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Danny O'Neil covers the Seahawks for The Seattle Times.



November 25, 2012 at 2:09 PM

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After further review: Seahawks seething at penalty

FORT LAUDERDALE -- Linebacker Bobby Wagner's most important interception of the game turned out to be the one that didn't count.

He picked off Ryan Tannehill in the end zone in the fourth quarter only to have it nullified by a roughing-the-passer penalty against safety Earl Thomas that Seattle's coach questioned after the game.

"It just looked wrong," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

The penalty nullified the interception, giving the Dolphins a first down at the Seattle 3. Miami scored on the next play, allowing the Dolphins to tie the game 14-14 thanks largely to the penalty.

"A very big call to make when the guy wasn't intending to hit the quarterback or anything like that," Carroll said.

Tannehill was scrambling to his right away from Red Bryant as Thomas came flying forward. As Tannehill began to throw, Thomas leaped in what he said was an attempt to affect or even block the throw. He came down on Tannehill.

Did Tannehill still have the ball when Thomas jumped?

"I definitely felt the ball was still in his hands," Thomas said. "And I even tried to turn my body kind of over not to even land on him. But when I'm going at my speed, I can't just stop in mid-air, just magic. It's just very frustrating, and that definitely changed the game. We had an interception on that play that they definitely can't slow the game down like this for us and take the game away like that from us. It really just hurts. You can't do nothing about it. It's out of our control."

Seattle was penalized 10 times in the game, their most in any game since September.

"The whole game it seemed like we weren't getting a lot of calls our way," Thomas said.

He complained of being held on a play in which he blitzed, but it was that roughing-the-passer penalty that was the most costly.

"They're just trying to slow this game up for certain people," Thomas said. "I can't fly. I'm not Superman. I did everything possible to try and not rough the passer. But if I had to do it again, I'd do the same thing. But this NFL, they need some goggles or something. That's how I see it."


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