Horrible. Absolutely horrible. I'm talking about the performance of the officiating crew in the Seattle Seahawks 14-12 "win" over the Green Bay Packers.
Before I get started, let me say that both teams had bad calls against them last night. However, the Packers definitely got the raw end of the deal.
The first touchdown scored by the Seahawks in the game was set up by a key third-down conversion, as QB Russell Wilson scrambled for a first down. However, the head ref missed an obvious holding call on that play—OLB Clay Matthews was tackled on the play as he was rushing Wilson.
That was just the beginning.
With the Packers holding a 12-7 lead in the fourth quarter, Jerron McMillian intercepted a Wilson pass. However, that very same head ref called roughing the passer against OLB Erik Walden.
It was another terrible call—Wilson was running outside the pocket as he threw the ball and Walden just followed through on his tackle attempt.
That kept that drive alive.
Later in the possession, CB Sam Shields was called for pass interference when it was obvious to everyone that if pass interference truly happened on the play, it was WR Sidney Rice of the Seahawks who committed it.
The Packers ended up holding the Seahawks out of the end zone on that drive, but the field position had dramatically changed.
The Packers ended up punting deep in their own territory, and it all led to the last play of the game.
Wilson heaved a Hail Mary pass on the final play, and once again it was obvious to everyone (except for one ref), that Safety M.D. Jennings had intercepted the ball. Seahawks wideout Golden Tate was beneath him and attempting to hold the ball with one hand.
Somehow the refs decided that the Seahawks had indeed scored a touchdown.
The Packers saw a victory stolen from them by an NFC opponent. This could affect the outcome of the regular season and who makes the playoffs in the NFC.
The Packers should be 2-1, but instead are 1-2.
Their performance on Monday night had many flaws, but the Packers deserved the victory in this very physical game.
However, that win was taken away by incompetent officiating. Roger Goodell and the owners should be embarrassed.
Are they though?
What is more important to that group? Profits or the integrity of the game?
We will find out soon enough.