The Seattle Seahawks failed to complete a two point conversion to tie the game against the Redskins when Russell Wilson got Malcolm Butler’d at the goal line. It was the EXACT same play from Super Bowl XLIX, how they still have this play in their playbook is baffling to me but that’s another story.
Fast forward to the the final play of the game, a Hail Mary, although unsuccessful, it was a play that shouldn’t have happened, and the NFL would have had a major problem had the Seahawks converted.
The play before the Hail Mary, Russell Wilson was sacked. The clock should have kept running, and if it had, the Seahawks, with receivers deep downfield, likely wouldn’t have had time to line everyone up for one last play. But the clock stopped, apparently because the clock operator wrongly “thought Wilson had thrown an incomplete pass.” In reality, the officials correctly ruled and replay subsequently confirmed that Wilson was down.
The Seahawks should NOT have had a final Hail Mary play vs Wash.
Why? And who's responsible?!
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— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) November 6, 2017
Former NFL V.P. of Officiating Mike Pereira said on a FOX video today that stopping the clock at 0:11 ended up being a huge mistake because it was 17 seconds later, with the Seahawks still not having run a play, that the officials buzzed the referee to review the Wilson sack.
“You had a clock error,” Pereira said. “You had 12 seconds when Russell Wilson went down on a knee, a whistle was blown ending the play. The clock operator stopped the clock. He stopped the clock with 11 seconds left to go. Seventeen seconds later — 17 seconds later, on a clock that was not supposed to stop . . . you had a buzz from replay. . . . The clock should never have stopped. I think it’s reasonable to say Seattle would have never gotten another play without this clock erroneously stopping.”
Pereira indicated that the league should discipline the clock operator for the mistake, which could have been decisive in the game.
“Obviously there’s a mistake made. Who’s accountable?” Pereira said. “To me, the league is pretty damn lucky that that pass was incomplete in the end zone and not a touchdown by Seattle.”
If this was New England, there would be a mob outside Gillette and this would lead the evening news. That’s not even an assumption, it’s a fact. It would be talked about on every sports show for the next week plus.
Quotes from PFT, Twitter