It's impossible to remain objective about what happend at Centurylink Field Monday night when millions upon millions of eyes saw the ending one way, and two pair of eyes wearing striped shirts saw it another way (even they couldn't immediately agree), and the hapless replay review system wasn't about to overturn the call made on the field. The record book will reveal Golden Tate caught a 24 yard pass on 4th down from Rusell Wilson as time expired giving the Seattle Seahawks a 14-12 victory over the Green Bay Packers in what may arguably go down as one of the most shameful wrongs in the history of the National Football League. Correct me, please, if I'm wrong. Didn't Tate use two hands to shove Sam Shields away from the gathering crowd underneath the hail mary? Was it a mirage that M.D. Jennings got up higher than everyone else, gathered in the ball, pulled it to his chest and tumbled onto Tate who had one arm tangled in the mess and the other around Jennings' back? I'm quite sure we witnessed Jennings eventually wrestle it loose and showed two officials, excuse me, replacement referees that he intercepted the pass. It was too late, as one waved his arms declaring a touchback, another raised his signaling touchdown. Bedlam ensued. After reviewing the play, the lead referee announced the call on the field would stand but after three weeks of bickering, on-field scuffling, beratement from players and coaches, the NFL's insistence that replacements working in place of locked out, unionized officials is not hurting the game.... it has. It cost Green Bay a victory. Roger Goodell owes the Packers one big time for they wuz robbed.
The comedy of it all was it took approximately 10 minutes to bring both teams back onto the field for the most anticlimactic extra point ever. Packer players were seen digging through the equipment steamer trunk for hats. Humiliating.
Aside from a few nasty tweets, the Packers handled the disgrace with aplomb. T.J. Lang in particular who sent out the tweet, "We got (not for publication) by the refs, embarassing, thanks NFL." That message was retweeted more than 30,000 times in less than 30 minutes and Lang's followers skyrocketed from about 19,000 to 56,000 by midnight.
Lest we forget the first 59:52 of the third game of the season between a pair of 1-1 teams. Seattle's defense was unmerciful against Aaron Rodgers and the Pack in the first half, sacking him 8 times in five posessions. Seattle made exactly one play themselves, but it went for a 42 yard touchdown as Wilson found Tate who beat Tramon Williams with a double move for the 7-0 lead at intermission. The Packers dominated the second half, with Cedric Benson pounding out yards on the ground. Green Bay's offense snapped the ball 40 times to Seattle's 6 over the first 22 minutes of the second half. Green Bay opened the third with a 13 play, 70 yard drive but Rodgers missed Donald Driver in the end zone on third down and Mason Crosby hit a 29 yard field goal. The next drive covered 66 yards in 11 plays but on third down, Jermicahel Finley couldn't hold on to a first down catch the Seattle 15 and Crosby was good from 40 to cut the lead to one. A second straight three and out for the defense gave Green Bay the ball again at their own 19. 16 plays later, Cedric Benson crashed in from the one to put the Pack on top but the two point conversion missed. With time getting tight, Seattle was whistled for back to back holding calls but got a break when Shields was called for a 32 yard pass interference penalty. The Packers stiffened and forced a 4th down incompletion in the end zone. Green Bay couldn't move and punted from their four with :46 left. After picking up a first down at the 24, Wilson had three straight incompletions until the miracle finish. First time in Monday night history the game ended on a touchdown as time expired. That dates back to 1970 folks. Amidst the uproar, the best line of all, at least so far was a tweet that declared, "Russell Wilson just became the first quarterback in history to throw a game winning interceptions." Indeed.
On the link below, quotes from all of the principals on the Green Bay win that became a loss, only in the eyes of the underqualified, overwhelmed replacement refs.