SEATTLE (AP) — Pete Carroll said he doesn't care about sentiments that the Seattle Seahawks' win over the Green Bay Packers is a tainted victory because of a disputed call on the final play of the game.
During his weekly radio appearance Tuesday morning on 710 KIRO-AM in Seattle, Carroll said he understands why there is so much outrage about the call that awarded Golden Tate a 24-yard touchdown reception and gave the Seahawks a 14-12 win but he said it was right.
"They called it and the league backed it up and game over, we win," Carroll said.
The Seahawks were off on Tuesday, their lone day off this week, and were set to resume practice Wednesday in preparation for a road game at St. Louis.
The decision to award Seattle a touchdown on the final play capped a weekend of building frustration toward replacement officials. The confusion on the field didn't help the situation. One official standing over the pile in the end zone signaled touchdown while another next to him did not signal a score. The video review was lengthy and the conclusion of the game was delayed nearly 10 minutes after the teams went to the locker room, then had to be retrieved for the extra point.
Carroll said the call ruling it a simultaneous catch, which awards the reception to the offense, was correct, although it was unclear if Tate ever had as much possession of the ball as it appeared Green Bay defensive back M.D. Jennings did.
The NFL said in a statement Tuesday that the touchdown pass should not have been overturned — but acknowledged Tate should have been called for offensive pass interference before the catch. The league also said there was no indisputable evidence to reverse the call made on the field.
"Golden makes an extraordinary effort. It's a great protection; it's a great throw. It's a great attempt at the ball and he wins the battle," Carroll said. "They were right on the point looking right at it, standing right over the thing and they reviewed it. Whether they missed the push or not — obviously they missed the push in the battle for the ball — but that stuff goes on all the time."