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Niners’ win helps league office


In a roundabout way, Sunday night’s victory by the 49ers, which came after San Fran blew a 28-point lead to the Pats before emerging with a 10-point win, has helped the NFL avoid an exercise in dot-connecting that could have begun with the Packers-Seahawks replacement-ref debacle and ended with the Seahawks landing in the Super Bowl.

I’ll explain.

A loss by the 49ers would have opened the door for the Seahawks to steal the NFC West, by beating the Niners next Sunday night at home and then taking down the Rams, also in Seattle.  The difference for the division title, if the Niners beat the Cardinals in Week 17, would have been the win that the Seahawks didn’t deserve in Week Three.

And here’s where it gets even more interesting.  One loss by the Packers in their final two games (vs. Tennessee, at Minnesota) would have allowed the Seahawks to catch the Packers at 11-5.  The tiebreaker for the bye week would have been — you guessed it — the head-to-head outcome from Week Three.

So without many crazy things happening, the Seahawks could have finished as the No. 2 seed.  If Seattle had held serve in the divisional round, and if the Falcons had been upset at home in their playoff opener, Seattle would have hosted the NFC title game.

The Seahawks still are highly likely to nail down a wild-card berth, and unlike past Seattle teams they could possibly win on the road in January.  But it’s far less likely for any postseason success by the Seahawks to feel tainted, given that they won’t be getting the No. 2 seed via the lingering taint of the final game of the referee lockout.

That said, there’s still a chance that the win the Seahawks shouldn’t have earned will provide the difference between getting in to the playoffs and not getting a shot at a championship.

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51 Responses to “Niners’ win helps league office”
  1. lennydpocketqb says: Dec 17, 2012 1:03 AM

    It was a catch. We gotta move on from this game at some point. But, here come the Packers fans!!!!

  2. seahawksteven777 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:04 AM

    I like how the Seahawks didn’t “deserve” to win. Yeah, it should have been an interception BUT:

    1.) Many people forget the defensive holding call on Kam Chancellor that shouldn’t have been called. That continued the Packers drive that got them their only touchdown.

    2.) The Seahawks played well enough to win that game. If the Packers had played better, it would have never came down to that last play.

    Bottom line is, there were many calls before the last play of the game that many people just seem to forget about.

  3. westcoastbias12 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:07 AM

    I hope Seattle crushes Green Bay in Green Bay to end this annoying ass whining.

  4. Kave Krew says: Dec 17, 2012 1:08 AM

    How ironic – tonites real real refs were worde than thereplacement refs

  5. mataug says: Dec 17, 2012 1:17 AM

    Packers miss out on #2 seed and a team possibly misses out on wildcard spot & league office should be okay with it ?

  6. bleedburgandyandgold says: Dec 17, 2012 1:17 AM

    It would be a bummer if say they made it in over my Redskins cause of that one. But I wouldn’t hold a grudge against them if they did. It’s not their fault the refs blew the call and gave them a undeserved victory.

  7. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 17, 2012 1:18 AM

    Well, we all know the Seahawks should have one less win. Odds are, it’s going to matter to some team on the outside looking in when the playoffs start.

    Not that it really matters, though, as none of the teams that are on the outside looking in right now would be much of a factor, except for the Giants, who will still probably get in anyway.

    And fo reals, this seahawks team won’t win a playoff game on the road. It hasn’t happened in history, and a rookie QB isn’t going to change that.

    Packers/Falcons in the NFC Championship, the winner (probably the Packers) will end up winning the Super Bowl.

    The AFC is not good.

  8. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:22 AM

    As if the Packers “deserved” to win, when their only touchdown came off an equally bad call by those same officials 7 minutes earlier in the game?

  9. suckmyhawk2012 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:23 AM

    Stupid article, I don’t give a crap what people say, the Hawks won that game. And they are playing as good as any team right now, so we deserve any playoff spot we get.

  10. hobbstweedle says: Dec 17, 2012 1:28 AM

    Of course, all of this ignores the negative impact on the Packers that still exists. They will likely lose a first round bye as a result of the lunacy that took place in Week 3. Great reporting, as usual.

