The NFL acknowledged Friday that Seattle linebacker Bobby Wagner committed a foul Monday night time throughout a key subject purpose block within the fourth quarter of the Seahawks’ 21-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Wagner violated the rule prohibiting gamers from utilizing teammates as leverage to soar over the road of scrimmage. Replays confirmed Wagner placing his palms on the gamers positioned on either side of him as he jumped.
49ers cornerback Richard Sherman mentioned Thursday that he wasn’t bothered by Frank Clark’s feedback that his “period was over” in Seattle. “The period was over in my thoughts. Clearly. I am right here,” he mentioned.
The following penetration helped him block Dan Bailey’s 47-yard try. Referee Brad Allen’s crew initially threw a flag for a unique foul however picked it up.
Allen didn’t clarify why his crew didn’t name a leverage penalty. However Al Riveron, the NFL’s senior vp of officiating, included the play in a weekly video distributed Friday to the media. On the video, Riveron defined that Wagner committed the leverage penalty.
Had Allen known as the penalty, the Vikings — trailing 6-Zero on the time — would have acquired a primary down on the Seahawks’ 14-yard line with 5 minutes, 38 seconds remaining. As a substitute, the Seahawks gained possession at their 37 and drove for a game-clinching landing.
Wagner mentioned this week that he did not assume the block was unlawful.
“Personally, I did not really feel like I used them in any respect,” he mentioned. “I felt like in follow it was a bit of bit extra completely different as a result of we did not have pads on and there was a bit of bit more room. However in the course of the sport, it wasn’t, it was form of tight. I used to be attempting to make room for myself so I would not give it up that I am down there, however I used to be additionally form of preparing that I used to be going to soar. In case you watch how I did it in follow, it was the identical factor — each time I jumped, my palms had been simply naturally to my facet. In case you watch the play, after I jumped, my degree of which I jumped didn’t transfer, I used to be on the identical top.
“So, if I might have pushed off or used them to recover from, you’ll’ve seen a change in the place I used to be at, but it surely wasn’t. On the finish of the day, it counted, I am going to take it. I am going to rely it as a block. Possibly 10, 15 years from now, you all are going to neglect it occurred, so I am good with it.”