Seattle Seahawks beat Green Bay Packers after replacement referee makes bad call

We can no longer say the replacement referees didn't directly impact the result of a game

9/25/12 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5134 respect

Blog Photo - Seattle Seahawks beat Green Bay Packers after replacement referee makes bad call
picture courtesy of Rachel Nichols

Warning: This post contains language that some might find offensive. Read at your own discretion. 

If you watched the Monday Night Football game between the Packers and Seahawks, then you (once again) saw an absolutely atrocious example of officiating from replacement referees.

The NFL, a multi-billion dollar business, is using completely incompetent replacement referees because of a $3M disagreement with the regular officials.

That's right. $3M total. That's what's preventing us from having NFL games that are officiated by relatively competent, experienced referees.

On the final play of the game, with the Packers leading 12-7, Russell Wilson threw up a Hail Mary pass that appeared to have been intercepted by Packers safety M.D. Jennings. The refs ruled that it was caught by Golden Tate, and therefore a Seahawks touchdown.

Replays showed that it was quite clearly an interception. To make matters worse, Tate committed a rather blatant and flagrant offensive pass interference right before his "catch."


The officials made conflicting calls, as you can see in the picture above, but the touchdown call prevailed. It went to review, and the call stood, somehow.

Packers players took to Twitter immediately after the game. The first reaction was from offensive lineman TJ Lang, and it has been edited due to an obscenity.


Lang's tweet was retweeted over 33,000 times within 30 minutes.

Tight end Tom Crabtree also weighed in, with a play on the Seahawks' fans, the "12th man."


Even players from other teams weighed in... like Darnell Dockett of the Arizona Cardinals.


Blog Photo - Seattle Seahawks beat Green Bay Packers after replacement referee makes bad callInterestingly enough, the NFL's official Facebook page posted news of the game result, saying that Seattle won via Hail Mary. They posted a picture of Golden Tate making a catch, but it definitely wasn't the catch that actually won the game. It was another catch at some other point in the game, which was most definitely NOT a Hail Mary. It was a clear, obvious catch, and had nothing to do with the catch at the end of the game.

One thing that Aaron Rodgers acknowledged is that the Packers never should have been in that situation in the first place.

There's no doubt that he's correct.

The Seahawks sacked Rodgers 8 times in the first half alone, including 4 by Chris Clemons. The Packers only scored one touchdown all game. If they had put up their normal level of production, this play wouldn't have been an issue.


Some believe that this somehow ruined the NFL, and that they'll have to cave to the "real" referees' demands.

Unfortunately, everyone was watching, and now everyone is talking about it. All publicity is good publicity, and the NFL knows that they have the public by the balls, and that there really isn't an alternative to their product.

Sorry, folks, but the league still has no reason to cave. They've already shown that they value money more than their integrity, and one more botched game probably won't change anything.

I can only hope that I'm wrong, since the fans are the ones who are really losing here.
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9/26/12   |   Dream_Machine   |   12885 respect

Bad Calls All game, Get Over It, Could have Gone either Way...

9/25/12   |   riograndmud

THE  REFEREES SUCK BIG TIME. PACKERS GOT TOOK BIG TIME.  PACKERS SHOULD HAVE WON. AND THIS COME FROM REDSKIN FAN

9/25/12   |   jaysinw   |   4839 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
I think both teams played a bit better than given credit for (Seahawks are for real), but that's irrelevant. We were the better team, barely, proved it on the field, and had an egregious call change that. We got screwed and with as even as the NFC looks this year, it could be the difference between a playoff spot or a divisional crown. That was huge.

I think both teams are better then people are saying. I agree it was a bad call, still if Jennings would have tried to knock it down instead of catching the ball (Which all DB are taught, M.D. Jennings is not a rookie)  the Packers would have come away with the win and no one would even be talking about this call. Seeing the Giants go in 9-7 and win it all and the Packers the year before not winning the division crown and still marched through the playoffs. I am not sold on that thought at all, and they still have to play the teams in their respective division.

9/25/12   |   wcheslog

green bay got the shaft

9/25/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

jaysinw wrote:
REally, Jennings did not coast it by trying to catch it instead of knocking it down like they teach??? Green Bay did not play well is why they lost.

I think both teams played a bit better than given credit for (Seahawks are for real), but that's irrelevant. We were the better team, barely, proved it on the field, and had an egregious call change that. We got screwed and with as even as the NFC looks this year, it could be the difference between a playoff spot or a divisional crown. That was huge.

