The day John Riggins retired from the Washington Redskins I stopped being a Redskins fan. In fact, in last nights playoff game I was pulling for the Seattle Seahawks, and they were clearly the better team. But that doesn’t change the fact that the Seahawks benefited from a blown call in route to a 24-14 victory over Washington.
Marshawn Lynch ran for a 27-yard score with 7:08 remaining in the game. It was a fantastic run that was made even more compelling because Lynch’s quarterback, Russell Wilson, threw a key block that allowed the running back to score. TV announcers Joe Buck and Troy Aikman were duly impressed by the rookie QBs gutsy play. And, it was gutsy. It was also a penalty. Missed in the excitement of the score and the unusual lead blocker was the fact that Russell Wilson committed a “block in the back” penalty that should have negated the score and moved the Seahawks back 10 yards from the spot of the foul, the six-yard line.
By my calculations, that means the Seahawks should have had it first and ten at the 16-yard line instead of a touchdown. It’s a fairly significant non-call because the Seahawks were behind 14-13 when they scored.
What does all this mean? Nothing except that it may demonstrate further that the Seahawks are a team of destiny this year. They benefited from a bad call by replacement refs earlier in the year in a game against the Packers. Green Bay intercepted a ball in the end zone with no time left on the clock only to have a replacement referee inexplicably call it a touchdown for the Seahawks. Without that win, it’s possible the Seahawks wouldn’t make the playoffs.
I happen to think Seattle is the team with the most momentum remaining in the playoffs, and I’m predicting they will beat the Falcons next week, but it’s still fun to piss off the Seahawks faithful with speculations of what could have been had the referees not missed that call.