Three controversial calls that have favored Seahawks


Three controversial calls that have favored Seahawks

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Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is defended by cornerback Richard Sherman on a fourth down play that ended Atlanta's drive in the final minutes of Seattle's 26-24 win Oct. 26, 2016, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle.

While NFL reviews the controversial play that ended the Falcons’ hopes of winning at Seattle Sunday, here's a look back at other calls in recent years that have benefited the Seahawks.

Sept. 24, 2012: Green Bay Packers @ Seattle Seahawks

With Seattle trailing and only seconds left in the game, quarterback Russell Wilson threw a desperation pass from 24 yards out to the corner of the end zone. 

Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate shoved Green Bay’s Sam Shields out of the way, then wrestled with M.D. Jennings for possession on the ground.

One official waived the play off an incomplete pass. Another signaled touchdown. 

Wide receiver Golden Tate of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers on a controversial call by the officials Sept. 24, 2012, at CenturyLink Field on in Seattle. Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

The ruling on the field was touchdown.

The referees - replacements, put on the field by the NFL as it negotiated contracts - conferred.

For more than 10 minutes, the play was reviewed. Referee Wayne Elliott came out from under the hood and announced “the ruling on the field stands” and CenturyLink Field erupted in celebration.

End result: Seahawks 14, Packers 12. 

Oct. 5, 2015: Detroit Lions @ Seattle Seahawks

The Detroit Lions trailed 13-10 with 1:51 left in the game in Seattle.

Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson lunged for the end zone from the 1 yard line, but Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor punched the ball out of his hands just short of the goal line.

Linebacker K.J. Wright then knocked the ball out of the back of the end zone.

Seattle Linebacker K.J. Wright bats a loose ball out of the back of the end zone against the Detroit Lions Oct. 5, 2015, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. The Seahawks won the game 13-10. Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

The officials ruled a touchback with no flags thrown. In the days that followed the NFL said the officials erred, citing the "illegal bat" rule.

Rule 12, Section 4, Article 1 


It is an illegal bat if: (b) a player of either team bats or punches the ball (that has touched the ground) in any direction, if it is in either end zone. 


Penalty: Of the foul is by the defense, it it an automatic first down.

End result: The Seahawks took over on their own 20. Seattle held on for a 13-10 win to improve to 2-2 on the season. Detroit fell to 0-4.

Oct. 16, 2016: Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks

After throwing an interception on the previous drive that allowed the Seahawks to take a 26-24 lead in closing minutes the Falcons were down to a final down.

Facing fourth-and-10 at their own 25, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan shifted in the pocket and launched a throw to midfield to All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones.

Wide receiver Julio Jones can't make the catch on fourth down as cornerback Richard Sherman defends Oct. 16, 2016, at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

Jones tried to make a one-handed catch with Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman appearing to be holding Jones' right arm. The ball fell incomplete.

No call was made.

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