NFL game call controversy drawing ire of coaches, fans
A last second pass thrown by the Seattle Seahawks' quarterback seems to be a Packers interception, but a Seahawks player has his arm around the ball, so the refs ruled a touchdown. And after review, that ruling was upheld drawing criticism and sarcas Video by fox4now.comvideo
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A last second pass thrown by the Seattle Seahawks' quarterback seems to be a Packers interception, but a Seahawks player has his arm around the ball, so the refs ruled a touchdown. And after review, that ruling was upheld drawing criticism and sarcasm
“Officials did a great job out there today,” says Packers player Greg Jennings, shaking his head.
But don't mention refs to the coach of the Packers.
"I know there's a fine line you have to walk, I'm not walking it,” says Packers head coach, Mike McCarthy “Don't ask me a question about officials... cut to the chase right there."
NFL games this season have been heavily scrutinized publicly, as the league is involved in a labor dispute with its officials and is using replacement officials in the games.
“I've been watching football all night live, and I've never seen one football game have 20 penalties in one game,” says one fan.
And a former referee we hear from says it's time to bring the pros back.
“ The integrity game can only protected by experienced people who know what they're doing,” says former NFL referee, Jim Tunney, “and control of game is vital, and we’re not seeing that today.”
Some Seahawks fans disagree
"Yeah, let's keep these replacement officials going man. I'm a big fan."
But with no end to the labor dispute in sight, more fans could be turning away.
“A game being decided by that is absolutely ridiculous,” says one former fan, “and I will not watch another N-F-L game or a Packer game, for that matter, because of this call."