SANTA CLARA, California – The Seattle Seahawks have suffered a 14-time penalty in their 26-23 loss in the 26-23 season for a franchise record to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Cornerback Shaquill Griffin took out one of the flags – a pass interference penalty was imposed on him, putting San Francisco's playful field goal into overtime.
"The punishment that you called me, it was a terrible phone call," he said in a silent Seahawks locker room, repeating a word he used a couple of times.
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"I somehow knew that they would try to call a punishment in the direction they demanded punishment for insulting, and I made sure that I would not touch it as soon as I saw the passport in the air," Griffin said , "I just wanted to reach out my hand, push it down and turn it over, that's what I did, and when I got up and saw [official]he looked at me and threw it, so I can." I take that back and it's shit how it ended, but it was a terrible call.
Griffin said he never received an explanation from the officer who threw the flag.
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Coach Pete Carroll said he did not have a good view of the play to ponder whether the penalty was justified, noting the bad timing of Griffin's pass interference and a holding penalty for the right Guard Ethan Pocic, who denied a 32-yard deal by Russell Wilson against JD McKissic on Seattle's first and only possession of OT The Seahawks have pushed away the ball for well over two games later.
The loss means they are still at least will have to wait a week to secure a wild card seat, according to live projections from ESPN's Football Power Index, Seattle (8-6) still has a 99 percent chance of reaching the postseason.
" I can Do not say it, "Carroll said about the Griffin game. "I do not know, but it certainly happened at crucial times, the stoppage takes place on the big piece, that's the big piece we have to get out of it, and it's just plain unfortunate, just as it sometimes does It's not because we're not trying, the boys blew up their tails to get it done, but we just went too far, I think. "
Carroll pointed to the punishment as the difference in the game, while rejecting any thought of the Seahawks, "preparation or intensity was not the place to compete against a 49ers team that came through with three wins."
"I do not think any of that happened," he said. "I think we were sloppy on the penalty spot, and all the numbers were in line with our style of play, the running numbers, the third lower numbers being the best we've had in a long while, the defense kept the numbers low." really good in the second half, gave up some field goals, so we did a lot of really good things, as we normally do.
Punishment has long been a problem for the Seahawks under Carroll, who last season led the NFL in accepted fines (148) and fines (1,342) while breaking the franchise records in each category, citing Carroll as his biggest regret in a season in which Seattle ended 9-7 and missed the playoffs.
Kicker Robbie Gould's 36-yard field hit with 3:06 added time ended the Seattle 10 game A series that saw San Francisco Defeat in the 2013 NFC Championship game and dated December 8, 2013.
It was much better in 2018. The Seahawks were on Sunday with 93 accepted penalties (counted for 16th place) for 781 yards (18) According to ESPN chart, Carroll said they have been penalized only four times in two out of the last three games.
"Fourteen for 148 yards are really hard to beat," he said. "We were able to play in a close game not. " Seattle's 148 penalty broke the previous 145 franchise record set against Denver in 1979.
Pocic played because Jordan Simmons had left the game with a knee injury. Carroll said the first signs were a first degree sprain. Simmons played in place of D.J. Fluker, who had missed the last two games with a thigh injury.
High security Bradley McDougald left the first half after he had made worse the knee injury that had bothered him most of the season.
Pocic, a 2017's second round choice, was earlier marked in the game for another stop.
"He did not work very well," Carroll said about Pocic. "I have not seen the calls or anything like that, so I can not tell you, but we need to be in position to hold our hands in our hands and give them no chance to call them. [LeftGuard JR Sweezy ] would tell you the same thing about a couple he had, it's just like that. "
Several Seahawks players – including Wilson, receiver Doug Baldwin and left attack on Duane Brown – reiterated Carroll's opinion, neither the Seahawks & # 39 Still the focus was on Sunday. They all pointed to the punishments.
"Whenever you have the chance to win a playoff berth and you can not make it, that's very disappointing," Brown said. "I think the most disappointing part is how much we helped with the loss, do not take anything away – they played a really good game and came out with a lot of energy, but we had 14 penalties for over 100 yards, it's hard to win so. "