Green Bay Packers Take High Road Despite Being Robbed in Seattle

Adam KrieselContributor 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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By now, it's public opinion that Green Bay Packers safety M.D. Jennings secured an interception at the end of the game to secure a win against the Seattle Seahawks. Fans think so, analysts think so, and even a large number of players, including some Seahawks, think so.

We could sit here and rant about the multiple blown calls by the officials, but there are plenty of other websites taking care of that. Let's instead take a look at the reaction from Green Bay minutes after defeat.

It would be easy for players and coaches to vent some frustration when given a microphone, but the Packers did the opposite.

"It was awful," Aaron Rodgers said, via ESPN Milwaukee. "Just look at the replay and then the fact that it was reviewed. It was awful. That's all I'm going to say about it."

That is an admirable job of self-censorship by Rodgers, who could have ranted for minutes. Instead, he said what everyone who saw the play was thinking and left it at that.

Yes, many other Packers players voiced their uncensored opinion on twitter, and rightfully so. But after watching Patriots head coach Bill Belichick grab an official's arm and Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan verbally attack the refs in the stadium's tunnel, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy had every right to voice his true feeling about the game.

"Don't ask me any questions about the officials," McCarthy said while opening up his post-game press conference. "So we'll cut to the chase right there. You want to talk about the game?"

There have been numerous questionable calls made late in games by the replacement referees throughout the league, and coaches have already been handed fines for inappropriate criticism. But in the biggest blown call in recent memory, no such action was taken.

There will almost certainly be fines given to multiple Packer players for their twitter posts, but that is beyond the point. Can we really expect 53 angry men to all keep quiet after such a devastating loss?

But when in front of live cameras and sports writers waiting to sabotage their harsh comments, everyone seemed tight-lipped.

"I mean, what are you going to do?" cornerback Charles Woodson said. "We'll go back to Green Bay and just continue to get better as a team,"

Then when asked if that was all he had to say, Woodson simply smiled.

"That's all I've got," Woodson said. "That's all I've got."

At this point, all you can do is move on. The players and coaches are already talking about next week's game against New Orleans, so let's do the same.

It's clear that action needs to be taken to get the original referees back, but as fans all we can do is hope it happens soon. The replacement officials officially blew a game. It's tough to swallow, but it's time to move on.