Just when it looked like the Green Bay Packers had done enough to pull out a win, a bad call by the replacement officials turned a win into a loss.
Replacement officials have been making more than their share of bad calls for the first three weeks of the season, but until last night, they didn’t directly cost a team a game.
The poor calls and no calls were plentiful and the game was becoming unwatchable at times. The final play soon became unbearable for the Packers and their fans.
Russell Wilson’s Hail Mary heave into the left corner of the end zone appeared to have found the arms of Packers safety M.D. Jennings. But wide receiver Golden Tate who had committed one of the most obvious pass interference penalties just a second earlier, reached in and got a hand on the ball. That was enough for official Lance Easley to raise his hands above his head and signal touchdown.
It was a bad call, but the sad thing is instant replay didn’t correct it. Instead of flying home 2-1, the Packers are 1-2, returning to Green Bay to host New Orleans this Sunday at Lambeau Field.
The officials aren’t the only ones to blame. The Packers couldn’t do anything right in the first half. They passed it 27 times and ran it just 3 times. That allowed the Seahawks defense to put pressure on Aaron Rodgers, sacking him eight times in the first half.
Mike McCarthy eventually adjusted and went with a running attack in the second half. The Packers after trailing 7-0 half, scored all 12 of its points in the second half.
The Packers defense did it’s job, but once again, the offense is struggling to get things rolling. It’s not just one thing either.
The Packers will have to quickly turn things around and get ready to host winless New Orleans on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau Field.