Tate still says he caught the ball

AP

The notorious “Fail Mary” play from the last game of Week Three didn’t help the Seahawks make it to the playoffs, but it did help the 49ers secure a bye week that otherwise would have gone to the Packers.

As the postseason approaches, the man who was determined to have caught the ball at the conclusion of the Seahawks-Packers still insists that he did.  Appearing Thursday on Pro Football Talk, Seattle receiver Golden Tate said he definitely caught the ball that was determined to have been in the simultaneous possession of Tate and defensive back M.D. Jennings.

“I absolutely did catch the ball,” Tate told Erik Kuselias.  “Till my death I did catch the ball and I’m very confident that I caught the ball.”

Plenty of people dispute that opinion.  Of course, there’s no dispute that Tate pushed off before catching (or not catching) the ball.

Our only hope is that the fifth-seeded Seahawks and the third-seeded Packers cross paths again in the postseason.

107 responses to “Tate still says he caught the ball

  1. Big fat cheater. That’s all he is. When asked about the illegal push in the back, all he said was “I don’t know what you are talking about…”

    So if you are blatantly lying about a push in the back that everybody saw, why should I believe you that you are “confident” that you caught the ball? The only people that think he caught the ball are Seahawks fans.

  2. Watch the replay Golden Taint! You didn’t catch that ball first! The eye in the sky don’t lie!

  3. As a die hard hawks fan we know he didnt catch the ball but i would say the same thing. this was awesome,it put us on the map. i was born here and its so fun all the attention and hate were getting. i would love a rematch with the lack at there house. A NEW HATE IS BORN! in a fun way of course. So hawk fans add the pack to our list along with the steelers and niners. GO HAWKS!!!

  4. Of course he says he caught the ball. He did catch it and has a Seattle victory to prove it. Replay shows he clearly caught the ball and had TWO hands and TWO feet on the ground before the defender could even get a good grip on the ball. I just hope the Packers and the Seahawks meet in the playoffs!!!

  5. Green Bay fans sure whine to no end about that Seattle game. Why don’t whine about the game the refs gifted them two years in Lambeau? Visanthe Shiancoe made one of the greatest TD catches in recent memory…so great that apparently the refs didn’t believe it was possible. Mike Pereira said the call was BS on national TV and even the GB fans at work said that we were robbed. Had that TD stood, the Vikes would have won, and Tampa Bay would have got the final wildcard spot. No Pack in the playoffs their superbowl year. You got to the superbowl on the back of a BS call. Karma is a beoch.

  6. There’s no winning this argument, but doesn’t the rule say if the offensive player has partial possession, its a catch? He definitely had partial possession. Stupid rule though

  7. I’m a Packers fan and I’m absolutely sick of hearing about this. They had the oportunity to get a bye in week 17 and they lost it. As much as the media may hope for it, I think the rest of the country would do just fine without a Seattle Green Bay rematch. ESPN and the like lack the creativity to do anything other than show that play over and over and over.

  8. He did catch the ball, you’ve said before that you can’t have control first or at the same time with one hand and that’s not true. There was no absolute evidence Jennings controlled the ball first.

  9. Golden Tate is pompous punk who was an above average WR at Notre Dame and an average at best NFL receiver

  10. There’s also no dispute that Kam Chancellor was erroneously called for a pass interference on a 3rd down that kept the only touchdown drive of the packers alive. But that was conveniently left out of the article.

  11. A one handed catch is still a catch else they would have to call incomplete any one handed catch in any situation. Pass interference is never called in the end zone on a hail mary pass, if it were there would be no hail mary passes attempted…EVER. I for one hope the Packers get eliminated from the playoffs so we can stop reading stupid beat the dead horse stories like this one. There are far better stories out there.

  12. Translation “I absolutely did not catch the ball, till my death I will deny that I did not catch the ball.”

  13. Only a complete moron would lay claim to something 20 million people saw to be bull with their on eyes!
    Golden Tate fits that description!

