The Packers Got Robbed Of A Sure Victory
Yesterday evening's Monday Night Football game between the Packers and Seahawks had the most pathetic ending that I have ever seen. The Seahawks won the game 14-12 because of a supposed last second touchdown catch by Golden Tate, however it was clear that Packer's Safety M.D. Jennings intercepted the pass thrown by QB Russell Wilson.
The replacement officials were up to their old tricks again, and made some questionable calls throughout the contest, but this time their ignorance actually cost the Packers a win. First of all, it was clear that Tate shoved Packer's cornerback Sam Shields to the ground prior to attempting to make the catch, and offensive pass interference was never called. This would have ended the game.
Secondly, it was clear that Packers' safety M.D. Jennings intercepted the Wilson pass, and had full control of the ball until he hit the ground when Tate wrestled the ball away from him. One official signaled for a touchdown, while the other saw that it was clearly an interception, and signaled for a touchback.
To make matters worse, the officials reviewed the call after the fact and still determined that it was a touchdown, hence the Packers getting robbed and losing the game 14-12. There is no excuse for this kind of poor officiating, not in a billion dollar league like the NFL. The owners need to come to some agreement with the real officials soon, or there is no doubt that this could just be the beginning of many disasters to come.
I am not a Green Bay Packers fan, as a matter of fact, I can't stand them because I love the Chicago Bears, and they happen to be their biggest rival. This is something that I never thought I would say, but it was sad to see them lose last night. They did not deserve to walk away without the hard fought victory. If a team loses a game, it should be due to their mistakes, not poor officiating.
Perhaps the NFL owners will try to expedite this whole fiasco with the NFL officials, and actually be able to work out a deal within the next couple of weeks for them to return. The city of Green Bay owns the Packers, they are the only team in the NFL without a particular owner. Maybe if this happens to another NFL team with one owner, then it will hit more close to home. Money truly is the root of all evil, and can even make the greatest game in America look like a joke at times.