The Seattle Screw ened up factoring into the final playoff schedule after all. When it happened, the worst fear on the minds of sports fans everywhere, was that a blown call by a crew of replacement referees was going to have a deep impact on the playoff picture down the road. That one game likely kept the Packers out of a first round bye and very much helped the Seattle Seahawks reach the postseason.
But wide receiver Golden Tate still thinks that the call is much ado about nothing. According to Tate, he caught the ball and that’s all that needs to be said.
“I absolutely did catch the ball,” Tate told NBC Pro Football Talk’s Erik Kuselias. “Till my death I did catch the ball and I’m very confident that I caught the ball.”
Tate is still singing the same tune he was back in September when he appeared on SiriusXM NFL Radio to defend what was at the time, a play still very much fresh in the minds of everyone.
“Yes, I did,” Tate said in the September interview. “I know I had the ball in my hands the entire — from the moment that it was catchable. I had my hands on the ball, just fought for it and tried to come down with it.”
The call is still much debated, and if anything it’s credited as the reason the NFL and the NFLRA ended their labor dispute and allowed the “real” referees to come back to officiating games on Sundays. But while the call may be in the past, it’s ripple effect is still being felt almost four months after it happened. And apparently Golden Tate’s mind hasn’t changed about what happened that fateful Monday night in Seattle.