The NFL plans to address the controversial ending to the Seattle Seahawks’ 14-12 victory over the Green Bay Packers at some point today.
Steve Wyche reported on the NFL Network this morning that the league will come forward to discuss the touchdown catch by Golden Tate in the end zone as time expired. Packers cornerback M.D. Jennings appeared to make an interception and one official ruled touchback while another ruled a touchdown for Tate, who pushed off on Packers cornerback Sam Shields before he jumped for the ball.
The Seahawks claim it was a simultaneous possession, which would be awarded to them, but replays are clear that Jennings caught the ball and possessed it with two arms with Tate having one arm in the mix.
This was just one of numerous questionable calls by the officiating crew. Anything short of a “we blew it” announcement from the NFL will fall well short of addressing the matter.
While coaches, players, fans and media have expressed shock over the work of replacement referees for three weeks, owners have yet to speak up. Until the NFL’s owners acknowledge there is a problem and there was a sham in Seattle, nothing is going to be accomplished. They've put money ahead of the interests of the game and that is their right — it's their league. But now a lack of credibility has been exposed and whatever fallout there is from that, the NFL deserves.
Imagine how the San Francisco 49ers and Arizona Cardinals feel this morning. A team in their NFC West division was awarded a victory Monday night that it didn’t deserve.
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