  11. vikcoach33 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:29 AM

    funny you all have your panties in a bunch but ask the NFL what they did about the Super Bowl. All we got was Sorry…Had we got all the tue breakers and it would have boiled down to the GB game , I hope Paul Allen would of given the NFL a finger. I am sure the ref was just a Seahawk fan getting our due.

  12. trollhammer20 says: Dec 17, 2012 1:55 AM

    Oh for the love of….

    You are aware, of course, that the 49ers currently hold a half-game lead for the #2 seed, which the Packers would have if they had won that game, right?

    If the Niners get the #2 seed by that half-game, will it be tainted, or is it “OK” since the Seahawks didn’t benefit?

    Regardless, there will be quite a few Packer fans cheering for the Seahawks to “make it right” next Sunday.

  13. acromartieismydad says: Dec 17, 2012 2:09 AM

    Oh my god, the game was months ago and there are hundreds of plays and incorrect calls through out the year that have direct impact on results, let’s stop acting like this is the only one!

  14. steallayer says: Dec 17, 2012 2:10 AM

    This article really bothers me. As an avid Seahawks fan, I think they deserve a lot more credit than this article gives them. Yes, the “Fail Mary” was indeed a questionable call at best, but what isn’t mentioned in your story is that there were multiple “questionable” calls in that game and frankly I am so incredibly tired of hearing “the win they didn’t deserve.” Who knows what could and would have transpired if the game had been called correctly from the start. Too many people forget the 8 sacks on Rodgers in the first half.

  15. beavertonsteve says: Dec 17, 2012 2:14 AM

    There have been plenty of other horrible calls by both regular and replacement officials that will probably affect the playoff seeding by the time everything is said and done. If the Seahawks manage to fight all the way to hosting the NFC championship game then good for them, they deserve it, ref debacle or not. Believe me I’ve got no love for the Hawks as a Rams fan in the Pacific Northwest, but they have been absolutely killing teams over the last couple weeks.

  16. trippymane says: Dec 17, 2012 2:16 AM

    Can’t wait for next week! Seahawks vs 49ers in prime time baby! Good luck 49ers! May the best team win! Go Hawks!

  17. umdke says: Dec 17, 2012 2:19 AM

    Teams win games (or given momentum that leads to a win) they don’t deserve on bad ref calls all the time. This bad call just happened to come at the very conclusion of a MNF game with the whole world watching. Stop overblowing it. Let it go. It’s only 1 game out of a 16 game season.

  18. John says: Dec 17, 2012 2:20 AM

    If the playoffs started today, your last claim would ALMOST be true. Say Seattle lost to Green Bay. That would make them 8-6, making a six-way tie between Seattle, Wash, Dallas, NY, Chicago and Minnesota.

    Washington would win the NFC East and the 4 seed. Dallas would eliminate NY based on divison record. Also, Minnesota would eliminate Chicago based on division record. It wouldn’t matter, because Seattle beat Dallas, Minnesota and Chicago this year.

    Utterly pointless analysis, but interesting nonetheless.

  19. hawkfan50 says: Dec 17, 2012 2:30 AM

    After the Hawks beat the Niners next Sunday , and then go on to win playoff games , I wonder what they’ll use for an excuse then ?

    … ’cause – you know – every win the Hawks have had this year is all because of the Green Bay game , right ? How freakin’ pathetic that that’s even being discussed still .

    And when it comes to losing a game because of the ref’s , cry me a river people ; welcome to the damn club Packers !

    GO HAWKS !!

  20. joenash72 says: Dec 17, 2012 3:02 AM

    It was a catch.

  21. hutch119 says: Dec 17, 2012 3:14 AM

    What the league office should be more concerned with is the fact that Hochuli and his crew were as bad, and probably worse, then most of those replacement crews we had. The game was simply butchered from an officiating stand point.

  22. pongonfl says: Dec 17, 2012 3:38 AM

    Ya, one bad call would “taint” a Seattle season.
    You must watch a different league, they would have to take away at least half of the last dozen superbowls if you even set the bar at a team needing 3 or 4 horrible calls to have gotten there.
    The patriots would have none of their rings, the pass interference they used to get to superbowls before they learned to mount their own offence relied on half a dozen bad calls A GAME lol

  23. mahacnarblar says: Dec 17, 2012 3:49 AM

    Although the pack are currently missing out on the two seed and a first round bye because of the Seattle debacle.