9/25/12   |   jaysinw   |   4839 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
I have to laugh at people saying the refs didn't cost Green Bay the game. Green Bay, for as flawed as they looked (and people need to start giving Seattle some credit for that too), had the lead on the last play, stopped it, and lost due to a blatantly bad call. That cost us the game.

REally, Jennings did not coast it by trying to catch it instead of knocking it down like they teach??? Green Bay did not play well is why they lost.

9/25/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4201 respect

I have to laugh at people saying the refs didn't cost Green Bay the game. Green Bay, for as flawed as they looked (and people need to start giving Seattle some credit for that too), had the lead on the last play, stopped it, and lost due to a blatantly bad call. That cost us the game.

9/25/12   |   jaysinw   |   4839 respect

I will say the call looked wrong, and even with that said there has been many times in the past I have seen the same type of plays go the same way. Only difference one official had given a signal on the play.

OK the officials DID NOT cost Green Bay the game there is many things that went wrong, but I will just stay on the last play. It is taught from pee wee league on up knock the ball down there is no way Jennings should have been trying to catch the ball instead he should have been knocking the ball down so it would be an incomplete pass. Those that what to yammer saying that is not true go back and look at all the hail marys over the last three years you will see 97% the defensive player went to knock the ball down, instead of catching it, and why, because of the chance of simultaneous catch.

In the end people will still go the games and watch them on TV come Thursday, Sunday and Monday.

9/25/12   |   Pat   |   5134 respect

Jeff_P wrote:
waaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaa.......................IF the PACKERS PLAYED UP TO THEIR BILLING AS THE BEST OFFENSE IN THE LEAGUE.......uhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm......WHY ONLY 1 TD........2 FG'S.......and 12 POINTS........GOOOOOOO GET YOUR BABY BOTTLES..........BOYS.........NOOOOOO ONE GIVES EITHER TEAM THE GAME............THEY EARN IT......8 SACKS IN THE 1ST HALF...........LOL..........waaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaa...............

And if the play had been called properly, and Seahawks players were whining, you'd be saying basically the same thing, except turned around on Seattle. You'd be asking why they only scored 7 points in the entire game, and whatnot.

So basically, you're just being a contrarian and trolling the hell out of people who actually care. You don't actually have an opinion on it, you're just thrilled to act like everyone else is being ridiculous, despite the fact that it's a major and legitimate issue.

Alright, cool.

9/25/12   |   Jeff_P   |   19776 respect

waaaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaa.......................IF the PACKERS PLAYED UP TO THEIR BILLING AS THE BEST OFFENSE IN THE LEAGUE.......uhmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm......WHY ONLY 1 TD........2 FG'S.......and 12 POINTS........GOOOOOOO GET YOUR BABY BOTTLES..........BOYS.........NOOOOOO ONE GIVES EITHER TEAM THE GAME............THEY EARN IT......8 SACKS IN THE 1ST HALF...........LOL..........waaaaaaaa waaaaaaaaaa...............

9/25/12   |   jaredmarshall23   |   46 respect

Trust me I am well aware of how bad it's gotten in the NFL with replacement refs its bad. But let me play devils advocate for a moment as a player and a coach I was always told and told my guys take the game out of the refs hands meaning you don't place so bad that it comes down to a bad call. Green Bay didn't lose this game on last play or bad call they lost this by playing poorly the entire game and getting sacked I don't know how many times. There are enough plays throughout a game where if you play your best it never comes down to this. I'm just saying. Now that being said yes the nfl has to do something about this ASAP.

9/25/12   |   Debi_L   |   11280 respect

I wonder what Jess thinks?  

I've read comments all night on both sides of the coin.  Some are saying Jennings in no way had control of the ball.  

One thing for sure, no matter whether the called the game perfectly, they are not the official refs and everyone wants them out..  The sooner they are out, the sooner we can have real football.

9/25/12   |   batlin02   |   2 respect

Clearly Seattle Seahawk TD.  Replacement refereed DID NOT directly impact the result of this game. Great game Seattle, you deserve this victory! 
 
 Signed,
 Life long Packer Fan......GO PACKS!! 

9/25/12   |   Scott   |   49409 respect

i've said it before and I'll say it again.  These replacement refs have no idea what the rules of the game even are and tonight, it directly cost a team a game.

I do disagree with one thing.  There is nothing positive about this publicity.  Sure, it's awesome to see players going nuts on Twitter and having analysts ripping the league but in the grand scheme of things, everybody is talking about football for the wrong reason.

9/25/12   |   Pat   |   5134 respect

How embarrassing is this?