After all the hype and hoopla in the aftermath of Seattle’s Week 3 victory over the Packers at the Clink, the Green Bay Packers were the only team negatively affected by the outcome. The play that ended the referee lockout was the horrible “TouchBackDown” by Seattle’s Golden Tate. At the time, many of us here at the TCH offices were giddy with excitement by such a horrible call handing our neighbors a loss.
As the season wore on, however, we began to fear that the game would give the Seahawks a crucial win that would bump our Vikings out of the playoffs. We were afraid that our lack of compassion for the Packers would come back to bite us in some sort of instant-karma. Turns out, it didn’t hurt anyone but the Packers.
For the Seahawks, it was meaningless. Seattle finished 11-5, a game ahead of the Vikings for the No. 5 seed in the NFC. If that Week 3 win was a loss, Seattle would have dropped to 10-6, but they still would have secured the No. 5 seed from the Vikings, since the Seahawks beat the Vikings during the regular season.
For the Packers, the loss cost Green Bay a first-round bye, forcing them to play the Vikings again on Saturday. If the Packers win (reverse jinx), they have to travel to San Francisco in the divisional round. Thus, in the end, the Packers were the only team negatively affected by the game. And the impact ultimately could be significant.
That, friends, is sweet.