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Seattle-Area Patchers React: 'Hawk Talk is Sympathetic, Not Sorry

Washington Patch users weigh in on the finish to the Green Bay-Seattle Monday Night Football game.

Seattleites and all Washingtonians know Monday night's last-second victory over the Green Bay Packers was lucky as a winning lottery ticket.

But few feel the need to apologize about that fact.

Out West, 'Hawks fans are saying, the team has caught its share of bad breaks and worse calls. (Remember Superbowl XL against Pittsburgh?) So when the team caught a good one – with the generous help of Packer defensive back M. D. Jennings and replacement refs  -- the thinking in the Evergreen State was, "It's about time."

Call it the Karmic Katch. Although to be honest, few seem to think that either the catch or the penalty just prior were exactly fair to the Packers faithful.

Seattle-area Patch sites already got a dose of the reaction from Wisconsin. Here's a sampling of comments from Patch users in Washington:

Dan

Tonight, I finally know what it feels like to be a Steelers fan.

David Crosby

I'm assuming that the Zeus of football is FINALLY paying us back for Vinnie Testaverde?

MacG

Hey, it's ugly, but it's a W. As a kid, it would be a do-over. Either way, bad calls throughout the game, just want the regular refs back.

Kevin Scheid

I think it was a good call. Since it was dual possession, it goes to the offensive player. If it was basketball, it would have been a jump ball. Since football does not have jump balls, they have other rules so the refs followed the rules. It was a good call. Get over it.

Bob Martinek

Who's gloating? Just happy to have a tough win against a quality team who did not play well enough to clearly win. Green Bay left the door open and there were many bad calls. Pass interference on Seattle to keep a drive alive by Green Bay, spotting the ball for a first down for Green Bay are just a couple that went their way. So the W goes to Seattle, be happy that it may help us get into the playoffs and quit whining about fair play, it's football for goodness sake, blame the NFL but not the Seahawks

Joe Urvina

There were bad calls all night on both sides of the ball. I can remember several bad calls that extended the Green Bay touchdown drive. If you are going to only focus on the last play of the game you are missing 99% of the problem. 
A win is a win is a win...

Brent Champaco September 27, 2012 at 12:02 AM
Hey all - Seattle editor here, so please don't bite my head off, at least until you read :) Here's my question. I realize Shields was pushed out of the way and should have been called for PI. But is anyone in Packerland questioning why none of the other defenders in that heap didn't: A) Surround and body up Tate a bit more? or B) Try to knock the ball down? It's the final play of the game. Inexcusable, in my humble opinion, for Jennings to try and catch it. I thought defenders were always taught to knock the ball down. OK, you can bite my head off now :)
Mark Schaaf September 27, 2012 at 01:17 AM
A lot of people bring out the "knock it down" argument, but that's not a foolproof method either...Wisconsin fans know this having watched the Badgers knock down a Michigan State Hail Mary pass last year, only to see a Spartan player catch it off the bounce and get into the end zone. So I hear what you're saying, but I personally didn't have a problem with the way the Packers defended it.
Marco Polo September 27, 2012 at 01:26 AM
The only person who should be embarrassed over this is Pete Carroll. "I don't care". Nice example for kids. Packers should have won. Seattle did. Let's all move on, but it would be nice if the jacka$@ coach from Seattle could at least show some humility.
Jim Price September 27, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Ooo, Brent. You're a Patch colleague and all, but you're trying to tell Packers fans how the game of football should be played? Better stay in Seattle next time the 'Hawks come to Lambeau :)
Carl Engelking September 27, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Receivers are trained to move to the front of the scrum to catch balls batted down just like that. I think Titus Young from the Lions caught one that way in Week 3 as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfgptokGlgk&feature=related

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