NFL: League Stands by Controversial MNF Call

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The NFL is standing behind the decisions of their replacement officials in Monday night’s Packers-Seahawks game, according to an official statement issued by the league Tuesday.

Going right into explaining the play that has gotten national attention, the league notes that officials missed an offensive pass interference call that could have ended the game. However, a penalty is not reviewable in instant replay.

What was reviewable is who came down with possession of the ball in the end zone, since officials called the play a simultaneous catch. According to the rulebook, the offensive player wins the tie.

Green Bay safety looked to have come down with possession of the ball, but Seattle wide receiver Golden Tate was given the touchdown.

Because the play was ruled a touchdown on the field, however, the league notes that no “indisputable visual evidence existed to overturn the call … The NFL Officiating Department reviewed the video today and supports the decision not to overturn the on-field ruling following the instant replay review. ”

The league notes that the result of the game is final. The play has received national attention as a sign of how the replacement officials are seemingly unqualified for refereeing professional games.

A lockout remains in place for the leagues usual referees, who are bargaining with the league for better benefits, among other things.

Read the full statement here

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