You know, of course, about the Monday Night Football game from two weeks ago that gave the Seahawks a win they shouldn't have and set up the replacement officials from an unceremoniously exit from the NFL.
But here's what you don't know about the Hail Mary that Russell Wilson threw to Golden Tate, who supposedly had a simultaneous catch with Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings after pushing off on Sam Shields: two replacement referees told Showtime's Inside the NFL that they were told not to call pass interference penalties on Hail Marys.
(For) the deep officials, it was brought up that you don't really call interference on a Hail Mary
, said Wayne Elliott, who was the head referee for that infamous Packers-Seahawks game. The deep officials were trained that during a Hail Mary, there's a lot of bodies in there and you just let it go.
Co-host Cris Collinsworth responded by saying, Whoa! Really?
Which is a philosophy in college too, said Jim Core, another replacement official. Those Hail Marys, you don't want to say all bets are off, but for the most part you let the players decide.
Previously, Elliott had defended himself, and on the show Wednesday, he also talked about his experiences following the Green Bay-Seattle game when he received a call at home from Packers coach Mike McCarthy.
He had heard I was having a rough week with all the calls and everything
He wanted me to know he thought that what I did, controversial and maybe he didn't agree with it, that I handled it with class," said Elliott, who also described the post game officials locker room which he said was as quiet as a losing locker room.
Elliott said for the 72 hours after the Monday night call, his phone didn't stop ringing and that many of them came from Wisconsin. He wasn't sure how his cell number got out to the masses so quickly.
The gist of them was I should go off somewhere and die or I should commit suicide," Elliott said. "My reaction was to listen to them, laugh at them and delete them. Nobody actually offered to pull the trigger, so nothing was really threatening. Source: CBSSports