September 27, 2012 13 Comments
It is understandable why the call at the end of the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers game on Monday Night Football is clouded in controversy.
Like the NFL, I can very easily say that there was a Pass Interference call that wasn’t made on Golden Tate, but let’s be honest players get mugged on every Hail Mary. If you want to debate if the flag should have been thrown or not, fine go ahead but at this point I’d rather just move on to some images of the play.
This image is from the exclusive video taken by Q13 Fox (KCPQ-Seattle):
For those that doubted that Tate had any sort of possession it is easy to see in the above image that he does indeed have his entire hand firmly around the ball.
The next image shows the ball before it gets to the players, and it shows a couple of important things. The first is that Jennings’ feet are both still in the air, and the second is that Tate does have his left hand between Jennings’ hands.
This next image shows that both players appear to have possession of the ball. However, what is important to note is that Jennings’ feet are NOT on the ground, and to fully “possess” the ball you must have both feet on the ground. Speaking of feet on the ground, that is where Tate’s feet are.
Now in this image you can see that Jennings’ feet are both finally on the ground, and you should also see that it looks as if both players have “possession” of the ball.
If after seeing the above two images you still don’t buy that Tate had possession of the ball too, look closely at the following picture. What you will see is that Tate’s right hand is actually under Jennings’ hand. I circled each and you can actually see Tate’s fingers under Jennings’ hand — which also means Tate’s hand is the one on the ball. You can’t see Tate’s left hand on the ball in this image, but it clearly shows his arm in a position that would allow him to be on the ball. If you refer back to the first image along with this one, it should be apparent that Tate had not one, but two hands on the ball, and one hand was actually under Jennings’ hand.
If anyone wants the original images emailed to them just send me an email and I will forward them to you. They are much larger and will make it much easier to see Tate’s fingers in the last image.