by Curtis Crabtree
RENTON - Two days after WR Golden Tate's game-winning touchdown catch against the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football, the Seattle Seahawks are hoping to turn the page as soon as possible.
The Seahawks (2-1) pulled out a last second 14-12 victory over the Packers Monday night when Tate and Packers' DB M.D. Jennings, according to the officials, gained simultaneous possession of a QB Russell Wilson hail mary attempt on the game's final play.
The play was ruled a touchdown and Seattle escaped with a heavily controversial win over the Packers (1-2). After almost 48 hours of debate over the play and the ruling by the crew of replacement referees. Seattle just wants to focus on the next task at hand - the St. Louis Rams.
"I can worry about what I do," Tate said. "What I don't want to happen is for me to get caught up worrying about what other people think and what happened in the past and this Sunday I play awful and don't give my team the best chance of winning."
Tate did say, however, he's not going to deny shoving Packers CB Sam Shields on the play.
"I'm not going to deny pushing him," Tate said. "The evidence shows on the film. But like I said, I never had intentions on cheating. I wasn't trying to cheat. I was competing, it was in the moment. Things are happening so quick. I honestly didn't even notice I did. I didn't try to hurt him or push him down to the ground, but it happened. It was so quick. It was just a reaction kind of thing."
As much as Green Bay and the rest of the country want Seattle to feel bad for the victory they earned Monday because of how the game ended, the Seahawks aren't going to keep focusing on the past. They intend, like they always have, to focus on themselves.
"It's just in our bubble," CB Richard Sherman said. "It's kind of the bubble. That's how it's always been. Regardless of if we're losing games, you have to stay within your team or you're winning games, you have to stay within your team because that's all you can control."
Next up for Seattle is a trip to St. Louis to face their division rival. The Rams have looked improved despite only a 1-2 start to the season. St. Louis led in the closing moments of the season opener at Detroit before falling short and came from a 21-6 deficit to beat the Washington Redskins in week two. The additions of CB Cortland Finnegan and second-round pick CB Janoris Jenkins have added some skill to the back end of the Rams defense and RB Daryl Richardson has brought a chance of pace for workhorse RB Steven Jackson.
Head coach Pete Carroll said the team emerged relatively healthy from Monday's win over the Packers. T Breno Giacomini suffered a chest strain that kept him out of practice on Wednesday. DT Greg Scruggs, who saw action as a interior rusher in passing situations, suffered a wrist injury and also missed practice Wednesday. Carroll didn't mention G John Moffitt as being injured, but he also sat out Wednesday with a knee issue.
WR Doug Baldwin (shoulder) and CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring) each returned to practice after being sidelined last week.
St. Louis Rams
Did Not Participate
DT Matt Conrath (knee)
S Matt Daniels (hamstring)
RB Steven Jackson (groin)
DE Eugene Sims (illness)
T Rodger Saffold (knee)
DT Michael Brockers (ankle)
T Wayne Hunter (knee)
Did Not Participate
T Breno Giacomini (pectoral)
G John Moffitt (knee)
DT Greg Scruggs (wrist)
WR Doug Baldwin (shoulder)
CB Byron Maxwell (hamstring)
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