Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks: Controversial referee call decides game
The buzz in the sports world is all about Monday night's game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, which was decided by a controversial call by replacement referees. Here's the lowdown on what happened, reaction to it and the NFL's referee lockout.
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The controversial call by referees
- • It looks like Green Bay Packers' M.D. Jennings intercepted the pass, which would've been a touchback, giving Green Bay the win. Check out this great visual breakdown with multiple angles showing the play.
• One referee signaled for the touchback, but the other signaled for a touchdown by Seattle.
• After review, officials decided it was a touchdown for Seattle, giving them the game win 14-12.
It was replacement referees who made the call
- • The regular referees have been locked out since June because they're at odds with the NFL about a new collective bargaining agreement.
• Money and pay-for-performance are the two sticking points.
• This isn't the first call by a replacement referee to get people all upset. Over the weekend, officials mistakenly penalized the Detroit Lions from their 44-yard line rather the opponents 44-yard line. That was in overtime and the Lions lost.
• The NFL fined Broncos coach John Fox $30,000 and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio $25,000 on Monday for arguing with replacement officials. Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Ravens coach John Harbaugh and Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan are under review for their interactions with replacement officials.
NFL official statement: It was the right call
- In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, the NFL said it supports the decision not to overturn the Seahawk's touchdown.
• They agree that Tate should have been penalized for offensive pass interference, but said it wasn't called and therefore, wasn't reviewable.
• "Under the simultaneous catch, the ball belongs to Tate, the offensive player. The result of the play was a touchdown," reads the official NFL statement.
• Reaction from the media was predictably one-sided.
Reaction: Everyone wants the real referees back
- "Yep. That face sums it up pretty well," was the caption posted by Buzzfeed with this screengrab of Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay press conference.
Here's what Troy Aikman had to say about it all:
- • Packer's head coach Mike McCarthy: "Most unusual football game that I've been a part of." Watch the Green Bay Packer's press conference after the game.
• Steve Mariucci answers whether he thinks the referees got it right: "No, I don't think they got it right."
• Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate, credited with the controversial possible-catch, was asked by ESPN's Lisa Salter if he 'pushed off' while the Hail Mary pass was in the air, which would have resulted in an offensive pass-interference call. "I don't know what you're talking about," Tate replied.
• Green Bay Packers wide receiver Greg Jennings says on camera that if Golden Tate had to take a lie detector test, he'd have to admit M.D. Jennings came down with the ball.
• Check out these lists of tweets from NFL players:
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