Hail Mary or Failed Mary? Seahawks get the call and the win


by: MICHAEL WORKMAN - Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll (left) is in the end zone helping the NFL replacement officials make the call of touchdown as they try to unravel the final play Monday night against the Green Bay Packers.SEATTLE — Winners and losers from Monday Night Football's wild, controversial finish at CenturyLink Field:


•Â The Seattle Seahawks, now 2-1 this season after their 14-12 victory over the Green Bay Packers on a last-second Hail Mary pass of 24 yards that many are saying should have been ruled a Failed Mary

•Â Seattle receiver Golden Tate, who sort of, maybe caught the winning touchdown in the end zone, after getting away with a shove on defender Sam Shields

• Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, who came through at the end of a bumpy second half in a tough, physical game against a recent Super Bowl champion and further vindicated his starting role as a rookie out of Wisconsin by beating the pro team from that state

•Â Sidelined NFL referees, who no doubt gained huge leverage in their contract negotiations with the league


•Â The Packers, who fell to 1-2 and left shaking their heads at the game's final call by both the substitute on-field and replay officials

•Â Green Bay defensive back M.D. Jennings, who appeared to have an interception, at least while he was in mid-air in the traffic jam beyond the goal line after time ran out

•Â The NFL's replacement officiais, now under more criticism and pressure than ever after — in the opinion, seemingly, of most experts and observers — blowing a call that decided the game and cost the Packers a road win

•Â The NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell, whose already rocky weekend with the replacement officials took an unsightly turn for the worse with basically every football fan in the country watching