  14. Give this guy credit for going up and snatching the ball hoping for the best instead of just letting JD Jennings hang on to the pick.

    It was an interception but it was still a strong effort by Tate that gave his team a chance. He has been absolutely clutch this year.

  15. The Packers were fortunate to play the Seahawks in week three – that game was incredibly close and Seattle is playing at a much higher level now. I don’t think there’s any Seahawk or Seahawks fan who isn’t hoping for a rematch with Green Bay.

  16. Get out of here Tate!! Yeah you caught a lot of balls this season… but the “Fail Mary” was not one of them… next you will say you are the reason that the Irish are playing for a national championship this year.

  17. Err…..umm….whatever you say Sherman. Learns from his prancing coach – does not know when to shut up.

  18. Ok..this is the most ridiculous statement I have heard…since…well since I heard this clown say it the day after the game. Even Goodell doesn’t think you caught it Tate! Hate to go real ol’ school here…but Stop Perpetratin’ A Fraud! It’s ok to say…”on second thought we’ll maybe the ref made a mistake” sheesh..

  19. Lol. He also said that he didn’t push off. Guess what? Saying that you caught it doesn’t change reality.

    A ball grazing your fingertips is not a catch. Didn’t even touch the idiot’s palm until MD Jennings had both hands on it.

  20. When MD Jennings got both feet down…BOTH feet…where was the ball? Florio always goes to the “control” issue which is fine, but one can’t establish control without 2 feet down. So although Jennings controlled it w his hands, the feet weren’t down.

  21. This play is a marquee moment for other reasons. It is the moment we stopped “lettin ’em play”, the moment we stopped making these guys earn it and work for it. The equally incompetent “real” officials came back next week, and so did blatant favoritism as well as the same ol’, over-officiated “As the NFL Turns” soap operah. The first few weeks of this season were a tease, best actual football I’ve seen in years, it’s sad that lingerie football league refs know more about officiating a contact sport right down the middle than these diva professionals. This was just a rant, not my personal opinion on this particular article, sorry for getting off-track. Week 4, the NFL became the “National Fairy-princess League” again, the one we’ve all unfortunately become accustomed to and accepted.

  22. I couldn’t agree more on the statement of hoping the pack crosses paths with the Seahawks again. The only difference this time is that the Seahawks won’t have a controversial play to push the game In their favor, they’ll have to get it the normal way.

  23. Here is the thing, Jennings did have possesion and it sure looked to most people as such BUT, you can’t say that Tate didn’t have his hands on it and also had possesion. There is no such rule as having more possesion, either you do or you don’t, and no rule stating 2 hands equals more possesion than 1. Tie goes to offense, simple as pie.

  24. Tate: Okay, so he had two hands on the ball and control before I made an incredible one handed catch. Yeah that’s my story and I’m sticking with it.

  25. That whole Seahawk locker room, players and coaches, probably all swore a blood oath not to stray from the official story. Well, at least not while the season plays out.

  26. I agree! One armed possession and two armed possession are seen as equal and Golden Tate had his hand and arm on the football from the start. As for the push off, it was made real clear by the replacement refs that they had been instructed to let aggressive play happen on hail mary passes. Mr. Tate also admitted to pushing off when he watched the tape.

  27. He did catch the ball AND I AM A PACKER FAN: my argument:Jennings had both hands on the ball in the air, Tate had one hand on the ball , while Jennings had both hands on in the air. Jennings then came down with the ball and one foot, meanwhile Tate, still with one hand on the ball comes down with both feet and now two hands on the ball. In other words, Tate Came down with the ball and possession just as Jennings gets his second foot down. Aka Mutual possession. Catches are not catches in the air with no feet on the ground thats my biggest argument. Why is this so hard for people to see, its clear as day and makes perfect logical sense! IT IS A MUTUAL POSSESSION TOUCHDOWN! ACCEPT IT AND MOVE ON.

  28. If by catching the ball he means grabbing at AFTER someone else caught and had possession of it, and benefitting off of one of the worst calls in sports history, then maybe he has a point.

