SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The Seattle Seahawks dedicated a season-high 14 penalties for a franchise file 148 yards in their 26-23 additional time loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Cornerback Shaquill Griffin took issue with one of many flags — a cross interference penalty known as towards him that arrange San Francisco’s game-winning area objective in additional time.
“The penalty that they known as on me, it was a horrible name,” he stated inside a silent Seahawks locker room, repeating a phrase he used a couple of occasions.
Griffin was in protection towards Dante Pettis on a second-and-15 play when he was flagged. The penalty moved the 49ers from their very own 44-yard-line to Seattle’s 41. Robbie Gould kicked the sport winner from 36 yards out 4 performs later.
“I kinda knew they was going to attempt to name a penalty on somebody the best way they have been calling penalties on offense, and I made positive as soon as I seen the cross in the air that I wasn’t going to contact him or seize him,” Griffin stated. “I used to be simply going to stick my hand out, knock it down and roll over. That is precisely what I did. Once I stood up and seemed on the [official], he checked out me and threw it. So it is one thing I am unable to take again, and it sucks the best way it ended, nevertheless it was a horrible name.”
Griffin stated he by no means bought any rationalization from the official who threw the flag.
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Coach Pete Carroll stated he did not have a adequate take a look at the play to provide any thought on whether or not the penalty was warranted. He famous the poor timing of Griffin’s cross interference and a holding penalty on backup proper guard Ethan Pocic, which negated a 32-yard completion from Russell Wilson to J.D. McKissic on Seattle’s first and solely possession of OT. The Seahawks punted the ball away for good two performs later.
The loss means they will have to wait at the least one other week to safe a wild-card berth. In accordance to dwell projections from ESPN’s Soccer Energy Index, Seattle (Eight-6) nonetheless has a 99 % likelihood of reaching the postseason.
“I am unable to let you know,” Carroll stated of the Griffin play. “I do not know, nevertheless it certainly occurred proper on the essential occasions. The maintain occurs on the large play. That is the large play for us to get out of there, and it is simply unlucky. Simply the best way it goes generally. It isn’t as a result of we’re not attempting. Guys have been busting their tails to get it achieved, however we simply went too far I suppose.”
Carroll pointed to the penalties because the distinction in the sport whereas rejecting any thought that the Seahawks’ preparation or depth weren’t the place they wanted to be towards a 49ers crew that entered the day with three wins.
“I do not suppose any of that was what occurred,” he stated. “I believe we have been sloppy with the penalty scenario. The entire numbers matched up to how we play. The operating numbers, the third-down numbers have been one of the best we have had in fairly some time. Protection stored the numbers down, performed very well in the second half, gave up a pair area objectives. So we did numerous actually good issues like we usually do.”
Penalties have lengthy been an issue for the Seahawks below Carroll. Final season, they led the NFL in accepted penalties (148) and penalty yards (1,342) whereas breaking the franchise data in every class. Carroll cited that as his largest remorse of a season in which Seattle completed 9-7 and missed out on the playoffs.
Kicker Robbie Gould’s 36-yard area objective with three:06 left in additional time introduced an finish to Seattle’s 10-game successful streak towards the 49ers, a span that included San Francisco’s loss in the 2013 NFC Championship Recreation and dated to Dec. Eight, 2013.
It has been significantly better in 2018. The Seahawks entered Sunday with 93 accepted penalties (tied for 16th-most) for 781 yards (18th most), in accordance to ESPN charting. As Carroll famous, they have been penalized solely 4 occasions apiece in two of their earlier three video games.
“Fourteen right now for 148 yards is simply actually laborious to overcome that,” he stated. “We weren’t in a position to in an in depth sport.”
Seattle’s 148 penalty yards broke the earlier franchise file of 145, set towards Denver in 1979.
Pocic was enjoying as a result of Jordan Simmons had left the sport with a knee damage. Carroll stated preliminary indications are that it is a first-degree sprain. Simmons was enjoying in place of D.J. Fluker, who has missed the final two video games with a hamstring damage.
Robust security Bradley McDougald left in the primary half after re-aggravating the knee damage that has bothered him for a lot of the season.
Pocic, a 2017 second-round decide, was flagged for one more maintain earlier in the sport.
“He did not work out very nicely,” Carroll stated of Pocic. “I have not seen the calls or something like that so I am unable to let you know, however we have to be in place to maintain our palms inside and never give them an opportunity to name it. [Left guard J.R. Sweezy] would inform you a similar factor on a pair he had. It is simply the way it goes.”
A number of Seahawks gamers — together with Wilson, receiver Doug Baldwin and left sort out Duane Brown — echoed Carroll’s thought that neither the Seahawks’ effort nor their focus have been the problems on Sunday. All of them pointed to the penalties.
“At any time when you’ve gotten an opportunity to clinch a playoff berth and you do not get it achieved, it’s totally disappointing,” Brown stated. “I believe probably the most disappointing half is how a lot we assisted in the loss. Take nothing away from them, they performed a extremely good sport and got here out with numerous power. However we had 14 penalties for over 100 yards. It is laborious to win like that.”