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Seahawks’ Geno Smith sends message after critical replay upset

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The Seattle Seahawks unexpectedly got into a dogfight with the Las Vegas Raiders at home in Week 12. However, a great catch by DK Metcalf brought the Seahawks near midfield with about a minute left in rule and the game tied.

The Seahawks appeared to be aiming for the potentially game-winning field goal. But then, unexpectedly, something else happened — in the replay, officials knocked over Metcalf’s catch for a 12-yard gain. With the overthrow, the Seahawks moved back to their own 35-yard line to face third and tenth places. A sack in third place then forced Seattle to poke.

The Seahawks had another possession in overtime after Metcalf’s reverse catch, but Seattle didn’t win another first down. The Raiders went on to win 40-34.

It was a tough road for the Seahawks to lose, but quarterback Geno Smith didn’t blame officials for knocking over Metcalf’s key catch.

“It was a game within a game of many games,” Smith told the media after the Week 12 matchup. “I could have given him a better pass. Like I said, being a thumb pointer, those are the things I can correct. Nobody is perfect. You can see across the league that every quarterback is going to make some mistakes. I just have to get better in some aspects and put it all on myself.

“Put it on me. I’ll be better.”

It took an unusually long time to check Metcalf’s 12-yard reception, about a minute before regulation began. Typically for the NFL, a long throwback means the game is too close to knock it down, and with that conclusion, the decision is usually on the field.

However, this is not the case in this situation.

“The explanation wasn’t that the ball touched the ground, it was that Metcalf wasn’t controlling it as it rolled out.” ESPN’s Brady Henderson tweeted.

It took a few minutes for even the CBS broadcast crew, along with rules expert Gene Steratore, to come to that conclusion. The TV crew and officials on the field all called it a snag on first and even second reviews of the play.

“Both guys on the side, the umpires on the side, they saw it as a clean catch,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said during his post-game press conference. “I didn’t see the replay. I understand they were talking about the ball being moved after it went wide. You have to survive the ground. That’s what they’re trying to find out there. They knew it was a snag on the side, so they were surprised it was rotated.”

The overturned Metcalf catch helped push the Seahawks-Raiders matchup into overtime. Seattle then had another golden opportunity to win after the unfortunate fall.

Las Vegas missed a 56-yard field goal on the first possession of overtime. Because of the long miss, Seattle started the next drive at their own 46-yard line.

The Seahawks only needed about 15 yards to get to the edge of Jason Myers’ field goal range, and any hit would have meant Seattle the win.

But after gaining 5 yards on first down, the Seahawks didn’t move the ball at all for the next two games. Despite the gold field position, Seattle barely got into Las Vegas territory and had to punt.

On the first play of the next Raiders drive, Josh Jacobs ran for an 86-yard score.

The reversed Metcalf catch at the end of regulation was critical, but as Smith said, a play isn’t defined by a play. Seattle missed their great chance to win in overtime.

On the first play of the next Raiders drive, Josh Jacobs ran for an 86-yard score.

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