SEATTLE (CBS Seattle/AP) — This is what it has come down to with the NFL replacement referees: “F*** it NFL.”
Replacement ref rage peaked Monday night thanks to Seattle’s Golden Tate, and a bizarre touchdown call that will be debated, questioned and re-ignite frustrations over the locked-out officials.
Tate pushed a Green Bay defender out of the way, wrestled another for the ball and was awarded a touchdown on the final play to give the Seahawks a 14-12 victory over the Packers.
The game wasn’t over for another 10 minutes after both teams went to their locker rooms and were summoned back to the field for the extra point. But that was just the cap to one of the most bizarre finishes in recent memory.
Packers’ players took their anger out on Twitter following the game, especially offensive lineman T.J. Lang, who will most likely get fined by the NFL.
“Got f***** by the refs.. Embarrassing. Thanks nfl,” Lang tweeted, later adding, “Fine me and use the money to pay the regular refs.”
Teammate Greg Jennings can only laugh about what happened.
“#NFL C’MON MAN! Can’t even be upset anymore. All I can do is laugh,” Jennings said on Twitter. “Laugh at the #NFL for allowing America’s game to come this. WOW!”
Defensive end C.J. Wilson said: “Can’t believe this .. Never seen anything like it.”
NBA superstar LeBron James even weighed in on the replacement ref matter over Twitter.
“These replacement refs gotta go man!! Packers just got game took from them,” James tweeted. “That’s clearly a (sic) interception.”
Golfer Bubba Watson used the Monday Night Football debacle to get football fans to watch the Ryder Cup this weekend.
“All (NFL) fans watch the Ryder Cup this week, we got no refs. #USA.”
The NFL Network is reporting the league will issue a statement regarding last night’s controversy.
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