Moment 31 Fail Mary

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September 24, 2012

The Packers lose on a Monday night in Seattle, 14-12, on a last-gasp touchdown pass that replacement officials controversially rule a catch by Seahawks WR Golden Tate rather than an interception by Green Bay’s M.D. Jennings.

The “Fail Mary” play produced national outrage, and the league’s lockout of the officials’ union ended two days later.

That didn’t help the Packers get back a win they should have had, though, after recovering from a disastrous first half that saw QB Aaron Rodgers sacked eight times. Yet the Packers trailed just 7-0 and put together three scoring drives to grab a 12-7 lead in the fourth quarter.

Green Bay’s defense stopped Seattle on a fourth down inside the 10-yard line with two minutes left, but the Packers ended up punting from the back of their own end zone a minute later.

The fateful play was a fourth-and-10 from the Green Bay 24, with Tate and Jennings the two players amidst a sea of bodies in the end zone getting to the ball. An extensive replay review upheld the call of a “simultaneous catch,” which goes to the offense, and the Packers had lost.
  • Fail Mary
    Photo credit: AP / Ric Tapia
  • Fail Mary
    Photo credit: AP / Ric Tapia
  • Fail Mary
    Photo credit: AP / Ric Tapia