Matt Stamey-US PRESSWIRE
The officials couldn't keep track of timeouts late in the game.
This should have been a simple situation but the replacement officials made this into a debacle. Seattle used two timeouts and had one remaining as they attacked the Cardinals on their final drive of the game in the last two minutes.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a pass for Doug Baldwin in the end zone. Baldwin laid out for it and just missed catching it. In the process, Baldwin landed on the ball and knocked the wind out of himself.
Baldwin laid down in the end zone gasping for air and the trainers came out to check on him. Under the NFL rules, an injury in the final two minutes will cost a team a timeout if they still have one. Seattle did and the proper call would have been to charge the Seahawks their third and final timeout.
Instead, what ensued was a delay of several minutes while the officials conferred to try and figure out if the timeout counted against the Seahawks. The delay itself was the length of a couple timeouts.
The referee came back and said since the clock had stopped on the incompletion, the timeout was not charged to Seattle.
Without this incident, this was a quiet weekend for the replacement referees. Unfortunately, they put themselves under additional scrutiny by making this simple mistake.