In last night's Monday Night Football game between the Packers and the Seahawks, the final play was the deciding one as Russell Wilson hit Golden Tate on a Hail Mary to win it.
Or did he?
The question of whether or not Tate caught the ball is a moot point, as the NFL reviewed the tape, and they aren't going to take any action such as reversing the officials' decision and giving the win to the Packers. Nor should they.
The call on the field may have been correct, it may not have been. I don't know, I don't know the NFL rulebook. What I do know, is that play is incredibly rare, and it may never have happened before on a last second Hail Mary like that.
The play I'm talking about is a simultaneous catch between a receiver and a cornerback. I would imagine it's extremely difficult to come up with the correct ruling on the play, even if you had a perfect view. And getting the perfect view is a luxury for an official. Sometimes getting screened by moving bodies happens, and you can't always see what you need to see.
Yes, I know, Tate should have been called for offensive pass interference. If he had, none of this controversy would have happened. But he wasn't.
My point in all of this is that for once, we should lay off the replacement refs a little bit. That's a tough call for anyone, even the real officials. That kind of play almost never happens, and when it does, there's going to be an uproar from one side or the other. It's only because there are replacement officials that there's THIS much hubbub over the call. I think if they had called it an interception on the field, and then went to look at it, that would have stood, too.