJ. Is there any room in the Seahawks trophy case for a note to get over the Monday night nonsense? There has to be, right, the franchise hasn’t been relevant since inception. Win a single Super Bowl…just one…and then perhaps you’ll be taken seriously way out there.

  19. h4wksf4n says: Sep 26, 2012 3:09 PM

    Article is about NFC Defensive Player of Week – Chris Clemons played a great game against the Packers. It had nothing to do with the referees.

    Good job Clemons!

  20. shemberry says: Sep 26, 2012 3:12 PM

    I guess I just don’t understand why it’s okay for everyone to talk about how the last play “gave” Seattle the game, but everyone refuses to see the impact of the other terrible calls on the outcome of this game.

    Yes, the last play was the last play, but Green Bay has no shot at winning if not for the PI call against Chancellor. And, for all the talk about the PI call against Shields, the Seahawks didn’t score on that drive. Did it impact field position, sure, but the way Ryan was punting, GB may have been in worse field position with the PI call against Rice and a punt.

    The refs were bad, but they were bad both ways!

  21. Wisconsin77 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:14 PM

    That’s great; Seattle played a great half of football. Too bad the game is two halfs and not one. The fact is that GB made half time adjustments and came out a different team in the 2nd half, on both sides of the ball. When the game is taken as a whole, GB was the better team and GB won that day. That “Win” is very deserving of that asterisk, no matter what happened 30 years ago or something to that team.

  22. Punk says: Sep 26, 2012 3:19 PM

    Its a shame that the incredible job the Seahawks did on defense is overshadowed.

    I would have sympathy for the Packers if they were able to score more than 12 points.

  23. craig1972 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:26 PM

    The Seahawks were dominant in the first half–the 8 sacks were unbelievable. Green Bay’s defense was very effective as well. However, in the second half Green Bay’s offense came alive while the defense remained staunch. Apart from the officiating it was a terrific game, with great efforts by both teams. Seattle’s defense was terrific and Green Bay’s defense was surprisingly good, I didn’t expect them to stop Lynch. Green Bay’s offense started to click in the second half. In the end Green Bay playing in a hostile enviroment did enough to beat a very good Seattle club. I love the edge that seattle brings they have a winning, never say die attitude.

  24. cball77 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:28 PM

    wrm1230 says:
    Sep 26, 2012 3:09 PM
    Sounds good JJ. Is there any room in the Seahawks trophy case for a note to get over the Monday night nonsense? There has to be, right, the franchise hasn’t been relevant since inception. Win a single Super Bowl…just one…and then perhaps you’ll be taken seriously way out there.

    Actually they should have won one but were denied by a totally inept crew of officials (not replacements by the way). Kind of ironic, don’t you think?

  25. starchybunker says: Sep 26, 2012 3:29 PM

    just say “great job, Clemons” and move on…your reporting on how his performance was over-shadowed by the game’s ending was over-shadowed by all the overly-cutsey asterisks…

  26. mp4pack says: Sep 26, 2012 3:36 PM

    Wow, is there any length Seahawks fans won’t go to try to justify this? “But but… they only scored 12 points!” Newsflash, your team only scored 7*. “But but… we got bad calls too!” Yeah, the PI on Finley could be considered a bad call, but it was borderline and there was alot of football left to be played, even if it had gone the other way. It was nowhere in the ballpark of being as eggregious and game-altering as the PI against Shields, the non-PI against Taint, and of course the mother of all bad calls that followed. Get used to that asterisk, it goes next to your whole season now as far as the rest of the football-watching public is concerned.

  27. shemberry says: Sep 26, 2012 3:37 PM

    Take a look at Q13 Seattle’s new angle of the last play. Doesn’t look quite so “clear cut”.

  28. Wisconsin77 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:38 PM

    I can’t believe that Chickenhawk fans are saying they deserved that “win” with a straight face. The actions of your idiotic head coach and cheating WR Tate during and after the game were an embarrassment to your team and to the NFL.

  29. trollhammer20 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:38 PM

    I realize that a lot of people don’t care for Pete Carroll, but if you can’t recognize that he’s a defensive genius, here’s why you should:

    Before coming to Seattle, Clemons played five years for the Redskins, Raiders, and Eagles. He had 44 tackles and 20 sacks.

    In two years and three games with Seattle, he has 101 tackles and 27 sacks.

