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