  24. hoodheisman says: Dec 17, 2012 4:19 AM

    The immaculate reception and the snow job were much more blatant cases of ref rigging. They both occurred in the playoffs and the 2 teams (Steelers and Pats) that were beneficiaries of the rigging went on to win the Super Bowl when they should have been eliminated in the divisional round. The chances of a regular season game in September essentially gift wrapping the Super Bowl to the Seahawks is slim and none.

  25. wayne1693 says: Dec 17, 2012 4:37 AM

    Everyone the World over knows about the DEBACLE of Week-3…but the Seahawks have since proven they belong.

  26. fuglyflorio says: Dec 17, 2012 4:57 AM

    Lucky they successfully cheated for that win in week 3.

  27. kattykathy says: Dec 17, 2012 6:01 AM

    Excuse me.
    The Seahawks DID deserve the game in Week 3, they EARNED it.

    They outplayed the Packers in all facets of the game.
    The late touchdown was admittedly reviewed by 2 different sets of eyes at the game, and then by 3 different sets of eyes the following day……………all agreed with the Refs on field call.
    The Packers also got their TD thanks to a obviously bad call.
    GET OVER IT. Seattle beat them fair and square.
    Stop allowing the crying, whining Packer fans to cloud judgement.
    BTW, are these regular Refs doing a better job? N O!

  28. db105 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:18 AM

    That tainted win by the Seahawks over the Packers may be the difference between a 2 and 3 seed for the 49ers.

  29. otis52gsh says: Dec 17, 2012 6:40 AM

    Like I have been saying, they don’t deserve even playoff opportunity because they were gift wrapped a win they didn’t earn.

  30. jkjdawg1 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:41 AM

    Writers’ rule #217- Never pass up an opportunity to use the phrase “lingering taint” in your sports column.

  31. rufusporter says: Dec 17, 2012 7:25 AM

    Because the Seahawk Packer game was the only one ever in the history of the game that was effected by poor officiating. Thanks for reminding us about the one call officials got wrong this year. Seattle should turn in their cleats so everything can go back to being completely fair.

  32. billh1947 says: Dec 17, 2012 7:29 AM

    What would be great is if the Seahags have to go visit the Packers while leaving their fake NFL referee allies at home this time.I have a feeling the Packers would exact some sweet revenge on Carroll ,Tate&company.

  33. briank1ne says: Dec 17, 2012 8:01 AM

    Man you Seattle fans are delusional. That same drive that ended up with a fail mary had two other very bad calls. One was one of the worst pass interference.calls I’ve ever seen. It was actually offensive pass interference instead of defensive. Don’t worry though. The niners will make it all better by smashing your mouth next week.

  34. cags777 says: Dec 17, 2012 8:19 AM

    For the umpteenth time, stop whining about what happened in Week 3. The Packers benefited from a bad call in that game to set up a touchdown. Also, the Packers have benefited this season and for years from bad calls and even incorrect calls by officials that have impacted the game. Besides, the Seahawks have been playing a lot better games lately than the Packers and look like the better team heading into the playoffs. If those two square off at Lambaeu Field in January, my money is on the Seahawks.

  35. tjromanello says: Dec 17, 2012 8:24 AM

    It wasn’t a catch, but its way over and done. Everybody that’s anybody knows its never the best team that wins the Super Bowl, it’s always the hottest team. So in the long-run, nobody really cares.

  36. seatownfaithful says: Dec 17, 2012 8:31 AM

    Very annoying to see such soap opera discussions about the league office, you really think they care, this just adds to the “parody of the league”

  37. snaponrules says: Dec 17, 2012 8:32 AM

    The refs giving that game to the Packers is the best thing that could have happened to them.
    The refs have made every attempt possible to make up for that call ever since. Giving the packers the edge in several close games. Whether its the league telling them to do it or the refs doing it on their own is the only question.
    They would have won yesterday without the calls because they are a better team then the bears. But that was one of the most obviously rigged game of officiating I have seen since the seahawks/ pitt. superbowl.

