Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) holds on to the game-winning touchdown as time expires against the Green Bay Packers at CenturyLink Field. Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Charly Martin (14) and Green Bay Packers cornerback Jarrett Bush (24) and Green Bay Packers strong safety M.D. Jennings (43) look for an officials call. (image credit Joe Nicholson-US PRESSWIRE)
Seattle, WA (USA Today) -- As one would imagine, reaction to the final play of the Seahawks-Packers game on Monday Night Football threatened to blow up the Internet.
By now, everyone knows what happened. On the play, Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a Hail Mary to the end zone. Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings appeared to come down with an interception, but Seahawks receiver Golden Tate snatched the ball away.
A sampling of the reaction on Twitter:
USA TODAY Sports reporter Robert Klemko (@RobertKlemko): "Time to meet the refs' demands. I don't care if they want 67 copies of Moby Dick, and naked pictures of Bea Arthur. Give it to em. #Airheads"
USA TODAY Sports NFL Editor Kevin Manahan (@KevinCManahan): "The crazy thing: these guys were actually officiating games somewhere else before the NFL hired them. #nfldisgrace"
ESPN and Grantland writer Bill Simmons (@sportsguy33): "Mike McCarthy should have run back out on the field naked from the waist down."
Green Bay Packers guard T.J. Lang (@TJLang70): "Got f***** by the refs.. Embarrassing. Thanks nfl"
ESPN columnist Michael Wilbon (@RealMikeWilbon): What robbery...what a fraud the NFL just perpatrated on the Green Bay Packers."
Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (@JermichaelF88): Come on @NFL this s*** is getting out of Control. Caused us a DAMN game. Horrible!"
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (@drewbrees): "I love this league and love the game of football, but tonight's debacle hurts me greatly. This is NOT the league we're supposed to represent"
Houston Texans running back Derrick Ward (@DerrickWard32): "And that is exactly y these replacement ref's should be replaced themselves ASAP!!!"
Arizona Cardinals defensive back Patrick Peterson (@RealPeterson21): "Com'on can we please get the real refs back. Destroying the game that we all grew to love. WOW!!!!!"
National Post columnist Bruce Arthur: (@bruce_arthur): "Luckily, nobody gambles on these games."
Washington Post blogger Cindy Boren (@CindyBoren): "Again...I never knew it was possible to miss another human being as much as I miss Ed Hochuli."
Dallas Morning News reporter Clarence Hill (@clarencehilljr): "If im the real refs..i go Randy Moss on the NFL now in regotiations..#Straight cash homey"
ESPN analyst Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR): "Did the ref have Golden Tate in fantasy? #itsnotoutofthequestion"
Houston Texans running back Arian Foster (@ArianFoster): "Drama. Great for business. Godspeed, Ed Hochuli."
ESPN soccer analyst Julie Foudy (@JulieFoudy): "I may put in my resume to ref NFL games. Futbol, football. Come on, no difference right now."
Radio host Jim Rome (@jimrome): "What a disaster. 100x worse than last Monday night."
Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams (@DeAngeloRB): Well we knew this was bound to happen but on Monday night football? Come on the replacement zebras aren't fit for this zoo! Lol"
Minnesota Vikings punter Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft): "Just saw that catch. S*** just got real for Roger and the replacements."
Miami Dolphins running back Reggie Bush (@reggie_bush): Refs single handedly blew this one..."
Golfer Bubba Watson (@bubbawatson): "All @nfl fans watch the Ryder Cup this week, we got no refs. #USA"
Miami Heat forward LeBron James (@KingJames): "I simply just LOVE the NFL to much to see these mistakes. I'm sick like I just played for the Packers"
Louisville Courier-Journal reporter Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_CJ): "As a person who loves football, I'm legitimately angry tonight. But imagine the gamblers. Oh, my."
ESPN analyst Damien Woody (@damienwoody): "Was this game a Buffalo Wild Wing commercial?!?! #MNF"
New York Post reporter Steve Serby (@NYPost_Serby): "Those refs should be forced to line up in victory formation against Greg Schiano's Buccaneers"
ESPN columnist Gene Wojciechowski (@GenoESPN): "If this loss ends up costing Packers a playoff spot, I don't ever want to hear the league lecture players about the integrity of the NFL."
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (@mcuban): "I would love to see what my reaction would be if a Mavs game ended like #MNF. #Expensive #NBAtime"
Just in case you've hiding under a rock for the past few hours, here's the final play in question:
Reaction among the Packers was varied in its vulgarity (see a couple player tweets above) and class. The team, however, was united in its displeasure (to say the very least) with the call.
"It was awful. Just look at the replay. And then the fact that it was reviewed, it was awful," quarterback Aaron Rodgers succinctly summed in up. "That's all I'm going to say about it."
Here is Rogers after the game:
Packers coach Mike McCarthy was equally concise. "Don't ask me a question about the officials," he said. "I've never seen anything like that in all my years in football.
Here is McCarthy's entire postgame press conference.