Monday night consisted of a very interesting matchup between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks. What we didn’t know, however, is that the Packers and Seahawks would also be faced off versus the referees.
The replacement refs, which they’ve been nicknamed, once again made a bad call. This time it caused the team on the opposite end of that bad call to lose the game. With the last play of the game Russell Wilson threw up a hail mary to the back of the end zone, hoping that one of his receivers would find a way to come down with the catch and give the Seahawks a shocking victory.
Well, according to last night’s refs, that’s exactly what happened. The game wasn’t officiated too bad, until Seattle’s last two drives. Yes, there were some calls throughout the game that were questionable, but hey that’s any and every NFL game. With 8:44 left in the game, Green Bay held a 12-7 lead as Seattle had a chance to drive down for a score. Starting at their own 20 yard line, Russell Wilson on 1st down threw an interception to Packers rookie safety Jerron McMillian. The interception was negated after a roughing the passer call on Packers linebacker Erik Walden, which wasn’t a good call. Mistake number 1.
As the Seahawks continued to drive, there were two holding calls on the offensive line that caused Russell Wilson to find himself with a 1st and 25 at the his own 43 yard line. What does Wilson do? Well he threw a deep pass down the left sideline to Sydney Rice, which was defended beautifully, but there was a pass interference called on CB Sam Shields where it looked as if Rice was the one interfering. This gave the Seahawks a 1st and 10 at the Packers 25 yard line, within striking distance to score a game winning touchdown. Mistake number 2.
The Seahawks stalled on that drive however, and didn’t convert on a 4th down attempt. The Packers received the ball at their own seven yard line, and was stuffed three straight times as they ran the ball to force Seattle to use their timeouts. Green Bay punted the ball back to the Seahawks offense, who struggled all second half. The final drive consisted of a 22 yard catch by Sydney Rice, which positioned Russell Wilson for a hail mary attempt in the end zone to win the game. On 4th down Wilson floated the ball in the back of the end zone, after buying himself some time, and the ball was caught by Packers safety M.D. Jennings, or wait I meant by Seattle WR Golden Tate. Yes, the refs thought the same thing. Mistake number 3.
Confused on who actually made the catch, the refs decided to call it both ways, however the touchdown call is the call on the field that stood. The play was reviewed, and was upheld.
The entire Twitter world exploded as every analyst, players, and fans disputed the fact that it was not a catch by Golden Tate. Not only did Jennings clearly intercept the ball, but Tate also pushed off to go up and catch it, which should have been called an offensive pass interference. Mistake number 4.
So as you can see there were a number of mistakes made by the refs in the last 9 minutes of last night’s game. It caused the Packers to drop to 1-2 and Seattle improved to 2-1. I tweeted a few times throughout the game last night, ” Hopefully the refs don’t decide the outcome of this game.” Which, indeed they did.
Let’s not take anything away from the actual game, this was a very good game as the Seahawks defense sacked Aaron Rogers 8 times in the first half. They held the Packers scoreless through one half of football, and forced him to scratch and claw for every yard. Aaron Rogers didn’t play great, but he found a way to lead the Packers down field in the 4th quarter to go up 12-7 as they failed at a two point conversion attempt. Packers defense looked stout all game as well, as they haven’t gotten much credit this season.
But all in all the replacement refs must go! The officials haven’t looked official all season, they’ve had game after game where there is some type of controversial call. Last season the players were locked out, this season our refs, who are definitely under appreciated, aren’t on the field for the most popular sport in America. When will the NFL just get back to good ol fashioned football? Hopefully sooner than later.