Packers vs. Seahawks: Making the Call on Crazy Hail Mary Ending

Gary Davenport@@IDPSharksNFL AnalystSeptember 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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Well folks, it happened.

Ever since the ridiculously atrocious replacement officials took the field for Week 1 of the 2012 NFL season, critics have said that sooner or later a game would be decided by a blown call that could have far-reaching implications down the road.

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a bingo!

On the last play of the Monday night game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, with Seattle trailing by five, quarterback Russell Wilson heaved a desperation Hail Mary into the end zone that by all indications was intercepted by Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings.

Except that the replacement officials, who made so many bad calls in this game that it defies explanation, ruled that wide receiver Golden Tate had simultaneous possession and called it a touchdown.

The game-winning touchdown. The game-winning touchdown that gives the Packers more losses this season in three games than they had all of last year.

Reaction from the Twitterverse was as immediate as it was incredulous, including from the NFL staff here at Bleacher Report.

It looks like Golden Tate caught M.D. Jennings' right arm for a game-winning touchdown tonight.

— Zach Kruse (@zachkruse2) September 25, 2012
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Serious question: Can the #NFL make an adjustment to the win-loss after the fact? I don't think so, but they should.

— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) September 25, 2012

I honestly think Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy wore a hat during the postgame press conference so the top of his head didn't pop off, and I don't blame him one bit. The Packers were robbed, flim-flammed, ripped off. No one with eyes can honestly say different.

I can't wait to see how the National Football League tries to spin this, but it was the perfect capper to a weekend of phantom penalties, non-calls, blown spots and what was likely the worst weekend of NFL football in recent memory.

The players and coaches have had enough, and many have made their opinions known, such as Brandon Spikes of the New England Patriots voicing his displeasure via a profane rant on Twitter, according to USA Today.

However, so long as fans fill the stands and tune in to watch this farce, the NFL is going to continue to turn a deaf ear to these cries, their heels greedily dug in against the regular officials.

So, for now we get an interception that's ruled a touchdown and a swing that meant millions in Las Vegas and could significantly impact the NFC playoff race down the road.

I'll let ESPN's Adam Schefter sum things up, as he did quite well in less than 140 characters.

Well, the officials decided a game.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 25, 2012