The Green Bay Packers lost last night to the Seattle Seahawks on a wild ending that saw Packers safety M.D. Jennings and Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate each go for the ball and, as reported on the field, each come down with possession of it.
It was ruled "simultaneous possession" by the refs, meaning that by their judgment, both players had possession. In cases like this, the tie goes to the passing team.
Seattle was ruled to have scored a touchdown and the score, which was 12-7 eight seconds prior, had jumped to 14-12 in favor of the Seahawks.
Twitter immediately exploded.
Current and former NFL players let the replacement refs have it, allowing the vitriol they saw as a blown call spill over into infantile rage. Throwing tantrums behind computer screens, professional football players, who put the fear of God into their opponents, were crying for their regular refs like a baby missing their bottle.
For what it's worth, I think Golden Tate had simultaneous possession with M.D. Jennings, and the correct call was made. I also think the refs made that call by accident, rushing to judgment rather than conferring with one another. But the ends justify the means, no?
But while that call is Green Bay's whipping boy this morning, it hardly represents what Packers fans should be angry at when they think about Monday night's matchup in Seattle.
Join me as I present to you the five things that should get Green Bay Packers fans more angry than the replacement refs and their game-ending call.