Carroll says bring back the refs | Seahawks Notebook
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said it's time to end the lockout and bring back the NFL's regular referees after the controversial ending to Monday night's game.
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Coach Pete Carroll didn't criticize the way Monday's game was officiated.
He did make it clear his feeling on the current lockout, which has the league using replacement officials after failing to reach an agreement with its regular officials.
"It's time for it to be over," Carroll said. "It's time for this to be over. My hat's off to these officials. They're doing everything they can to do it as well as they can. They have great pride. They're working their tails off. It demonstrates how difficult it is. It's a very, very complex process to handle these games and make these decisions. There's nothing easy about it, and it takes years and years of experience to pull it off properly and in a timely fashion and keep the flow of the game alive and all that.
"It's time for it to be over. The league deserves it. Everybody deserves it."
Seattle was called for 14 penalties in the game, Green Bay for 10, but three very significant officiating decisions all went in Seattle's favor in the final half of the fourth quarter.
A roughing-the-passer penalty against Erik Walden nullified a Green Bay interception early on Seattle's second-to-last drive, and then a defensive pass-interference penalty sustained the Seahawks drive as they faced first-and-25. Then came the final play in which Golden Tate was awarded a touchdown because officials said he possessed the ball at the same time as Packers cornerback M.D. Jennings.
Clemons matches sacks mark
Not only did defensive end Chris Clemons match the franchise game record with four sacks Monday, he got them in one dazzling quarter.
It was nothing short of astounding for a team that entered the game with only two sacks in its first two games. The Seahawks had eight in the first half against Green Bay.
Clemons had four sacks, all in the second quarter, matching Derrick Thomas' NFL record for sacks in the first half of a game. Thomas had four before halftime against San Diego in 1992.
DE Irvin turned loose
Defensive end Bruce Irvin was drafted for his speed, but it wasn't until the third regular-season game of his career that he got off to a fast start.
Irvin had two sacks in the first quarter, rushing against the right tackle on both plays. That was part of an increased pass-rushing presence for Seattle.
Russell Wilson's 41-yard touchdown pass to Tate was one of only five passes Seattle completed in the first half, and the only one that gained more than 10 yards.
Wilson was 5 for 10 in the first half, each completion to a different receiver.
Punter gets his kicks
The game's first eight possessions resulted in punts. Seattle's Jon Ryan had a downright herculean boot in the second quarter. His 73-yard punt put the Packers at their 11-yard line and matched Tom Rouen for the second-longest punt in franchise history.
Ryan holds the team record with his 77-yard punt in San Francisco last September.
Injured Baldwin doesn't play
Receiver Doug Baldwin was inactive after being unable to recover from a shoulder injury suffered last week.
Baldwin was Seattle's leading receiver in 2011 with 51 receptions.