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NFL upholds controversial call

The NFL has upheld the Seahawks' 14-12 win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football.

The league said in a statement Tuesday that Seattle's last-second touchdown pass should not have been overturned.

The NFL says Seahawks receiver Golden Tate should have been called for offensive pass interference before the catch, which would have clinched a Packers victory, but that cannot be reviewed by instant replay.

The replacement officials ruled on the field that Tate had simultaneous possession with Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings, which counts as a reception. The NFL says that once that happened, the referee was correct that no indisputable visual evidence existed on review to overturn the touchdown call.

On the final play, Russell Wilson heaved a 24-yard pass into a scrum in the end zone. Tate and Jennings both got their hands on the ball, though the Packers insisted Jennings had clear possession for a game-ending interception.

 

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The NFL plans on addressing the hail Mary call from Monday night's game, according to NFL.com.

The controversial call gave the Seahawks a game-winning touchdown after officials ruled that Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate and Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings had simultaneous possession of the ball.

During the game one official ruled that the play was a touchdown while another appeared to signal the play a touchback.

There is no word yet on what time the NFL will address the public.

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