In the aftermath of what has turned out to be one of the most controversial calls in the history of the National Football League, Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate finally came out to say he got away with one.
Monday night's game between the Packers and Seahawks came down to one final play — a hail mary. Tate was in the left side of the end zone surrounded by several Green Bay defenders. He had to catch that ball, so what did he do? He pushed off.
This normally would be an offensive pass interference call that ended the game, but not on Monday night while replacement referees were working the sidelines. No flag was thrown on the play, Tate was granted dual possession of the ball and the Seahawks escaped with a win.
Tate didn't admit to doing anything wrong until Wednesday when he said that although he may have pushed off of a defender, he wasn't a cheater.
"I'm not going to deny pushing him," Tate told The Seattle Times on Wednesday. "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."
NFL fans shouldn't deem Tate a cheater, however, because without that play there could still be replacement referees on the field.
Check out everything Tate had to say in the video below.