This has got to be one of the worst calls in NFL officiating history:
Clearly Jennings had control of the ball against his chest with both arms wrapped around it, but Tate only his hand on it. By the rules, Jennings had possession for the interception. In what universe does having your hand on the ball constitute possession for a touchdown? Apparently in whatever la la land that psuedo official come from.
Now, I’m not a Green Bay or a Seattle fan. I don’t care who won the game. But, I do care about the integrity of the game. After watching the last three weeks, it’s clear that football in the NFL so far this year has NO integrity. Normally I’m glued to the games on Monday nights, but I didn’t watch one minute of last night’s game because I saw enough officiating buffoonery on Sunday.
Bill Plaschke at the LA Times called it right in his insightful article NFL losing credibility with each blown call by replacement refs. NFL history is indeed being made, but not in a positive sense. For example as Plaschke points out, 16 of 20 challenges have been successful – 80%! Also, he notes:
OK, real quick, I’ve got a third-favorite statistic from last weekend. There were 13 penalty first downs in the game between the Patriots and the Ravens, which is only the most in the history of the NFL.
This has gone far enough. I love football, but I’m pretty much done watching this year until the NFL gets rid of the Pee Wee league officiating.