Golden Tate on game-winning Hail Mary catch: ‘I know I had the ball’

Even the professionals get lucky sometimes. With replacement officials on the field, it’s more likely than ever to happen. The Seahawks got lucky on Monday night. Anyone who saw the pass interference call against the Packers on the final drive of the game and the instantly infamous Hail Mary catch by Golden Tate can tell you that. Of course, Tate is among the very small minority who believe the Seahawks won fair and square.

After shoving a Packers defender down while the ball was in the air, Tate tried to go up and make the catch. Instead, Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings intercepted the pass and clearly gained possession on his way to the ground. The officials apparently thought Tate had simultaneous possession, which by rule goes to the offense. That’s the way Tate saw it as well.

“Yes, I did,” he said on SiriusXM NFL Radio after the game, according to Pro Football Talk. “I know I had the ball in my hands the entire — from the moment that it was catchable. I had my hands on the ball, just fought for it and tried to come down with it.

“I didn’t know what they called, I just know that I had the ball in my hands and at the bottom of the pile I was just fighting to maintain that.”

Since one official made the signal for touchdown while the other waived his arms above his head to indicate an interception, no one knew what the call on the field was. The only thing viewers at home knew for certain was that Jennings had intercepted the pass. The Packers players were irate after the game and many of them took to Twitter to rip the NFL and the officials, and who can blame them? With the exception of Pete Carroll and Tate, just about everyone thinks the referee lockout has to end.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FH6JTCTG5LBVPCTHE5UEG3D7T4 tim benton

    Come on Tate, quit being a tit and admit you let go of the ball and then grabbed it after the packer was touching the ground. It is OK to state you got a gift, it is not to lie about it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/fredjonesmacca Fred Jones

    Tate lost any credibility for me during his on-the-field post-game comments. First, he made a point of clarifying that he “plays for God first, my team second.” Shortly thereafter when asked if he “shoved off” he looked at the reporter and said with a completely straight face: “I don’t have any idea what you’re talking about.”  Even if one could argue that the final catch was a debateable issue, the offensive pass interference “shove” by Tate was not. As he was clearly lying about the shove, he has no credibility in claiming he caught the ball . . . and his apparent need to bring God into the whole thing is simply despicable.

  • Brien Patterson

    What makes you think that Carroll and Tate don’t want the regular refs back? It was a replacement ref who made the bad pass interference call on Kam Chancellor that kept Green Bay’s only TD drive alive. It was a replacement ref who awarded a ridiculous challenge over the spot of the ball, again keeping the same drive alive just because the nfl is too stupid to remove the yellow first down line from replay video. Of course the hawks are happy to have the real refs back. The stand-ins nearly cost them the game. Oh, wait…there can only be one bad call per game right? Yeah right.

  • James Nedweski

    You know Carrol is a dumb idoit. I hope the Sea Hawks loose Tate, Wilson, and there backups and have a losing season. Just admit the facts you pieces of crap.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1617222980 Michael Moore

    Gotta love when someone is referring to another as an idiot and spells it wrong….choking on the irony….