Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin says overtime pass interference vs. 49ers was ‘terrible call’
The Seattle Seahawks suffered a terrible loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, falling by a score of 26-23 in overtime and missing an opportunity to clinch a Wild Card spot.
In the loss, the Seahawks set a franchise record for most penalty yards in a single game, getting hit with 14 flags for 148 yards.
One of the most notable penalties was a pass interference call on cornerback Shaquill Griffin in overtime, which turned a 49ers 2nd-and-15 from their own 44-yard line to a first down at the Seattle 41.
Griffin vehemently disagreed with the call, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times:
“I kind of knew they were going to call something,’’ Griffin said. “I made sure as soon as I (saw) the pass in the air I was going to stick my hand out, knock it down and roll over, and that’s exactly what I did. And when I sat up I looked at the ref and he threw it. It’s something I can’t take back, and it sucks the way it ended. But it was a terrible call.’’
The Seahawks fell to 8-6 with the loss, meaning their playoff berth will have to remain on hold.
The good news for Seattle is that it still controls its own destiny. All it needs to do is defeat the Kansas City Chiefs next weekend, and it will wrap up a playoff spot.
However, that is easier said than done, as the Chiefs have been one of the best teams in the league this season.
Should the Seahawks fail again next Sunday, they will get one more chance at home against the Arizona Cardinals in the final game of the regular season.