Packers vs. Seahawks: Replaying the debacle [Video]

September 25, 2012|By Houston Mitchell

Trailing 12-7, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson lofted a pass into the end zone on the final play of the game. Packers safety M.D. Jennings outjumped a crowd of Packers and Seahawks to grab the ball. Though when he landed, Seahawks receiver Golden Tate grabbed the ball too, it was clearly an interception.

But the replacement officials saw it a different way: Touchdown Seahawks. Victory Seahawks.

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Or, as Times columnist Bill Plaschke put it:

"Three weeks of gross incompetence by unqualified replacement officials crystallized in two moments Monday night that pushed the league's integrity to the brink.

In one moment, Packers safety M.D. Jennings clearly intercepted a final-play pass while falling upon Seahawks receiver Golden Tate in the end zone, preserving an apparent 12-7 Green Bay win.

In the next moment, the replacement officials ruled that Tate had made the catch, and upheld that ruling after replay review, giving the Seahawks a 14-12 victory.

Said Packers Coach Mike McCarthy: "I've never seen anything like that in all my years in football."

Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman tweeted: "These games are a joke."

It's finally happened. After three weeks of forgetting the rules, losing track of the ball, and haphazardly administering this country's national pastime as if they were salesmen on vacation from Foot Locker, the replacement officials have finally done serious, irrevocable damage. The arrogant NFL's middle-school and small-college substitutes for the locked-out regular officials have finally, actually, literally made one wrong call that decided the outcome of a game."

Yeah, that pretty much sums it up. You can watch the play in question above.


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