The dramatic ending of Monday night’s game between Seattle and Green Bay didn’t involve the NFC South.
But the decision by replacement referees to award Seattle receiver Golden Tate a controversial touchdown is drawing some very strong reaction from some prominent NFC South players.
“It’s ridiculous,’’ Atlanta tight end Tony Gonzalez told ESPN Playbook. “The call is absolutely wrong. I tweeted last night that a Pop Warner referee would have gotten that call right. It’s almost mind-boggling. I can’t believe you would miss something like that. On a greater scale, hopefully it pushes us toward progress. They say in politics and in life, disasters like this are needed in order to push it in the right direction.
“Hopefully, this is the wake-up call to get this on the right track. That’s ridiculous. The NFL has worked too hard. I’ve worked too hard. It’s an embarrassment to all of us. Not just to the two teams and the refs. We all represent the shield. We all work for that shield. It’s time to get us back on track.”
“I love this league and love the game of football, but tonight’s debacle hurts me greatly,’’ Brees tweeted. “This is NOT the league we’re supposed to represent.’’
Brees also took a jab at the NFL, which has been taking jabs at the Saints throughout the bounty drama.
“Ironic that our league punishes those based on conduct detrimental. Whose CONDUCT is DETRIMENTAL now?’’