If you're a fan of the NFL's Seattle Seahawks or had Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate on your fantasy football team, you're very happy about the outcome on Monday Night Football. However, if you're a fan of the Green Bay Packers or a fan of the NFL in general, you're upset that the replacement referees may have cost them the game.
The controversial play at the end of the game involved Tate's last-second game-winning touchdown against the Packers. The debate centers on whether Tate pushed Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields, which could have drawn an offensive pass interference penalty, and whether Tate actually caught the ball in the end zone. Replays show Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings catching the ball and coming down with it with Tate having his arm around Jennings on the football.
There was also confusion on the field as one referee ruled the play a touchdown and the other a touchback. The play was reviewed and later upheld, giving the Seahawks a 14-12 win. The NFL released a statement Tuesday, supporting the decision not to overturn the on-field ruling after the instant replay review.
After the game, Twitter was abuzz calling for the NFL to get the real referees back on the field. The league and its regular officials have been involved in a labor dispute.
From the time the game ended after midnight to early Tuesday morning, NFL-related topics dominated the Twitterverse, including hashtags involving replacement referees and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. #Thingsbetterthanreplacementrefs include topics like "my body fat percentage," "the odds of Rick Ross beating Usain Bolt in 100M" and "Helen Keller's hearing."
Green Bay players went to Twitter to vent after Monday's game. One player, Clay Matthews, even tweeted out Goodell's phone number.
Any player/coach in Seattle that really thinks they won that game has zero integrity as a man and should be embarrassed.
— TJ Lang (@TJLang70) September 25, 2012
Can't believe this.. Never seen anything like it.
— cj wilson (@cjwilson95) September 25, 2012
Other NFL players expressed their displeasure with the referees and Monday's game.
I love this league and love the game of football, but tonight’s debacle hurts me greatly. This is NOT the league we’re supposed to represent
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) September 25, 2012
Refs single handedly blew this one...
— Reggie Bush (@reggie_bush) September 25, 2012
For the NFL to tell u as the fans there is nothing wrong with these officials is a slap in the face to u!!!! #ReplacementRefs
— Chris Harris (@ChrisHarrisNFL) September 25, 2012
Even celebrities off the field weighed in on the controversial call.
Okay, TOTALLY TIME for theCheap Assed Owners to PONY UP!! These refs are in Over their heads!!! OBVIOUSLY!!!
— Samuel L. Jackson (@SamuelLJackson) September 25, 2012
These replacement refs gotta go man!! Packers just got game took from them. I LOVE NFL football to much to see this type of work.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 25, 2012
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) September 25, 2012
Tell us what you think. Did you see the game? Should the NFL bring back the regular referees? Are the replacement referees being unfairly singled out? Share your thoughts with us.