It wasn’t looking great, but the Minnesota Vikings were still in the game when a key call by the referees turned the tide heavily in favor of the Seattle Seahawks.
A blocked field goal by linebacker Bobby Wagner was originally flagged for Wagner using his hands to jump over the Vikings’ offensive line, but the penalty was rescinded and Seattle was awarded the ball.
Refs explanation. Should have been a flag. PERIOD. This was a blown call in a tight game. 15 yds for leverage is a #Vikings 1st down and at least 3 more plays. Maybe a TD. This is bogus. Refs must be accountable for this one. #MNF pic.twitter.com/EdxoAr1BYt
— Ron Johnson (@3RonJohnson) December 11, 2018
Former NFL referee Gene Steratore tweeted that the play never should have been allowed to stand and the Seahawks should have been flagged.
With just under six minutes remaining in the game, the Seahawks then charged down the field for a touchdown and two point conversion to essentially put the game away at 14-0.
As many have noted, the play in #MINvsSEA should have been a penalty on Seattle for leverage. The officials should not have picked up the flag on that play.
— Gene Steratore (@GeneSteratore) December 11, 2018