  29. Yeah Golden thats exactly why they fired the replacement refs immediatley after they said you “caught” the ball. Keep on telling yourself that big guy.

  30. It was a catch.

    Of course Florio fails to mention the ludicrous calls that gave the Packers the “lead” in the 1st place. If every call had been made correctly in that game it would have ended 7-3 Seahawks anyway. 14-12 is poetic justice.

  31. If by “I absolutely did catch the ball” he means “I absolutely caught the guy who caught the ball” … then yes, he is accurate.

  32. He isn’t under oath so he can lie like a rug all he wants to.
    Though I think he still would under oath.
    He’s got his pride so of course he will always think he caught it or fool himself into believing that.

  33. Drop dead Tate. Can’t wait for the Pack to win the SuperBowl this year so we can all act like Pete. You know, jump around like a nerd who just begged his way inro a mercy date with the hot chick at work.

  34. What would we expect him to say……..lets move on and get going with the post season. looking forward to all the games…….Go Hawks!

  35. This just proves that most of America

    is dumber than a box of rocks. Most:

    Fail to grasp reading comprehension of the rule in the rule book.

    Fail to grasp historical precedent in the NFL in regards to the following situations:

    – offensive players gets the benefit of the doubt in these close tiebreaker situations

    – players have been known to establish and make catches with one hand

    – what seemed one way in real time or to our eyes is not always the case in the NFL.

  36. I can’t fault the player for saying things like that, it doesn’t do him any good to say otherwise. But ti’s the seahawks fans that crack me up when they try to re-define simultaneous catch. Answer one question hawk fans, why did the NFL push so hard to get the real refs back 2 days later if that was the right call?

  37. He did catch the ball AND I AM A PACKER FAN: my argument:Jennings had both hands on the ball in the air, Tate had one hand on the ball , while Jennings had both hands on in the air. Jennings then came down with the ball and one foot, meanwhile Tate, still with one hand on the ball comes down with both feet and now two hands on the ball. In other words, Tate Came down with the ball and possession just as Jennings gets his second foot down. Aka Mutual possession. Catches are not catches in the air with no feet on the ground thats my biggest argument. Why is this so hard for people to see, its clear as day and makes perfect logical sense! IT IS A MUTUAL POSSESSION TOUCHDOWN! ACCEPT IT AND MOVE ON

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    I believe you are a packer fan, just not a knowledgable football fan. Simultaneous catch can’t happen if Jennings got both hands on the ball first. The rule stops there. Everything else you just typed after that is all irrelevant. (also, tate didn’t get his second hand on the ball until they were lying on their backs. Watch the replay)

  38. Although it would mean my 49ers lost, a Packer/Seahawk rematch would be great to watch.

    Anyone else feel like the Packers would win easily?

  39. the seahawks really need to eat some humble pie. im sick of the whole we are better than everybody, but nobody will recognize it attitude they’ve had down the stretch. the whole i caught the ball, you just clouldnt tell…..then pete carroll running up and down the sideline like they just won the superbowl, twice. this team is pedestrian on the road, how they are favored going into d.c. i will never know. i would love for the seahawks to somehow find their way to frisco, for a little payback…..but i really dont want to have to watch pete carroll , richard sherman, or golden tate for that matter have any reason to celebrate, anything, ever again……..

  40. I didn’t think a player from Notre Dame could be that stupid to think he caught that pass. Hey you won the game, it is not going to change but at least admit the refs made a terrible call. Did you not see the piece on (Sports Science) regarding this play? You touched the ball equal to the amount of time a player who is making a tackle on every play touches the ball.

  41. The call on the field was so egregious it forced the NFL to settle the ref strike. That is the strongest statement you could make regarding the call and then you have Tate insisting otherwise.

    Its like winning the lottery and then running around bragging about how smart you are for picking the numbers. Its a gift from above, just shut up and take it without making a fool of yourself.

