GREEN BAY, Wis. -- For a short time on Thursday morning, the Twitterverse was abuzz over the idea that the Seattle Seahawks had lined up in an illegal formation on their onside kick in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.
Dean Blandino, the NFL's vice president of officiating, put an end to that.
Question regarding #Seahawks onside kick. Rule states you must have at least 4 players on either side of the ball. Formation was legal.
— Dean Blandino (@DeanBlandino) January 22, 2015
It's right there in Rule 8, Article 3, Section C, which states: "At least four players of the kicking team must be on each side of the ball. At least three players must be lined up outside each inbounds line, one of whom must be outside the yard-line number."
So the Green Bay Packers have nothing to gripe about, at least not from an officiating standpoint on that play.
The play will go down as one of the most agonizing in Packers playoff history given that they almost certainly would have advanced to the Super Bowl had they secured the ball. Instead, it went through the hands of tight end Brandon Bostick -- who was supposed to be blocking on the play to allow sure-handed receiver Jordy Nelson to field it -- and the Seahawks recovered and scored the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.