The Seattle Screwjob: Replacement Referees Cheat the Packers out of a Win

Benjamin MottCorrespondent IIISeptember 25, 2012

Sept 24, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) holds on to the game-winning touchdown as time expires against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE
Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE

On Monday night, the Green Bay Packers got screwed. Plain and simple.

After the crazy and extremely controversial Monday night game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks, it is now more evident than ever that we need the real NFL referees back.

On the last play of the game, Russell Wilson found Golden Tate on what was called a 24-yard touchdown grab to win the game for the Seahawks, 14-12 the final score. Packers safety M.D. Jennings had his hands on the ball, and after a split call between two refs, the call on the field, being a touchdown, was upheld after further review.

According to NFL rules, if two players simultaneously have their hands on the ball, possession goes to the offensive player. However, it was clear that Jennings had the football in his hands, while Tate had just one hand on it.

Even further, Tate blatantly pushed Packers cornerback Sam Shields in the back before the "catch," which should have resulted in a pass interference call. No flag was thrown.

The Packers should have won this game. They didn't due to a blown call by the referees. I'm not sure if the NFL is actually allowed to adjust records after the game is called over, but in this case, they absolutely need to make an exception. The Packers were absolutely screwed by these replacement refs.

The NFL insists that these referees are fine, but after this week of football, which included a controversial call in the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots game on Sunday night, we need the real referees back.

Unfortunately for the Packers, they have now fallen to 1-2. This game could end up coming back to haunt them later in the season, and the referees will be at fault.