  42. I’m a NDame fan and thought Tate was a dynamic player for them. But this is just ridiculous. Lost all respect for him. Man up dude. He and Suh should have dinner because they would make a perfect couple.

  43. In related stories;

    Ray Rice states he really did make the line to gain on 4th and 3 1/2 miles, Jim Harbaugh denies the clock ran while the measurement was done vs. the Rams, Justin Forsett denies being down by contact before he scored on the Lions and Victor Cruz still claims he was hit illegally in the head vs. the Steelers (during the play he hurt his ribs).

    None of those inadvertant whistles sounded, either.

  44. Even if he was right(which he isnt)and he did catch the td pass it should have been ruled a severe pass interference penalty on tate nullifying the td.he wont ever admit his foul either,what a loser.

  45. On a side note. The replacement refs were held under a microscope…even by the league which publicly expressed it’s dissatisfaction at times. If you utter a word about the current officials you’ll go directly to jail and can’t collect your $200. Boggles my mind.

  46. Wawawa blah blah blah. He caught it. We won. Get over it. Only losers look to that as an excuse of why we won. We man handled them all game and got screwed on calls that allowed Green Bay to score. So time to move on and enjoy the success of the SEAHAWKS!!!

  47. He did catch it. It was ruled a catch on the field and reviewed. Also, Seattle got a W. Does PBR make you stupid or is that the natural condition of the Packers fan?

  48. ringwormsherm says:
    Jan 5, 2013 10:16 AM
    Wawawa blah blah blah. He caught it. We won. Get over it. Only losers look to that as an excuse of why we won. We man handled them all game and got screwed on calls that allowed Green Bay to score. So time to move on and enjoy the success of the SEAHAWKS!!!

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    Hey moron, this story is about a Seahawks fan bringing it up because the Media asked him. Not Packer fans that are still complaining. Read the notes, we’re sick of hearing about it. FYI I still think we’ve got the better record?

  49. After reading these comments, I’d be embarrassed to be a packer fan. Not even seahawk fans cried this much about getting absolutely screwed by the refs over and over in the superbowl, let alone one questionable call in a week 3 regular season game. My goodness, what a bunch of whiny crybabies. Get over it.

  50. schmokes says:
    Answer one question hawk fans, why did the NFL push so hard to get the real refs back 2 days later if that was the right call?
    ________________

    Because of the fan outcry! After watching that play endless times in ultra slow mo, after hearing commentators drone on about how the game of football was becoming a joke, after the nation all but demonized the Seahawks over a questionable call…the league got serious with negotiations, nothing more, nothing less. Remember, regular refs upheld the call on replay!

  51. Vikings just put an end to Packers their miserable season so their fans can complain about the cold weather and Peterson getting too many carries making it unfair. Listened to so many of them whine and complain all year, give it up. Redskins this weekend, Go Hawks!

  52. Not a pack fan or Seahawks fan so don’t assume anything when I say this. I will concede Jennings had 2 hands on the ball in the air vs 1 hand that Tate had. An argument can be made for 1 handed catches, but not sure same argument can be used for dual possession, 1 hand vs 2

    Problem is with the rule. You can’t have a “catch until you posses the ball and maintain control all the way to the ground. By the time Tate hit the ground he had both hands on the ball, and Jennings still hadn’t touched the ground. So Tate completed the “catch” requirements before Jennings did.

    However dual possession means both players have possession simultaneously. Not sure I would say Tate has possession simultaneously as Jennings in the air.

    Without a doubt Tate has both hands around the ball when he touches down in the end zone, and since the ruling on the field was TD, I don’t see enough in replay to overturn it.

    To the Franco Harris poster, there was no doubt Franco caught the ball, the doubt was whether or not it bounced off fuqua, which at the time was illegal.

  53. Hate to be captain obvious here but Florio is going to keep this story in his back pocket and whenever he wants to poke the Pack for some outrage, he will keep pushing this button. You 12-year-olds are being played.

  54. Guess what Green Bay? Seattle is coming to settle this out right in the nfc championship… if you can get by SF. And we know your worried.

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