Officials erred in awarding Seahawks an extra timeout
The play in question was second-and-10 from the Arizona 13, and Seahawks receiver Doug Baldwin suffered an injury after failing to secure a catch in the end zone.
There were 42 seconds remaining, and initially, officials stated that Seattle was charged its third and final timeout to tend to the injured player.
Coach Pete Carroll said after that announcement, another clarification was made to the Seahawks on the sideline indicating they had not been charged a timeout because the clock had been stopped at the time of Baldwin's injury because of the incomplete pass.
"It was my error," Hermansen said in a pool report made available to reporters. "We gave them (Seattle) the additional timeout because of the incomplete pass stopping the clock before the injury occurred. When in effect, the clock has no bearing on the play at all. Whether it's stopped or running, we should not have given them the additional timeout."
Seattle then called a timeout with 30 seconds remaining after handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch.
Hermansen headed the crew of replacement officials in Arizona. The league's regular officials are not working as the result of a failure to reach a new collective-bargaining agreement with the NFL Referees Association.