Mob mentality can be a funny thing. We know that these officials aren’t as good as the ones being locked out, and we predicted going into the season that it would be a problem. Because of that expectation the debacle that has been the league’s officiating situation has been an easy story to write. The players and coaches have bought in to what the fans and media were anticipating and have changed the way that they’ve played the games and the way that they’ve treated these officials, thus perpetuating the problem. And all along we waited for a call to come along that would change the outcome of the game. Last night it appeared that we had it, and since the final play of Seattle’s win against the Packers everyone has taken the officials to task. But were they really wrong, or are we just too accepting of what the media has sensationalized?
From the NFL Rule Book:
I think the referees got it right. At the very least, it’s close enough that whatever was called on the field should stand. Even if they didn’t it’s sure a lot closer than the “media mob” seems to be suggesting. Bottom line, it’s certainly not the worst call I ever saw.