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NFL: Seahawks-Packers game result is final
Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate celebrates his winning touchdown after a controversial call made by the NFL's less-than-stellar replacement refs.
Seattle Seahawks receiver Golden Tate celebrates his winning touchdown after a controversial call made by the NFL's less-than-stellar replacement refs.
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he NFL Officiating Department issued a statement Tuesday supporting the decision by referees during Monday night's game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers not to overturn the bad call that gave the Seahawks a game-winning touchdown. The call underscored the ongoing problem of the NFL's referee lockout, which has left inexperienced replacement refs in charge of games. "The result of the game is final," said the NFL in statement. The league admits that Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate — who can be seen on video shoving Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields to the ground — should have been given "a penalty for offensive pass interference, which would have ended the game." But unfortunately for the Packers, "it was not called and is not reviewable in instant replay." Instead Tate was given a touchdown, after officials determined that he and Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings both had possession of the ball in the end zone, but since Tate was the offensive player, the ball belonged to him. Most viewers agree that Jennings actually intercepted the pass.

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