    Clemons was headed to an average/mediocre career. While he’s not HOF material, he certainly has played far better under Carroll than other coaches.

    Oh, and it would be nice if a sportswriter* would be a little less obvious about his biases. Way to keep focus on the controversy instead of recognizing Clemons’ superior performance, smart guy*.

  30. adventistgroup says: Sep 26, 2012 3:46 PM

    Clemons did a great job – so did Irving. Seattle has the best defense in the NFL – lowest points allowed. This is going to be a long year in the NFC West.

  31. fwippel says: Sep 26, 2012 3:50 PM

    Oh for the love of Pete, get over the asterick BS. Are you kidding me?

    The game goes in the books as is. It’s not like this was game six of the 1985 World Series and Don Denkinger just cost the Cardinals the championship. If you want an injustice, THAT was an injustice, and MLB never fixed it. The Royals still show up as the Worlds Series champs for that year, and there isn’t an asterick indicating otherwise.

    This was one regular season game, and quite frankly the Packers didn’t exactly play a stellar game. They are still the best team in their division and will have plenty of time to prove it with 13 games left.

    But get over it already. The Saints are 0-3 and desperate for a win. If the Pack goes into that game still fuming about Monday night, they’ll lose again.

  32. deltaoracle says: Sep 26, 2012 3:52 PM

    Love how the Seahawk fans keep telling everyone to move past it – and also keep bringing up a Super Bowl from however many years ago.

  33. gregm5s7 says: Sep 26, 2012 3:58 PM

    If the Seahawks somehow squeak into the playoffs I hope Green Bay is waiting for them. Not because they got gifted a win, but because of how they acted, most notably Carroll and Tate.

  34. gpack22 says: Sep 26, 2012 4:01 PM

    Clemons had a great first half, along with Irvin, and they seem to be building a decent D. No doubt about it. BUT, the second half they were dominated up and down the field including what should’ve been final score. Yards, T.O.P, and score* prove it.

    I’m fine with the 1-2 record. All it takes to guarantee a playoff slot is a division crown and they’re only a game back of MN and CHI so no big deal. If these two teams happen to meet again I’m certain the whole game will look more like the second half. Good luck the remainder of the season and in all honesty I hope they see each other in January.

    Time to move on and let the frustration out on the Saints at Lambeau!

  35. hawkforlife says: Sep 26, 2012 4:24 PM

    @shemberry
    You’re right, as a Hawk fan I thought from the angles I saw GB was robbed but this seems as though Jennings had only one arm on it too and for the rest of you, we Seahawk fans know it was a rotten deal all the way around and if it happened to us the way it did to GB we’b be just as pissed but it wasn’t the Seahawks or the Seahawk fans fault. Bitch at the NFL and old REFs. Sorry, really long sentence.

  36. footballfan1976 says: Sep 26, 2012 4:31 PM

    It was actually 9 sacks* since we are talking about horrible calls the replacements made. The sack that was taken away for a face mask was a horrible call.
    If you ask any Seahawk fan they would gladly trade this call for either the Superbowl or the Vinny call as they had much larger implications.

  37. radrntn says: Sep 26, 2012 4:49 PM

    he would look good in silver and black again

  38. giantsfanlewis says: Sep 26, 2012 5:07 PM

    2007 new England pats 16-0* bad calls lead to this
    2001 super bowl champion new England pats* tuck rule
    2010 green bay packers 15-1* bad calls learn this
    2009 green bay packers super bowl champs* refs getthe call right in the viks game the packers don’t make the playoffs
    2005 Pitt steelers super bowl champs* the refs admitted to calling this game unfairly.

    Need I go on?

    Bad calls happen and shape this league. Get over it

  39. Matt-NC says: Sep 26, 2012 5:09 PM

    He gets and award for being 50% effective?

  40. cliffordc05 says: Sep 26, 2012 5:15 PM

    Evan Silva is some sort of jackass to put the asterisk in an article about a well deserved award. Please note that there is no asterisk required when pointing out the Evan Silva is a jackass.

  41. vikescry1 says: Sep 26, 2012 5:22 PM

    i see a lot of talk about the sam shields pi call, but what about the roughing the passer call on walden? we intercepted the ball and would have had short yardage? yes both teams got bad calls during the game, no doubt. but people are talking about the last play because it was clearly intercepted by m.d. you will never get over this win, and most likely will come back to bite u later. and for those of u talking about this is to make right the bad calls u got in the superbowl? really? i didn’t realize you lost to the packers in that game? dummy’s

  42. orcahawk says: Sep 26, 2012 5:27 PM

    What a bunch of whiners. You know, sometimes you lose because of a blown call. We know what thats like in the PNW. When we complained about Vinnie Testaverde’s head scoring a TD or game-changing mistakes in the SB we got called sore losermen.