  38. oaktown49er says: Dec 17, 2012 8:42 AM

    It’s hard to move on but there is nothing that can be done now. Both these teams will make the playoffs. I’m a Niner fan and they would already be NFC West champions if not for that game. The Packers still have a good chance to get the #2 seed. But the Hawks game aside, if the Pack really wanted the #2 seed, they should have beat the Niners week 1 in Green Bay.

  39. joeyashwi says: Dec 17, 2012 9:02 AM

    I respect the Seahawks fans who admit it was a bad call. Yes, they outplayed the Packers that whole game and it shouldn’t have come down to that, but it did.
    The fans who saw the play through neon green colored glasses who say it was a catch…you know nothing about football. At minimum it was the worse case of offensive pass interference in the history of the NFL, and in reality, it was not a case of simultaneous possession.
    The Seahawks look tough right now, I admit. They are a good team and I’m a fan of Wilson and Rice. All that being said, week three was a debacle.

  40. hscorpio says: Dec 17, 2012 9:33 AM

    Didn’t anyone learn anything of temporal mechanics from Doc Brown? If you skew the timeline at a given point, all subsequent events are subject to change. Had the call been made correctly, there is no way of knowing if the Packers or Hawks seasons would have progressed the same way.

    Personally, I think a Packer team without a chip on their shoulder might not have gone down to Houston and won so handily. They often play their best when their backs are to the wall and people are doubting them. If they have a win vs Seattle at that time, they might not have been quite so motivated. And they might have lost.

    Maybe the Hawks would have used “the one that got away” as a motivator and been even better now.

    What happened in week 3 is ancient history. While it does have a bearing on the playoff picture now, it is a specious argument to say it is the only thing.

    But I guess stirring the pot is fun.

  41. jprcox says: Dec 17, 2012 11:13 AM

    Why are people in denial? Had the NFL said it wasn’t a catch but the result was final, this article would make sense. BUT, A BIG BUT – THE NFL SAID IT WAS A CATCH, and the refs called it right.

    Consider this – all the refs heard the NFL say that, so it means refs will call that play a catch from here on out.

    Move on – its a catch.

  42. dukemarc says: Dec 17, 2012 11:23 AM

    That game is going to effect potential playoff seedings for the byes and who the last playoff team is – yeah, the NFL offices should be really happy with that.

  43. chikiboy says: Dec 17, 2012 11:23 AM

    Wait…so does that mean the Packers NFC North Division crown is tainted because those Offensive Pass Interference calls on Alshon Jeffrey yesterday were horrendous!

    Just curious how Bears fans feel about that should they miss the playoffs by a game…

  44. skittlesareyum says: Dec 17, 2012 12:13 PM

    What’s funnier than people who think it was a catch is Seahawks fans who think no one respects their team. Drop the “we don’t get no respect” act, OK?

  45. ben444 says: Dec 17, 2012 5:44 PM

    Look the Seahawk’s win and the Packers win out the Packers will be the number 2 seed. So a fail-mary or no fail-mary as a Packer fan I want the seahawks to win.

    That is all.

  46. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 17, 2012 6:23 PM

    Packers cannot get the #2 seed under any circumstance, thanks for playing.

  47. ben444 says: Dec 17, 2012 7:55 PM

    Mr. Wright – The 49ers are 1/2 game ahead of the Packers. 2 wins the Packers are 12-4. 49ers will be 11-4-1 with 1 win and 1 loss. Packers will be the 2nd seed.

    Game over.

  48. Mr. Wright 212 says: Dec 17, 2012 8:01 PM

    Oh yeah, you’re counting on the 49ers losing to Arizona? I thought we were all informed enough here.

    You’re also counting on the Lions to beat the Falcons.

    You aren’t that bright.

  49. hmisanthropy says: Dec 17, 2012 9:35 PM

    9rs just need to lose 1 of 2 while the Pack win both… Falcons have the 1 seed, why do you think they need to lose to the Lions? You are Not That Bright my friend….

  50. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 18, 2012 6:53 PM

    For the Seahawks, this will always be remembered as a tainted season.

  51. randallflagg52 says: Dec 19, 2012 5:54 AM

    Packer fans are only slightly less annoying than steeler fans. And this is coming from a guy who cares nothing about the NFC or some small market back water like green bay.

    You lost. Get over it.

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