ATLANTA - Seattle was in the midst of an epic first-half collapse, with penalties and sacks and curious play calls combining for an absurd seven plays in the red zone with zero — literally — to show for it. Quarterback Russell Wilson had just taken a sack, and he was desperately trying to get off one last play, doing everything from rallying the troops to locating the ball like a kid on a manic Easter Egg hunt.
He pulled the Seahawks into formation and apparently got a snap off, if you believe the play clock shown above. TV viewers around the country wondered why an apparently live play was blown dead; a Seattle touchdown could have cut the deficit to 20-7 and given Atlanta something to think about in the locker room.
In the Georgia Dome, it was a different story. The game clock above the players' heads clearly ran down to zero. The referees blew their whistles, and both teams jogged off the field with nary a whisper of protest from the Seattle sideline. So what exactly happened?
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