The inconsistency and indecision of the far less experienced crews came to a crescendo with the series of missed calls that allowed the Seattle Seahawks to steal a 14-12 home victory.

There were two chances for the officials to make the correct game-ending ruling, that Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings intercepted rookie quarterback Russell Wilson's last-gasp fourth-down passing attempt in the end zone.

Instead, two officials did conflicting gestures with their raised hands, and somehow gave Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate his second touchdown of the game on a ball that was clearly in the chest of Jennings.

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Chris Burke, SI.com:

Who knows what was going through Roger Goodell's head on Monday night as he fiddled while the integrity of his league burned to the ground. There can be no more denying the undeniable: The presence of replacement officials has significantly impacted the NFL's product on the field.

Until this debacle between the Packers and Seahawks, the replacement officials were a nuisance, a punch line. They had not, aside from some randomly incorrect calls here and there, directly impacted a game's outcome.

And then Monday's final play happened.

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Steve Kelley, Seattle Times:

How amazing was the Hail Mary that Russell Wilson threw to Golden Tate that gave the Seahawks the most unlikely win in their history?

It was so good it just might have ended the lockout, might have signaled the end of the replacement officials, might have finally brought sanity back to the NFL.

Because as great as this win was for Seattle, as deliciously improbable as it was, as dramatic as this Monday Night classic became, the final play was a huge embarrassment for the league.

And the controversy from this last play will linger for weeks.

This is what happens when amateurs are asked to call a professional game. This is the result of the deal with the devil the NFL made. This is what happens when the league is more concerned with winning a labor dispute than it is with maintaining the integrity of its product.

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Tom Silverstein, Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal:

The play that the Green Bay Packers didn't make - or absolutely did, if you ask them - probably will have huge ramifications around the National Football League.

If the league wasn't motivated to review its decision to lock out its officials after the final play of the Packers' 14-12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, then it needs to do so soon for the sake of its fan base, who through social media Monday night lambasted the replacement officials for their interpretation of the game's final play.

But for the Packers, it was a devastating blow for a team that grinded through 59 minutes, 52 seconds of smash-mouth football on the way back from a 7-0 deficit and forced the Seahawks to go 24 yards for a game-winning touchdown on the final play of the game.

If the Packers miss the playoffs by a single game, they'll undoubtedly wonder whether their fate was decided at CenturyLink Stadium Monday night and whether it was their own doing or someone else's.

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