Wilson - very unlike a rookie - was immediately back on his feet following the sack, rallying his troops to the line of scrimmage to get one more shot at the end zone. It took the team a little while to get set, and the clock was closing in on zero. Almost simultaneous with the clock running out, Russell Wilson took the snap and heaved the ball to wide receiver Sidney Rice in the end zone. The refs, however, blew their whistles and disallowed the score, claiming that the ball was not snapped in time.
FOX later showed a replay from a different angle with a game clock positioned in the corner. The replay showed that Wilson clearly didn't get the snap off in time, seemingly by a long shot. I was confused, however. I thought Wilson got the snap off when watching it live, and if he didn't, I was nearly positive it wasn't as late as FOX's replay displayed.
I went back on my DVR and watched the play again - I still thought he got it off in time. I watched it in slow motion - still looked good to me. Then I tried about a hundred times to pause the game at the perfect moment, and I finally came away with this:
This picture was taken from a paused screenshot with :01 left on the game clock (you'll just have to take my word for it). That looks a hell of a lot like a football in Russell Wilson's hands to me. I'm not sure where FOX got that clock they showed with their replay, but watching this play as many times as I did, it seemed clear - according to the clock that was being shown - that Wilson got this snap off.
If you don't believe me, take a look at what well-renowned sports writer Bill Simmons had to say on Twitter (after I had already tweeted my picture, of course):
The Seahawks ended up losing by only to points, but you never know how that play being called a touchdown would have affected the game. For all we know, that touchdown could have resulted in the Falcons coming out in the second half with a different defensive strategy/mindset that would have shut down Wilson. I'm not going to go all Skip Bayless on you and say that was definitely a touchdown which would undoubtedly have won the Seahawks this game.
Once again, I'm not even saying that was definitely a touchdown. FOX seemed to have a clear-cut replay of Wilson not getting the snap off. I just think it's strange that their replay showed it so obviously, when my picture - from the live broadcast - shows what appears to be a football in Wilson's hands with :01 on the clock.
Here, however, is what I'd like to see... I'm not sure if that play would have been reviewable (as to whether to not he got the snap off in time) had they let it play out. I've just never seen a situation where that came into play. If it's not reviewable, they should make it reviewable, and the refs should let the play run its course, and review whether or not the snap got off in time afterwards. The NBA essentially does the same thing with buzzer-beating shots, and it works perfectly.
One final time: I'm not saying that the Seahawks were robbed of this game, or that this play was even definitely a touchdown. However, I believe that my previous paragraph would be a good way for the NFL to handle similar plays in the future.