The NFL released a statement Tuesday announcing that Monday night’s result between the Packers and Seahawks will stand.
The game ended on a controversial touchdown catch by Seahawks WR Golden Tate. One official ruled touchdown, while another ruled interception, as Tate and Packers CB M.D. Jennings fought for possession. The ruling on the field was a simultaneous catch and was not overturned by review.
The league admits in its statement that Tate should have been flagged for offensive pass interference for shoving Packers CB Sam Shields, but that is not reviewable.
The statement then reads as follows:
“Replay Official Howard Slavin stopped the game for an instant replay review. The aspects of the play that were reviewable included if the ball hit the ground and who had possession of the ball. In the end zone, a ruling of a simultaneous catch is reviewable. That is not the case in the field of play, only in the end zone.
“Referee Wayne Elliott determined that no indisputable visual evidence existed to overturn the call on the field, and as a result, the on-field ruling of touchdown stood. The NFL Officiating Department reviewed the video today and supports the decision not to overturn the on-field ruling following the instant replay review.
“The result of the game is final.”