Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks

When a play can be recalled by just saying two words, it had to have been memorable.

That's exactly what happened when the 'Fail Mary' happened on Monday Night Football during the 2012 NFL season, which received a re-airing Monday evening on ESPN. 

The Green Bay Packers led 12-7 over the Seattle Seahawks with just eight seconds remaining. One more stop away from leaving CenturyLink Field victorious. The Seahawks had the ball at the 24-yard-line of Green Bay needing a touchdown.

Then it happened.

After quarterback Russell Wilson ran for his life, he threw a desperation pass into the endzone as time ran out. The ball is "simultaneously" caught by Packers safety M.D. Jennings and Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate. Both teams possessed the ball and the tiebreaker rules in favor of the offense, leading to a Seahawks victory.

However, anyone looking at the play can tell that Jennings intercepted the ball (even Seahawks fans privately admit that to themselves). Then, Tate kind of grabs onto the ball in hopes of a bad ruling from the referees, which is what happened.

After deliberation, the referees, who were replacement refs due to a strike from the full-time ones, rewarded Seattle with a touchdown. 

It shows, too, with this iconic GIF of one referee ruling an interception while the other referee signals touchdown.

Despite the embarrassment for the league (the game was so bad it ended the referee's strike), Seattle fans remember the moment fondly as it went in their favor and at the expense of the Green Bay Packers. 

 

One man standing in solidarity with the 12s is former Seahawks receiver Golden Tate who live-tweeted the re-airing of arguably his most iconic moment.

He also retweeted this tweet stating how great it was seeing the Packers robbed of a victory.

Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright also got in on the fun.

Additionally, Tate missed those Seattle teams from early in his career. Despite this being Wilson's rookie season, the Seahawks knew after 2012 they had a contender on their hands.