The backup refs officially cost a team a game. There have been many bad calls this year yet September 24 was definitely the worst call. On the final play of the game between the Packers and Seahawks, the Seahawks quarterback threw a hail may pass into the end zone to try and win the game. A field goal wouldn’t have won the game. A Packer defender came down with it then a Seahawk receiver wrapped his hands on the ball. It looked like an interception until the replacement officials rushed over two seconds later and ruled it a touchdown. The play went under further review and couldn’t be overturned because there was not indisputable evidence.
Even the Seahawk fans agree that the ball was really intercepted. The backup refs had officially cost the Packers a game. This bad call could have serious playoff implications and has led to riots in Green Bay. Owners of other teams are also growing weary of the backup officials and hope that the NFL commissioner can reach a deal before the backup refs do anymore damage. The replacement officials have not been properly prepared to referee a NFL game. They have been thrown into refereeing because of a dispute on salary between the commissioner and the referees. It is not their fault. They were put into a bad situation. Is this the tipping point between the referees and the commissioner that will finally bring the real refs back? How much longer with the backups be allowed to ref games that people bet and invest money into? Not much longer… I hope.