In The Red Zone: Monday Nite Madness and The Strike is Thankfully Over
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In The Red Zone
Monday night brought us everything this week from high hope to eight first half sacks, from comebacks to over one hundred total penalty yards, and Hail Marys to blown calls. As Green Bay faced off against Seattle in an NFC
showdown we got it all and then some. This game showcased two talented defenses that should have been the talk of the town but the final play of this game stole the show. Can replacement refs really change the outcome of a game and rupture the NFL product ?
The game recap displayed a defensive struggle that kept the fans on the edges of their seats. The first half sported Seattle with eight sacks and did not allow Aaron Rodgers to get into any kind of momentum. As the Seahawks still racked up over 50 penalty yards, their defense continued to come up big time forcing many 3 and outs for Green Bay. But the Packers defense managed to contain Marshawn Lynch. It was the Packers over commitment to the run that allowed Russell Wilson to connect with Golden Tate for a 41 yard strike off of a play-action pass. We went into the half with a 7-0 SeaHawk lead and both teams penalized over 50 yards each.
The Packer opened the second half with a long drive resulting in a field goal. A number of ensuing drives where marked with more false starts calls that killed each drive in it tracks. The Packers managed to put up another field goal so we closed the third quarter 7-6. We move through the fourth quarter with the Packers again inching their way into field goal range with another number of questionable penalties. Into the final minute we stand at 12-7 Green Bay in the lead and SeaHawks with one final chance to steal the game. They manage to get to the Packer 40 with almost no time left and 1 play to decide it all. This final play will be discussed for the balance of the season not on its merit but rather for the refs making the wrong call and the NFL having to stand by that call. We all know the final play by now, Tate and Jennings leap for the ball, both come down with it and the refs miss the interference, the pushing, the face masks, and God knows what else. Seattle walks away with the upset 14-12.
The only good thing to come from this game was the NFL and Refs came to an agreement and the Referees strike is over; a heartbeat away from the season and the NFL product being irreparably damaged, resulting from using inexperienced referees. The standing ovation the refs received in Baltimore on Thursday for the Ravens game is a testament the old adage that you never know what you have until it is gone. Welcome back Pro-Refs … we painfully missed you !!!