SAN DIEGO - Social media erupted Monday night after the Seattle Seahawks' rookie quarterback lofted a controversial touchdown pass to the end zone as time ran out, giving the Seahawks a wild win over the Green Bay Packers.
Tate came down with his arms wrapped around the ball, as did Packers defender M.D. Jennings. One official appeared to signal interception and the other touchdown, before they settled on calling a touchdown. The play was reviewed, and the Seahawks were awarded a touchdown and the win.
Suddenly, NFL fans around the nation took their frustrations regarding the replacement refs to social media.
"That has got to be one of the craziest calls we've seen this season! Daaaaaang!" @djDwin tweeted.
"This replacement ref thing is totally working out and not negatively impacting the season at all. #Sarcasm," @Toure said.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, one of the most intimidating guys in the league - who actually did get away with murder, actually stared at a referee during the Sunday night game until he changed his call.
Many believe the replacement referees have impacted the outcomes of games and have turned the NFL upside down. Legendary Patriots coach Bill Belichick was so upset after his last loss that he grabbed a ref - he could be fined thousands.
The NFL and the refs are $3.3 million apart on their contract dispute, but many NFL fans pleaded Monday night for the league to come to an agreement and get the real referees back on the field.
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