Twitter Explodes After Controversial Finish to Packers vs. Seahawks

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Twitter Explodes After Controversial Finish to Packers vs. Seahawks

With a last-second Hail Mary, the Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers by a score of 14-12 on Monday night.

Kind of. 

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.

Then this (via NFL draft analyst Dion Caputi):

Sports Illustrated's Peter King summed it up pretty well with this simple tweet:

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:

Rich Eisen puts this all in perspective:

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:

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees was vocal about the controversial ending:

ESPN's Bill Simmons had a solid idea for what Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy should have done in protest:

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:

ESPN's Michael Wilbon chimes in with a likely preview of PTI:

NFL lead writer for Bleacher Report Sigmund Bloom gives us an idea of how this entire situation can be saved:

If only.

Finally, this tweet might say the most about the entire messed-up situation (via comedian Adam Rank):

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:

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:

Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Darnell Dockett weighed in after the game:

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:

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:

Widespread sentiment like this is tough to deny. The controversy surrounding Monday night's debacle isn't going to go away anytime soon.

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