As the clock hit 0:00, the replacement refs at the Packers-Seahawks tilt botched what should have been called an M.D. Jennings interception on the field. Then, the review official “confirmed” the ruling, which some claim could not – by rule – be overturned. Seahawks WR Golden Tate was given a touchdown despite not appearing to have much of his left hand on the ball as Jennings reeled it into his chest, and despite Tate’s right hand coming off the ball as Jennings went to the ground. Tate also shoved Sam Shields out of the way before the ball got there. Seahawks 14, Packers 12 was the final score.
There are rumors that the ref who signaled TD does JUCO football and basketball in California and that the official who signaled interception has reffed Big 12, indoor football and NFL Europe.
The drive was an awful one for the officials. First, there was an unfortunate “roughing the passer” penalty on a hit that was about as soft as could be. One could say that the Packers benefited from a similar call on their drive, however Green Bay’s Sam Shields got an interception on this play that ended up erased. Even if you want to call that even, the refs then gave the Seahawks 32 yards on a bad pass interference call. Bear in mind, the Seahawks started the drive with 0:46 left. Every yard was precious.
The reaction on Twitter was anything but wide-ranging.
While current players, players of other sports, celebrities, fans took to Twitter to vent their anger at the refs deciding the game, the harshest tweet was from Packers RG Josh Sitton, who threatened a strike: “That was [expletive]. This is getting ridiculous! The NFL needs to get the refs back bfr we strike and they make no money! … The nfl needs to come to gb and apologize …”
Jon Erpenbach, a Democratic Wisconsin senator, followed Packers LB Clay Matthews’ Facebook footsteps, and tweeted out NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s phone number.
Here are more reactions to the game.
Packers WR Greg Jennings
”Just watching in the back room, I think if you asked Golden Tate to take a lie detector test and ask him did he catch that ball or did M.D. catch that ball, M.D. caught that. It was clear as day … at least that is what my eyes saw.”
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
“It was awful. Just look at the replay. And then the fact that it was reviewed, it was awful. That’s all I’m going to say about it. ”
Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll
““It’s a very, very complex process to handle these games and make these decisions. There’s nothing easy about it. It takes years and years of experience to pull it off properly and in a timely fashion. It’s time to be over. The league deserves it, and everybody deserves it.”
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