There is no getting around what happened last night in the National Football League, absolutely nothing, and it was a travesty. There has never been a finish like this, there never should be, but thanks to commissioner Roger Goodell and Company, it did.
The Green Bay Packers were robbed last night of their second win of the season because of the replacement referees. In all my years of watching sports I have never been one to want to solely blame a loss on the ref’s, but it is hard to say different about the Monday Night Football game which took place last night.
The worst part about the whole situation is it takes away from one of the best defensive games I have seen in my 24 years. The Seattle Seahawks defense may be one of the best in football and the Packers defense sure is showing the world it is not a slouch either, but the thing of it is none of that matters because the night was defined by terrible calls, both ways.
From the defensive pass interference on defensive back Sam Shields that was clearly perfect coverage, to the questionable roughing the passer by linebacker Eric Walden, to the last call of the game we are watching the NFL brand go from Nike to generic . There is no way to disagree, there is no way after seeing the replay of defensive back M.D. Jennings coming down with the football, no not you Golden Tate, you can think the correct call was made, because it was not.
Another thing which can be taken away from the game last night is Tate is spineless. In the post-game interview when asked if he pushed Shields he stated, “I don’t know what you are talking about.”
That comment right there is unacceptable from a professional athlete. There is conclusive video evidence of Tate extending both arms and shoving Shields over, it cannot be argued in any way, shape or form, it happened.
Lets face the facts though, there is nothing more which can be done, so lets talk about what the Packers can control because there are positives and negatives to how the Packers played and the positives were the defense and the second half.
The Packers have shown their defense is capable of winning games for them after the performance last night. The youth on the defense has been something which has benefited them with strong play from defensive backs Casey Hayward and Jerron McMillian, defensive lineman Jerel Worthy and linebacker Nick Perry.
Shields may have played one of the best games of his career last night as he was constantly targeted, but rose to the challenge. Granted he was called for the pass interference, but we already know it was the wrong call. He was also shoved in the back on the last play, but was in the right position until so. Shields was flying around the field and making positive plays.
Next the offense, the first half was the worst football the Packers had played in about five years. The second half, was much better. It was nice to see the Packers have balance in the offense and actually use running back Cedric Benson. The offense will figure it out and it appears they may have been starting to click in the second half. Things will continue to be sorted out for the offense and they will be fine.
The Packers should have left Seattle 2-1, but instead they are 1-2 as the zebras are now the joke of the zoo, known as the NFL and Goodell is running a poor show.
About the Author
Written by Noah Hanstedt
Born and raised in the small town of Neenah, WI. Grew up watching Green Bay Packers football with my late father. Been writing about sports for 5 years now and hope to continue becoming a stronger writer and an even better man.