Why Green Bay Packers Have Every Right to Be Upset After Seahawks' Hail Mary

Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent ISeptember 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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To err is human. To blunder as the refs did on the Hail Mary against the Green Bay Packers, well, that was something different.

Green Bay fans will spend at least the next week wondering what happened. Nothing will get done in the Wisconsin town, people will walk around in a daze wondering what other basic tenets of life are no longer valid.

Will the sun actually come up tomorrow? Who knows? Anything is in play now.

On the last play of the game, Russel Wilson threw a 24-yard pass that M.D. Jennings clearly brought into his body. However, Golden Tate had a couple hands on the ball, so the referee decided that it was a touchdown.

The rule states that if both players simultaneously possess a ball, the ball is considered to be in the possession of the offensive player. 

That wasn't the case here. It was clear that Jennings had the ball cradled against his chest and was in complete control of the rock. Despite the opportunity to overturn the call on review, the refs declined to make it right.

We should have seen this coming after an earlier defensive pass interference flag for Sam Shields being in great position and being shoved by Tate. We knew it was only a matter of time before the replacement refs blatantly cost a team a game.

The wait is over. No more speculation about how this call or that call actually affected the outcome of the game. There is no other way to put it. The replacements, and on a bigger scale, the NFL, blew it.

The loss drops the Packers to 1-2. They now have an upward battle to make the playoffs considering their schedule, and their odds of post-season play were dramatically reduced by the guys in stripes. 

I hear they make good beer in Wisconsin. Good thing too, because I'm not sure how anybody in that state is going to get any sleep otherwise.