Did officials miss a safety in overtime of Seahawks-Titans game?

Written By Edward Sutelan
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The Seahawks were spared from sharing a piece of unfortunate history.

About two minutes into overtime against the Titans on Sunday, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson appeared to be taken down in the end zone after a scramble — or be in line for being called for intentional grounding in the end zone. Instead, the officials ruled Wilson down at the 1-yard line, avoiding a walk-off safety for the Titans.

Seattle punted after the play. Tennessee then drove for a walk-off field goal and a 33-30 win.

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Wilson was flushed out of the pocket quickly and ran straight back, with linebacker Ola Adeniyi chasing after him. Wilson was caught by Adeniyi just as he crossed the goal line but spun himself free for just enough time to air out a pass toward the sideline. 

It is unclear if the ball made it back to the line of scrimmage. Had Wilson been called for intentional grounding, the game would have ended on a safety as he was clearly in the end zone when he threw.

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After the Seahawks escaped without a safety, Michael Dickson punted to the Seattle 48 and Chester Rogers returned the kick to the 39. Derrick Henry rushed four times for 21 yards to set up Randy Bullock for the 36-yard game-winning field goal.

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Had the game ended on a safety, it would have been just the fourth time in NFL history an overtime game ended on one. The last time it happened was Nov. 1, 2013, when the Dolphins defeated the Bengals 22-20.

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