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The 5 Worst Officiating Mistakes of the 2012 NFL Season (So Far)

As you may have heard, hobos and miscreants are in charge of refereeing NFL games now! Or, rather, the NFL has decided to use high school referees as replacements while it negotiates with the actual referees' union, which has led to the occasional minor controversy. And while Monday's night's disastrous ending to the Packers-Seahawks game is probably the pinnacle (or nadir) of this sad saga, there were already plenty of questionable, puzzling and downright infuriating officiating decisions leading up to it.

Let's have a look, shall we?

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The 5 Most Questionable Calls in NFL History
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The 5 Most Questionable Calls in NFL History

By now, even non-football fans have heard about the officiating debacle in last night's showdown between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks (just check your Facebook feed). Facing a 12-7 deficit with just seconds left to play, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rolled out of the pocket and threw a desperation heave into the end zone, resulting in a game-clinching interception for the Packers.

Except it wasn't. Instead, the NFL's much-maligned replacement officials inexplicably ruled the play a touchdown for the Seahawks, ignoring an obvious offensive pass-interference penalty and cementing the phrase "simultaneous catch" into the lexicon of poor sports officiating.

This screw-up will, hopefully, lead to the return of the real refs—but let's not forget that they too have made their share of awful calls over the years. Here's a look at some of the NFL's most controversial officiating decisions:

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Watch David Akers Kick a History Making Field Goal

There aren't too many times that a NFL team will attempt a 63-yard field goal, since missing the difficult kick will result in great field position for the opposing team.

But with only seconds left in the first half in their game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, the San Francisco 49ers didn't have to worry about that when they sent kicker David Akers out to try what would tie the record for the longest kick in league history.

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Monday Night Football Report: San Diego Chargers Beat Oakland Raiders, 22-14; Baltimore Ravens Rout Cincinnati Bengals, 44-13

The first week of the 2012 NFL season wrapped up with a Monday Night Football doubleheader. Here's the recap of this week's Monday night games:

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