Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/25/12

The Green Bay Packers are the first team to be cheated out of a victory by the replacement officials in this season as the Seattle Seahawks scored a touchdown on the final play of the game with a blatant push off by Golden Tate that was not called, and an obvious interception by Packers defensive back MD Jennings even after the official review.

The game had a total of total of 24 penalties for a whopping 245 yards in what would have been a great game if the officials hadn't reduced the game to an absolute embarrassment.  Flags were thrown early and often as the officials seemed hell bent on flagging any attempt at an infraction during this prime time game.

The Packers certainly struggled against the stout defense of the Seahawks as Aaron Rodgers was sacked 9 times (one was negated by penalty) by the Seattle defense in the first half, but the Pack gave a valiant effort in the second half to take a 12-7 lead on a Cedric Benson touchdown run in the 4th quarter.

Aaron Rodgers has continued to struggle through the first three week of the season without having the same zip on his passes, and even kicking his own feet out from under himself in the first half to seemingly sack himself in the game.  Something is missing with Rodgers and the packers have to hope that they can find it soon.

The Seahawks did just enough to get the victory at home, but still looked pedestrian on offense with a grand total of 130 passing yards from Russel Wilson 127 rushing yards on 29 attempts.

The true take away from this game is that the replacement officials are now impacting the outcomes of games and these errors will inevitably keep a deserving team from the post season come January.  We can only hope that the impasse with the official's union will end sooner than later.



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