A lot has been made (even less that 24 hours) after the end of the Seahawks/Packers game on Monday Night Football to end Week 3 of the regular season. People from all across the country from sports fans to non-sports fans have weighed in their opinion. There have (and will continue to be) a lot of words written and spoken based on this so of course, we got to weigh in here as well.
Full disclosure, I am a Seahawks fan. I lived in Seattle for 3 years. I know all about refs making horrible calls (see Super Bowl XL…and that was the actual refs). I do know that the play at the end of the game was horrible and the wrong call. One cannot argue that. Unfortunately, in light of that one play, it seems lost in the midst of that is the fact that there were way more messed up calls the entire game that went against both Green Bay and Seattle. What makes me mad as a Seahawks fan is the fact that the refs tainted a victory. Instead of talking about the defense and their 9 sacks of Aaron Rodgers, it’s the refs and their bad officiating.
Also lost is a horrible call that changed the dynamic of the entire game that went the way of the Packers. In the 4th quarter with about 9 minutes or so in the game there is a 3rd and 1 on the Seattle 2 yard line. Aaron Rodgers is sacked (it’s credited as a sack because of no gain) and marked at the 2. Green Bay challenged and the ruling is overturned (by replay officials who are not replacement). The replays showed that Rodgers was down before stretching the ball and yet was credited with the yard. So instead of 4th down, the Packers got 1st and Goal on the 1 and subsequently scored a TD on the next play.
This changed the dynamic of the game completely. Instead of 4th down, the Packers got a new set of downs and scored a TD which put them up by 5 (since they missed the 2pt conversion). Yes, it’s not a given that they wouldn’t have scored anyway but more than likely HC Mike McCarthy would’ve kicked a FG and then the Packers would have been only up 2 points with the score 9-7. In that instance, the next Seattle drive instead of going for it on 4th down, they would’ve went for the field goal. Then you have potentially the score 10-9 and then who knows?
But the fact remains the replacement refs have shown the last 3 weeks that they aren’t up to the task. There is a reason why the NFL refs are the NFL refs. Yes they mess up on calls too but they can handle the situation. These guys can’t and it’s playing out on the field and taking away from the product. NFL fans have a right to be mad when officials are getting talked about more than the players and coaches. But unfortunately, it’s up to the owners to decide and at the moment it doesn’t seem like they care enough to change things.