A closer look illustrates how a "Golden" moment was made possible for the Seahawks.
As Green Bay strong safety M.D. Jennings made the seemingly game-saving interception, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate found himself in a very unfavorable position.
But Jennings, a would-be hero, was eclipsed by Tate’s super ability to not give in and never quit on a play.
Tate, a 5’10” wide receiver, was outnumbered by Packers defenders, including Jennings, who rose high in the air to catch Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson’s Hail Mary pass at the end of the game.
Some might credit Wilson for throwing the pass, but the rookie quarterback was 9-for-20 (45 percent) as he took the snap with eight seconds left, and his throw found Green Bay’s Jennings in a great spot to be the clutch performer of the night.
While many receivers give up on a ball when the defender is in a better position to catch the ball, Tate didn’t stop trying to win and fought until the end.
First, he shoved Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields out of the way. Then, Tate used a strategy often utilized by defenders: Let the opponent catch the ball then knock it down, strip the ball or simultaneously grab the ball and get possession.
Tate refused to quit on the play and forced the officials to make a tough choice.
Tate, the 60th overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft despite hauling in 93 passes for 1,496 and 15 TDs as a junior at Notre Dame in 2009, had his best game as a pro on Monday Night Football against the Green Bay Packers.
His 68 receiving yards was the most of his career and he also had his first multi-touchdown game. Tate had two TDs in the game—he had three touchdowns in 29 previous NFL games (including playoffs).
Although he played with the Fighting Irish, there was nothing lucky about Tate’s effort on the final play.