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Ed Reed critical of officials, Thursday night games

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Ravens free safety Ed Reed joined the chorus of critics of the replacement officials following the controversial ending to the Seattle Seahawks' win over the Green Bay Packers where Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate was awarded a touchdown.

The NFL has upheld the result, but did acknowledge that Tate should have been flagged for offensive pass interference.

"Actually, I went to sleep," Reed said. "I did wake up and see the review and see what everybody was ranting and raving about. Anytime a defensive back and a receiver come down like that, obviously the DB had the ball. Anytime they come down, it's like baseball, tie goes to the runner. They always call it for the offense. We all saw the guy had the ball.

"They should have called pass interference on Tate, but that's what's been going on with these refs. It's like Joe [Flacco] said, 'It's an integrity part about the game that they expect the players to uphold, protect the shield like they always tell us, but they don't protect the shield when it comes to the owners and everybody else getting money. It's not for the refs, it's not for the players. When I went through my thing in the offseason, everybody coming at my head, but I speak the truth."

Reed also said he's not a fan of Thursday night football.

The Ravens host the Cleveland Browns this Thursday at M&T Bank Stadium after playing a Sunday night game against the New England Patriots.

"I never liked it when the Thursday night game came out," Reed said. "It's all about money. Like I said, it's out of my hands."

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