The play that cost the Packers the game last night -- the one where the Packers guy has the ball pinned to his chest, the Seahawks guy only has one arm on it but the refs call it a catch-and-win for Seattle -- was proper and correctly called, the NFL says.
Referee Wayne Elliott determined that no indisputable visual evidence existed to overturn the call on the field, and as a result, the on-field ruling of touchdown stood. The NFL Officiating Department reviewed the video today and supports the decision not to overturn the on-field ruling following the instant replay review.The result of the game is final.
Not sure what this means, other than, "We're not bringing back the pro refs anytime soon, so quit whining," or "We know you can't stop watching, BWAHAHAHAHAHA!"
-- Paul Tosto
On behalf of pretty much everyone that ,one way or another saw "THE" play, JUST KNOCK THE BALL DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! End of story.
Anyway, they'll all be 2-2 next week, plus G.B. has already beat the bears, and it's Octoberfest this week, sooooo, who cares!
I'm concerned that the NFL is going the reality TV route - that having constant controversy about the game, rather than events occurring within the game itself, increases viewership, ratings, and income.
The era of content is dead. Long live the era of controversy!
Wrong-O, pigskin breath. I have stopped watching. It turns out there are other things you can do on Sunday afternoon. I keep wondering what this is about. Is it the fact that union busting is in fashion even though referee salaries are a pittance to the NFL, or is it about putting on a tough show before they negotiate with the players union where the real money is.
As the game announcers pointed out, the catch or lack thereof should never have been in question. There was an obvious offensive pass interference foul by the "catcher" before the catch occurred. A penalty on the offense would have ended the game.
That said, there were plenty of questionable calls against both sides during the course of the game.
One of the MPR morning shows interviewed a recently fired Ref Trainer who claimed the permanent refs were lower paid part-time jobs. Huh? ESPN reports the average salary for referees at $150 annually. Most refs have other careers. The league has offered 1st class travel and pay increases, but the ref union wants to hold onto it's pension plan. Unions of all stripes (pun intended) need to let go of the pensions and accept 401k plans like most other workers public and private.
I agree with Louis. Why was a defensive back going for an interception on the last play of the game? Knock it down and you win.
Louis and Suzanne, did you miss the Detroit-Tennessee game Sunday where the defensive player knocked the ball down on a Hail Mary...right into the arms of a waiting wide receiver for a last second touchdown?
Brad: Yes, saw the other hail mary where the guy tipped the ball to the receiver, THAT WAS RIGHT IN HIS FACE. Jennings had the entire end zone free of any Hawk players. Sorry, this was still a very selfish play that cost the Packers the game. And as for you Suzanne, your insight is second only to your charm and grace. Louis