Green Bay Packers to face Seattle Seahawks at Lambeau Field
GREEN BAY (WITI) — The Green Bay Packers host the Seattle Seahawks in Week Three of preseason play at Lambeau Field on Friday night, August 23rd.
Kickoff is at 7:00 p.m.
The teams last met on September 24th, 2012 at CenturyLink Field, in that now infamous game during which Seattle faced a 4th-and-10 from the Green Bay 24 with eight seconds remaining in the game.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a pass into the end zone. Several players, including Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate and Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings, jumped into the air in an attempt to catch the ball.
While the ball is in the air, Tate can be seen shoving Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields to the ground. This should have been a penalty for offensive pass interference, which would have ended the game. It was not called and was not reviewable in instant replay.
When the players hit the ground in the end zone, the officials determined that both Tate and Jennings had possession of the ball. Under the rule for simultaneous catch, the ball belongs to Tate, the offensive player. The result of the play was a touchdown.
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 result of the game is final, with Seattle winning 14-12.
Both the Packers and the Seahawks advanced to the postseason last year.
The last preseason matchup at Lambeau Field was on Aug. 18, 2007, a 48-13 Green Bay victory.
Green Bay has an all-time regular-season record of 8-6 against the Seahawks and has also won both playoff meetings between the clubs.
The Packers will close out the preseason next Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Friday night’s game is the 64th Upper Midwest Shrine Game. Each season, the Packers donate a percentage of the gate to the Shriners’ Hospitals for Children. The Shriners’ facilities provide specialized medical services, helping children with birth defects and other injuries, at absolutely no cost.
To date, the series has raised more than $3.4 million for the Midwest Shrine’s burn centers and hospitals for disabled children.
Following the contest against Seattle, the team will take a day off (Aug. 24) from the practice field before returning on Sunday, Aug. 25. The Packers will practice on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday (Aug. 25-27) leading up to the preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, Aug. 29, at Arrowhead Stadium. The team departs for Kansas City on Wednesday.
Green Bay opened its road preseason slate this past Saturday night at St. Louis and posted a 19-7 victory.
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