After tonight's debacle by the replacement officials I don't know if I can continue watching the NFL anymore, at least until the real refs are striking.
First, the refs called Packers cornerback Sam Shields for pass interference when he was trying to play the ball with the intended receiver all over him. It was the worst pass interference call I've ever seen and I've been watching football for 30 years.
Next, and this REALLY pissed me off, at the end of the game, Seahawks quaterback Russle Wilson threw up a Hail Mary pass and M.D. Jennings, a Packers cornerback (I think) came down with it. However, Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate grabbed at it a few times, trying to pry it free. It was the strangest play I've ever seen, and while I've always believed something like that was possible I had never seen it and I had always wondered what it would look like. Anyway, Tate was awarded the game-winning touchdown.
That's what I, and the vast majority of fans, don't get. Even 60% of Seahawks fans. Jennings landed on his back on top of Tate. Jennings had the ball clutched tight to his chest. He had full control of the ball, and by rule, it's considered a catch of you land inbounds with full control of the ball. The receiver had is hands on the ball, yes, but he didn't have possession.
I'd also like to point out that before Jennings and Tate had their scuffle with the ball, Tate shoved Shields out of the way, which should've been ruled offensive pass interference.
Furthermore, you should see some of the tweets by Packers offensive lineman T.J. Lang:
Got ****ed by the refs.. Embarrassing. Thanks nfl
**** it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.
Any player/coach in Seattle that really thinks they won that game has zero integrity as a man and should be embarrassed.
It is because of the sloppy officiating that I can honestly say I'm not sure if I'll be watching next week. :evil: