MILWAUKEE -- Moving forward is easier said than done for many Green Bay Packers' players and fans who had their hearts broken following Monday night's game in Seattle. However, there was a bit of a light at the end of the tunnel Wednesday, September 26th, as some sources reported the ongoing lockout between the NFL and referees could soon come to an end.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a pass into the end zone. Several players, including Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate and Green Bay safety M.D. Jennings, jumped into the air in an attempt to catch the ball.
While the ball is in the air, Tate can be seen shoving Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields to the ground. This should have been a penalty for offensive pass interference, which would have ended the game. It was not called and is not reviewable in instant replay.
When the players hit the ground in the end zone, the officials determined that both Tate and Jennings had possession of the ball. Under the rule for simultaneous catch, the ball belongs to Tate, the offensive player. The result of the play was a touchdown.
Replay Official Howard Slavin stopped the game for an instant replay review. The aspects of the play that were reviewable included if the ball hit the ground and who had possession of the ball. In the end zone, a ruling of a simultaneous catch is reviewable. That is not the case in the field of play, only in the end zone.
Referee Wayne Elliott determined that no indisputable visual evidence existed to overturn the call on the field, and as a result, the on-field ruling of touchdown stood.
Seattle beat Green Bay 14-12.
The NFL said Monday its decision is final.
At 540 ESPN Milwaukee studios Wednesday, the catch and the Packers' loss could not be bumped from the airwaves.
FOX6's Jen Lada joined host Drew Olson for his daily talk radio show -- two days after the call that cost the Packers' the game. Callers to the show didn't seem to have cooled down.
"I'm going to go as simultaneous possession for Halloween this year. I haven't figured out how but..." Jen Lada said.
Many expressed their frustration with the replacement referees -- referees brought in by the NFL to handle officiating during the ongoing lockout. Some said they were happy to hear the news that the lockout may soon be over.
"They knew they were going to get the bottom of the barrel officials," one caller said.
"Glad to hear the news they are going to do what they should have done in the first place," another caller said.
On Olson's show, callers were still plotting ways to get revenge Wednesday.
"I am not turning on a game to watch the NFL. I will steal it from the internet," one caller said.
"I think no one should bet on the games," another caller said.
Still up for debate was how good the regular refs will be if and when they return to the field.
"I don't understand because now the NFL is supposed to send out a press release every time the regular officials screw up a game. Because get what. NEWS FLASH! They are going to," Lada said.
"We all realize there is going to be mistakes done by the regular referees, but they are going to follow the proper procedures. They are not going to look at each other like deer in headlights," one caller said.
Rumors were still flying Wednesday evening as to if and when a deal could occur between the league and the referees' union.
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