Strangest Events from Packers-Seahawks Game on MNF
But Angel may have been bewildered by five strange things that unfolded in this Week 3 matchup.
This wild affair saw ghostly plays, weird broadcaster analogies and deceptive items lying on the field. Oddly enough, five events occurred in the first half of this game.
There was also a controversial bonus play that will forever go down as one of the biggest blunders in NFL history.
These strange plays are the subject of this slideshow.
Aaron Rodgers Lit Up by Ghost
Early in the first quarter, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers became part of a very odd play.
With the 12th man screaming its collective head off, Rodgers took the snap, went back in the pocket and fell backwards to the ground.
Originally MNF commentators Jon Gruden and Mike Tirico thought one of Green Bay’s linemen stepped on Rodgers' foot.
But a look at the replay revealed Rodgers had simply slipped to the turf, as if a ghostly linebacker came from nowhere to sack Rodgers.
Giant Bag of Skittles
In the second quarter, Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch took the handoff from quarterback Russell Wilson.
In vintage style, Lynch ran the ball with authority, carrying three Packers players with his powerfully-driving legs.
But somehow Tirico found a way to compare Lynch's carrying a football to carrying a bag of everyone’s favorite rainbow candy.
According to Tirico, Lynch is holding onto [the football] like a big bag of Skittles.
This of course was in reference to Lynch's mother giving him Skittles prior to Pop Warner games. Of course Tirico did not tell the story behind this analogy until late in the fourth quarter when he made the reference again.
Mysterious Yellow Items on Field
Later that quarter, Tirico struck again.
After a fairly routine play, Tirico pointed to a flag on the play.
This was not out of the ordinary, for there were a dozen or so flags thrown in the first half. What was out of the ordinary was what Tirico said next.
From Tirico (again):
No flag on the play…It was actually a piece of Packers equipment on the field.
12th Man Hurts Home Team?
Normally, opposing teams are the ones committing penalty after penalty due to the unworldly noise in the Seahawks' home stadium.
But for some reason, Seattle's players were the ones stripping home-field advantage from home-field advantage.
Seattle uncharacteristically committed six penalties for 50 yards in the first half. Half these penalties were false starts, committed when the home fans were courteously quiet for their Seahawks.
Packers O-Line Vanishes
Angel would have really loved this one. I actually felt bad for Rodgers, for his offensive line just…poof—vanished into thin air in the first half.
Football fans throughout America cringed as Seattle sacked Rodgers eight times in the half. The NFL record for sacks in a half is nine. This happened on October 3, 2010 when the NY Giants torched the Chicago Bears offensive line.
On the last play in the fourth quarter, Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate caught a Hail Mary to win the game. Or did he?
Some say it was simultaneous possession. Others argue M.D. Jennings had more of the football.
Regardless of what you feel, the difference between both refs in the end zone on the final play points to the fracture poor play calling is creating in the NFL.
One ref signaled touchdown. The other signaled game over.
It was an awful way to finish a very strange game (and a very strange week).
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