NFL losing credibility with each blown call by replacement refs

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One official seems to be calling for a touchback after an interception while the other is signaling touchdown at the end of the Packers-Seahawks game. (Otto Greule Jr. / Getty Images / September 24, 2012)

Bill Plaschke

Hail Mary. Holy hell.

On the final play of the final game of one of the most shameful weekends in NFL history, a last-gasp pass from the Seattle Seahawks fell from the sky into the arms of the Green Bay Packers on Monday night.

Touchdown, Seattle. Chaos, NFL.

Three weeks of gross incompetence by unqualified replacement officials crystallized in two moments Monday night that pushed the league’s integrity to the brink.

In one moment, Packers safety M.D. Jennings clearly intercepted a final-play pass while falling upon Seahawks receiver Golden Tate in the end zone, preserving an apparent 12-7 Green Bay win.

In the next moment, the replacement officials ruled that Tate had made the catch, and upheld that ruling after replay review, giving the Seahawks a 14-12 victory.

Said Packers Coach Mike McCarthy: “I’ve never seen anything like that in all my years in football.”

Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman tweeted: “These games are a joke.”

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