NFL: How Week 3 Final Play Sums Up Wild Season

Alex SandersonCorrespondent IIISeptember 25, 2012

SEATTLE, WA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Wide receiver Golden Tate #81 of the Seattle Seahawks makes a catch in the end zone to defeat the Green Bay Packers on a controversial call by the officials at CenturyLink Field on September 24, 2012 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Just as crazy as some of the calls the NFL's replacement refs have made so far this season is what you see what you look at the standings through the first three weeks of the 2012 season.

In tonight's game between the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers, the refs awarded Seahawk receiver Golden Tate with a touchdown on an extremely controversial play. It looked as if a Green Bay defender had intercepted the ball, but instead Tate had a walk-off (well, almost) touchdown.

This play epitomizes some of the shaky calls we have seen throughout the National Football League in 2012. It has been the subject of great disarray for many coaches and players throughout this young season.

Every team in the league has played three games now this season, and all but five teams are 2-1 or 1-2. The parity could certainly be tied to the spotty officiating, as that can be a great equalizer in sports.

The biggest thing that jumps out when you analyze the standings is that the winning teams of the last four Super Bowls are a combined 4-8. While it is common in the NFL to yield a different champion every year, that is still a shocking number.

We should have known what was going to happen this year when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the defending champion New York Giants at home on opening night. Although not even the wildest mind could have envisioned what happened on Monday Night Football this week.

In addition to the egregious call to give Tate the touchdown, to add insult to injury, the players and coaches were then summoned back onto the field so that Seattle could attempt a meaningless point-after attempt. It was icing on the cake of one of the wildest finishes to a game you will ever see.

The events from the Seattle-Green Bay encounter make it as apparent as ever that the NFL needs to come to terms with the regular officials. While plays like the Tate touchdown can be fun to debate, the competitive nature of a great league is at question.