An already controversial weekend for replacement referees was capped off last night in Seattle, where the Seahawks seemingly stole one from the Packers, beating Green Bay 14-to-12. Golden Tate was ruled to have come down with a Hail Mary pass in the back of the end zone on the final play of regulation to give Seattle the victory. The Green Bay defender looked to have the ball clutched to his chest with Tate having just his arms on the ball while lying underneath the Packer cornerback. Two of the replacement officials raced over to the pile of players to make the call, but one signaled interception while the other signaled for a touchdown. The play was then ruled a touchdown, and video replay did not overturn the call despite the defender seeming to have control of the ball.
The loss gives Green Bay the same record as the Lions, both now 1-and-2. Detroit coach Jim Schwartz, meanwhile, declined yesterday to give an injury update on quarterback Matthew Stafford, who strained his upper right leg and had to leave Sunday’s loss at Tennessee late in the fourth quarter.
Game 4 for the Lions is Sunday at home against the Vikings, who are 2-and-1 after an upset win over the 49’ers.