RACINE -- There is at least one Wisconsin family that's happy about the Seattle Seahawks win over the Green Bay Packers in Seattle Monday night. Chris Maragos plays for the Seattle Seahawks, but hails from Wisconsin. FOX6 News spoke with his family as they returned from Seattle Tuesday afternoon.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a pass into the end zone. Several players, including Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate and Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings, jumped into the air in an attempt to catch the ball.
While the ball is in the air, Tate can be seen shoving Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields to the ground. This should have been a penalty for offensive pass interference, which would have ended the game. It was not called and is not reviewable in instant replay.
When the players hit the ground in the end zone, the officials determined that both Tate and Jennings had possession of the ball. Under the rule for simultaneous catch, the ball belongs to Tate, the offensive player. The result of the play was a touchdown.
Replay Official Howard Slavin stopped the game for an instant replay review. The aspects of the play that were reviewable included if the ball hit the ground and who had possession of the ball. In the end zone, a ruling of a simultaneous catch is reviewable. That is not the case in the field of play, only in the end zone.
Referee Wayne Elliott determined that no indisputable visual evidence existed to overturn the call on the field, and as a result, the on-field ruling of touchdown stood.
The result of the game is final.
The Maragos family flew to Seattle to see their 11-month-old grandson Micah. They also watched Chris play Monday Night Football in the most-talked-about game this season.
"When he came out, they were so ecstatic, just to get the win. They're 2-1. The fans and the crowd were just crazy, so he was just excited. He hadn't even had a chance to look at tape or anything at this point. It was an unbeliveable perspective and amazing what happened of course," Maragos' parents said.
Maragos' parents said they didn't realize how close the play was because they were sitting in the opposite end zone with family members of Seahawks players. It wasn't until hours after the game that they realized the last play would become clouded in controversy.
"I know it's heartbreaking because if you're on the other side of that, you're just very irritated about it and we've seen it gone the other way too. These officials are doing the best that they can possibly do. Nobody is trying to make bad calls, but I don't know if they're the caliber of a normal NFL ref," Maragos' parents said.
The Maragos' say it's unfortunate how the end of the game will be remembered.
"We're Wisconsinites we love the Packers and we've always been green and gold fans too, and always will be, and Badgers fans," Maragos' parents said.
The Maragos' said they feel if there was ever a game or an incident that would speed up a deal between the NFL and the referees, Monday night's game would be it.
They also said their son talked with Packers' Greg Jennings after the game, and they both had an understanding that this is a tough situation, but they're all friends in the end.
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