My first thought when I saw the interception by Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings that was ruled a touchdown catch credited to Golden Tate was, "I'm just glad this didn't happen to my team." Holy shit would that be tough to swallow.
We've rounded up some reactions from around the web including video of the play in question:
Green Bay Packers players not surprisingly had a few things to say on Twitter about the play. [Deadspin]
As of the 1:45 am, Packers guard T.J. Lang's tweet had nearly 62,000 retweets and over 17,000 favorites.
Fuck it NFL.. Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) September 25, 2012
Here's how the AP described the scene:
SEATTLE -- In a bizarre ending that capped a brutal weekend for
replacement officials, the Seattle Seahawks somehow beat the Green Bay
Packers 14-12 on Monday night in a game that's certain to re-ignite
frustrations over the locked-out refs.
Wilson threw a disputed 24-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate on the
final play of the game, a game that finally ended 10 minutes later when
both teams were brought back on the field for the extra point.
scrambled from the pocket and threw to the corner of the end zone as
the clock expired. Tate shoved Green Bay's Sam Shields out of the way,
then wrestled with M.D. Jennings for possession. It was ruled on the
field as a touchdown and after a lengthy review, referee Wayne Elliott
came out from under the hood and announced "the ruling on the field
stands" and CenturyLink Field erupted in celebration.
It was nearly 10 minutes before the teams were brought back for the extra point.
The final decision is only going to fuel debate about the replacement officials coming off a weekend filled with disputed calls.
Vikings Punter Chris Kluwe shared his thoughts at Deadspin:
One of the main points Commissioner Goodell has always harped on is
protecting the shield: not letting anything tarnish the brand of the
NFL. Commissioner, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but right now
the shield is tarnishing faster than a sailor's virtue in a two-dollar
All the NFL.com videos of interest regarding the blown call:
>>Watch the NFL Network break down the rules of the simultaneous catch (clearly it didn't look like one)
"Tie goes to the runner. Good call." LOLCarroll
We may update this post with more fun reactions...
"Interceptions are touchdowns now? Sweet." - Jay Cutler, the closest he's ever been to smiling.
— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) September 25, 2012