    So here’s your chance to show us how to take it like a man. And it’s not looking good so far.

  43. goods65 says: Sep 26, 2012 5:30 PM

    say what you want about seattle’s offense,its not very good,and yes the refs were horrible and all the stuff,but to all Green Bay fans out there how many time did Russell Wilson get sacked? i will wait for an answer. Seattle D was way better on that Monday Night.If Green Bay was the better team that night,then where was their offense? they have by far the better QB (2011 MVP) better WR’s. All in all,Packers should of came into Seattle and beat them no problem but they didnt,so stop yer bitchin and take your loss like men and move on to the next game like your team has done.Thank you!!!

  44. chrismgillis says: Sep 26, 2012 6:13 PM

    Wow. Wow. I cannot believe all the Pack fans. Would you enjoy a glass of wine to go with that head of yours. I am a hardcore Lion’s fan and have been putting up with horrible calls nearly all my life. Remember in Chicago when Calvin Johnson clearly caught a td. but for some reason we get into the “process” BS. Get over it. You are stuck at 1-2 just like my Lion’s. Now go stare at your light in the center of town.

  45. Legion Of Boom says: Sep 26, 2012 6:34 PM

    …and this is what it sounds like,
    when packers cry…

  46. jeffbye says: Sep 26, 2012 6:50 PM

    The defense was AMAZING. The asterisks are a bit ridiculous.

    Is anyone in this country griping even aware that the people reviewing the play weren’t even part of the lock out and *are* the first stringers?

  47. roddytorock84 says: Sep 26, 2012 7:58 PM

    How does Thomas DeCoud not get this with 2 ints and a fumble recovery? I’ll take 3 forced turnovers over 4 sacks any day

  48. fdugrad says: Sep 26, 2012 9:21 PM

    I have absolutely no dog in this fight, but one thing I was thinking was that for the current MVP playing for a 15-1 last year team, that his offense is not doing so well in the first three games. I truly believe GB was jobbed, however, I think this one game is not the major concern compared to the offense not performing as well.

  49. savannahrose44 says: Sep 26, 2012 10:10 PM

    mp4pack says:
    Sep 26, 2012 3:36 PM
    Wow, is there any length Seahawks fans won’t go to try to justify this? “But but… they only scored 12 points!” Newsflash, your team only scored 7*. “But but… we got bad calls too!” Yeah, the PI on Finley could be considered a bad call, but it was borderline and there was alot of football left to be played, even if it had gone the other way. It was nowhere in the ballpark of being as eggregious and game-altering as the PI against Shields, the non-PI against Taint, and of course the mother of all bad calls that followed. Get used to that asterisk, it goes next to your whole season now as far as the rest of the football-watching public is concerned.

    The PI call on Chancellor was not borderline it was blatantly bad. The refs make that call GB turns the ball over on a punt, not to mention the blatant offensive holding not called on GB in the second half of the game. Yet they called it on Okung just fine. Yes, the officiating in that game stunk. No GB is not blameless in this loss. They simply did not perform well enough to come a way with the win. They should have never put themselves in the position to be beaten on a Hail Mary. For a team with a super bowl MVP QB at the helm they looked nothing like one on Monday night. Rodgers laid an egg, your offensive line laid an egg. Stop blaming others and look in the mirror to fix your issues, because that was not the first poor performance GB has turned in this season. They better get it fixed or they will not be getting even a sniff of the playoffs.

  50. inigo79montoya says: Sep 27, 2012 12:25 AM

    Go Hawks,
    If the refs made all the right calls, the Seahawks would have won this game anyway. But let’s just look at the last Hail Mary pass.

    From the ESPN camera angle, it looks like Jennings “may” have made an interception, but from KCPQ end zone camera angle it looks pretty convincing that it was a simultaneous catch, with Jennings trying to wrestle the ball away from Tate as they both hit the ground. Everyone’s seen the ESPN clip, but have you seen the KCPQ clip? Google it. Let’s move on people. It’s in the books as a win for the ‘Hawks.

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