Replacement Referees: The Packers Have Only Themselves to Blame for MNF Debacle

Andrew Robeson@SportswriterguyAnalyst IISeptember 25, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 16: T.J. Lang #70 of the Green Bay Packers rests on the bench during a preseason game against the Cleveland Browns at Lambeau Field on August 16, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Last night I watched the Super Bowl. Anybody who watched Monday Night Football ended up watching the Super Bowl. 

At least if you saw the aftermath of the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks game, that's what you would be forced to believe. The game was deemed an instant classic, albeit for all the wrong reasons, by the announcers on the scene.

By now most of us have all seen it. An interception by M.D. Jennings was ruled a touchdown catch by Golden Tate, and it changed the outcome of a NFL game. What this "tragedy" distracted us all from is how poorly the Packers played all night. 

One of the earliest lessons you learn in sports is that referees make mistakes. They make a lot of them. What the Packers did with their poor play was allow the refs to be a factor in how the game was decided.

A good Packers team wouldn't have allowed the referees to be in that position; a Packers team from two years ago would have been up 21 points when Russel Wilson was throwing that Hail Mary.

Some of the most frustrated members of the Packers team were their offensive line. T.J. Lang took to Twitter to blame the referees and the NFL. 

If I were Lang I would have done the same thing. The replacement referees gave the offensive line an out. They made everyone forget how they gave up eight first-half sacks. EIGHT. The Packers offensive line was atrocious, but how many are talking about that this morning? 

Almost everyone can agree that last night's game was decided by a bad call. Even the people in Seattle have to know that. However, the Packers should have never allowed them to be in that position.

Even if the NFL had its regular officials on the field there is no guarantee that the Packers would have won. In live action the referees didn't have the picture that we all have now of Jennings clutching the ball to his chest. Once that call goes to replay there's no way it gets overturned. 

Let's not even talk about that. Yes, the excuses are plentiful. Another argument is the fact that Aaron Rodgers claimed that the officials gave him a kicking ball to attempt a two point conversion. 

The replacement referees suck. There are plenty of examples to choose from. The Packers went onto the field knowing that and left the field knowing it even more.

The referees made themselves a factor in Monday night's game, but the Packers could have prevented that. The referees were awful, but the Packers didn't look so good either.