Bad Call Gives Seattle Seahawks The Win On Monday Night Football – VIDEO
This is the controversial ending of Monday night's NFL game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks.
Seahawks' receiver Golden Tate pushes a Packers' defender out of the way, and wrestles the ball away to give the Seahawks a 14-12 win on the last play of the game.
Actually, Tate didn't wrestle the ball away, he merely got his hand on the ball.
On the play, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson scrambled from the pocket and threw to the the end zone as the clock expired. Tate shoved Green Bay's Sam Shields out of the way, then put his hand on the ball while he was under Green Bay's M.D. Jennings, who looked to have possession of the ball.
No, check that...Jennings did have the ball. That was an interception!
Notice the two officials who were in the end zone. One was signalling time out, while one signalled touchdown.
When you get put into a position which you're not qualified for, like the replacement officials, things like this happen.
I don't know, but my guess is that the officials are down there, the adrenaline pumping, 70,000 people screaming, hoping that nothing controversial happens so they can just go home, and this play happens.
I thought it was obvious that Jennings intercepted the ball, but I'm in my bed. If I get it wrong, nobody will care.
These guys see two guys touching the football, have fans, players, and coaches screaming at them, then they doubt themselves, and in the moment, just panic and make the wrong call.
I'm not excusing it. It was a bad call that cost the Packers a game.
If the Packers lose out on home field advantage throughout the playoffs, it's possible that call could cost them a Super Bowl.
So, I'm not excusing it. I'm merely pointing out what can happen when you have inexperienced, unqualified guys officiating a game with some of the best athletes in the entire world.
Finally, instant replay wasn't there to help the replacement refs. Possession is not reviewable, only if a catch was actually made.
And this followed a 31-30 win by the Ravens on Sunday, where Justin Tucker kicked a disputed 27-yard field goal to give Baltimore the win.
The regular officials couldn't get back soon enough.