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Packers, Seahawks Monday Night debacle all the reason to bring back the regular refs

Rhone-Dunn (right) waves his hands, believing the result

Rhone-Dunn (right) waves his hands, believing the result of the play to be an interception. But Easley (left) signals touchdown, which overrides Rhone-Dunn's call, ruling simultaneous possession. If there is simultaneous possession, the ball goes to the offensive player. Credit: AP

If the Jets are indeed a "circus," what does that make the NFL's debacle over referees?

In last night's Monday Night Football game between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, the replacement refs finally had an impact on the outcome of the game.

In the last play of the game, with the Packers leading 12-7, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson took the snap from within the red zone, evaded Green Bay's three-man rush and launched a jump ball into the end zone.

What happened next is where the debate comes in. It appeared to the naked eye that Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings came down with the ball. But Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate may or may not have also gotten a hand on the ball. Two officials approached the scrum, looking confused. One signaled touchdown, the other signaled touchback.

But what both refs missed was the blatant offensive pass interference, which is non-reviewable, on Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate. Had a flag been thrown right there, the game would've been over, and the Packers would've walked away with a win.

Upon further review, the "ruling on the field" was upheld. But, wait, weren't there two rulings?

Did the Packers get jobbed by the call? Take a look for yourself, if you haven't seen it already.

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