Af­ter los­ing on ‘Fail Mary’ ear­lier, Green Bay to root for Seat­tle win

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Pay up, Seahawks. The Green Bay Pack­ers have put the In­ac­cu­rate Re­cep­tion be­hind them, and they’ve done their best not to be­grudge Seat­tle the win that really wasn’t. But karma has a way of coming back around, and the Seahawks have a chance to put things right this week­end.

“With­out look­ing in the past, we have to root for a team we fell short to,” Clay Matthews said Thurs­day. “So that’s how it goes. We’ll con­trol our own des­tiny by win­ning th­ese out and hopefully we can get some help along the way.”

See, San Fran­cisco (10-3-1) is a game ahead of Green Bay (10-4) for the NFC’s No. 2 seed and Seat­tle plays the 49ers on Sun­day night. Beat the Nin­ers and the Seahawks can es­sen­tially get the Pack­ers back to where they would have been had re­place­ment ref­er­ees not blown that call back in Septem­ber.

Which means that, pro­vid­ing they beat Ten­nessee on Sun­day af­ter­noon, the Pack­ers will find them­selves root­ing for the Seahawks.

“Yeah, but we’d love to have that bye, be sit­ting there at the 1 or 2 seed,” Aaron Rodgers said. “So at this point, we’re try­ing to have a short me­mory, kind of root­ing for the teams that you need to win.”

The In­ac­cu­rate Re­cep­tion, al­ter­nately known as the Fail Mary, was ar­guably the worst call of the NFL sea­son. Green Bay safety M.D. Jen­nings ap­peared to in­ter­cept a last-ditch pass to Seahawks wide re­ceiver Golden Tate in the end zone only to have re­place­ment ref­er­ees rule it a touch­down, giv­ing Seat­tle a 14-12 win.

While the NFL said the next day that the re­cep­tion call was right, it con­ceded that Tate should have been called for in­ter- fer­ence, which would have given Green Bay the win.

Bills: Buf­falo cor­ner­back and re­turn spe­cial­ist Leodis McKelvin has been placed on in­jured re­serve be­cause of a groin in­jury. The Bills signed line­backer Kirk Mor­ri­son back to the team af­ter re­leas­ing him on Dec. 3 af­ter he was in­ac­tive for 12 games.

Ea­gles: Philadel­phia has signed tight end Evan Moore. The 27-year-old re­places backup Clay Har­bor, who was placed on in­jured re­serve ear­lier in the week.

Giants: New York wide re­ceiver Ha­keem Nicks re­turned to prac­tice af­ter miss­ing the pre­vi­ous day with a sprained left knee.

Seahawks: The de­fen­sive line took a hit as Seat­tle placed de­fen­sive tackle Ja­son Jones on in­jured re­serve with a lin­ger­ing knee in­jury. The Seahawks pro­moted de­fen­sive tackle He­bron Fan­gupo from the prac­tice squad to takes Jones’ ros­ter spot.

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