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Seattle bites on fake whistle, surrenders blocked punt to 49ers in opening minutes of the game

Jay Busbee
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The Seahawks were happy here. They'd be angry a few minutes later. (Getty Images)

Live by the noise, die by- what? You can't hear? OK, hang on:

LIVE BY THE NOISE, DIE BY THE NOISE: A LESSON THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS LEARNED THE HARD WAY SUNDAY NIGHT.

The Seahawks were about to punt on their first possession when a suspiciously referee-sounding whistle rang out. Many of the Seahawks on the line stood up, so when the ball was snapped, the punt-block team zipped right past the line and hammered Jon Ryan. The 49ers recovered the ball at the Seattle 33 as Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll lost his mind ... to no avail.

As it turned out, the block didn't hurt; Colin Kaepernick threw an interception at the goal line. Still, it was a troubling sign for the Seahawks; noise is wonderful when you can control it, but all too often you can't.

So, with the play and its ramifications clear, it's time to widen the net. Somebody blew that whistle, but who? It could have been a fan, yes, but we have some other suspects in mind:

The refs: It's a makeup call for last year's end zone debacle.

Kaepernick: The man's risking an eyebrow tonight, after all.

Jim Harbaugh, 49ers coach: Unlikely. You try whistling with a clenched jaw.

Richard Sherman, Seattle cornerback: Just to set himself up for heroics.

Ken Griffey Jr., former Seattle Mariner: Hey, Russell Wilson's star is fast approaching Junior's in Seattle.

Pearl Jam, Seattle institution: Viral marketing for their next album gone horribly wrong.

David Stern, former NBA commissioner: Because he's not done screwing over Seattle.

We may never know the truth.

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