With a last-second Hail Mary, the Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers by a score of 14-12 on Monday night.
The thrilling contest is going to go down as easily one of the most scrutinized games of the season, but it's just unfortunate it will happen for all the wrong reasons. Let's take a look at how Twitter handled arguably one of the most ridiculous sports moments in recent memory.
Hint: Not well.
First, let's set the scene. The Seahawks were down 12-7 with seconds left on the clock. Russell Wilson launched a deep Hail Mary into the corner of the end zone, where Golden Tate, Charly Martin and a bunch of Packers defenders were waiting.
Tate pushed off one player. Not called. Then M.D. Jennings came down with the apparent interception, while Tate had a couple of fingertips on the ball. Tate was credited with the touchdown. Seahawks win.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King summed it up pretty well with this simple tweet:
One of the great disgraces in NFL history.— Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) September 25, 2012
In case you were wondering, Steven Hauschka did, in fact, come out and kick the PAT. I'm sure plenty of owners cried and plenty screamed with joy at that point.
Legion Sports gives us this picture of the final play:
Good game, good effort, replacement referees. But you are officially the worst thing since Windows Vista.
ESPN's Matthew Berry offers up a possible explanation for the last of many atrocious calls on the night:
Did the ref have Golden Tate in fantasy? #itsnotoutofthequestion— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) September 25, 2012
Rich Eisen puts this all in perspective:
We wondered when the replacement refs would cost a team a game. I believe we just saw one.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) September 25, 2012
Unfortunately, this probably wasn't the first time that a team was cost a game because of the zebras, and as long as the replacement refs are around, it won't be the last.
Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson expresses the feelings that I'm sure pretty much every other player and fan has:
Com'on can we please get the real refs back. Destroying the game that we all grew to love. WOW!!!!!!— Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21) September 25, 2012
New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees was vocal about the controversial ending:
Ironic that our league punishes those based on conduct detrimental. Whose CONDUCT is DETRIMENTAL now?— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) September 25, 2012
ESPN's Bill Simmons had a solid idea for what Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy should have done in protest:
Mike McCarthy should have ran back out on the field naked from the waist down.— Bill Simmons (@sportsguy33) September 25, 2012
After the game, the entire ESPN crew criticized the NFL in a very big way. Steve Young was quite possibly the biggest critic, and Simmons gives us a reaction to Young's huge outburst:
I'm a Steve Young fan. He genuinely cares. Like Barkley cares about NBA... same kind of passion during times of crisis/embarrassment.— Bill Simmons (@sportsguy33) September 25, 2012
ESPN's Michael Wilbon chimes in with a likely preview of PTI:
What robbery...what a fraud the NFL just perpetrated on the Green Bay Packers...— Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon) September 25, 2012
NFL lead writer for Bleacher Report Sigmund Bloom gives us an idea of how this entire situation can be saved:
If NFL admits defeat, regular refs return this wk, all is forgiven, forgotten. if NFL tries to downplay, image meltdown accelerates— Sigmund Bloom (@SigmundBloom) September 25, 2012
Finally, this tweet might say the most about the entire messed-up situation (via comedian Adam Rank):
Well, now it's time for WWE RAW, where at least I know what I'm getting from the officiating.— Adam Rank (@adamrank) September 25, 2012
It wasn't the tweet itself, but the fact that the official NFL Twitter account decide to retweet it speaks volumes. The league is in a bad place right now.
Let's be honest. The outcry on Twitter went on forever and ever. And ever. And ever. No one was happy. No one. So here's a tweet from actor Zach Braff that sums the entire night up:
THESE REFS AREN'T GOOD AT REFFING!!!!!! I'M SO ANGRY!!!!— Zach Braff (@zachbraff) September 25, 2012
So true, Vanilla Bear. So true.
NFL Network reporter Albert Breer speaks the truth when reacting to a tweet by Packers guard T.J. Lang:
Wow ... Can't blame the Packers RT @tjlang70: F--- it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) September 25, 2012
Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett weighed in after the game:
This is what the NFL has come down to, &yet they tell you to respect the shield! Lol. But they'll try to fine us for everything thing we do.— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) September 25, 2012
Like Breer said to Land earlier, you can't blame Dockett there. Everett Herald reporter John Boyle showed how absurd Monday night's outcome really was:
Even Pete Carroll, whose team benefited from this mess, has seen enough of the replacement officials: "It's time for this to be over."— John Boyle (@johnpboyle) September 25, 2012
You know it's bad if the winning coach is throwing his own two cents in.
Minnesota Wild player Jake Dowell summed Monday night's debacle up perfectly:
I would like to congratulate Russell Wilson on throwing the first ever game winning interception tonight...— Jake Dowell (@JDowell18) September 25, 2012
Widespread sentiment like this is tough to deny. The controversy surrounding Monday night's debacle isn't going to go away anytime soon.