While the ball is in the air, Tate can be seen shoving Green Bay cornerback Sam Shields to the ground. This should have been a penalty for offensive pass interference, which would have ended the game. It was not called and is not reviewable in instant replay. (at least they give us this)
Referee Wayne Elliott determined that no indisputable visual evidence existed to overturn the call on the field, and as a result, the on-field ruling of touchdown stood. The NFL Officiating Department reviewed the video today and supports the decision not to overturn the on-field ruling following the instant replay review.
The result of the game is final.
Admitedly when I first read the NFL's official stance on the Monday Night Sh*tshow in Seattle I was angry. I was insulted that they'd think NFL fans, not to mention Hall of Fame players and other veteran referees, would just accept that the call was right, and the other 99% of people who saw it as an interception were wrong. But then, as a fellow liar, I almost had to respect Goodell's stance. Stockholm Syndrome like you read about. Reminded me very vividly of the above Seinfeld episode where Costanza takes Susan's parents to his fictional house in the Hamptons. 'And I have horses.' 'Really what are their names.' '....Snoopy and Prickly Pete.' So if you picture Roger Goodell as Vince McMahon typing this thing out with Gerald Brisco and Pat Patterson sitting around him it actually becomes pretty funny. Not 'ha ha' funny but 'I don't feel like murdering a replacement official anymore' funny. Big difference.
As a sidenote how about that story just taking over national news yesterday? Like you knew it would dominate sports talk radio and Sportscenter, PTI and whatever else, but it was on Good Morning America, NBC nightly news, The View (I heard...I definitely don't DVR that show....ever), and basically any other 'news' oriented program. Just bonkers. Like if you had dirty laundry to air, yesterday was the day to do it because it would get buried. So if Mitt has any unsavory photos of him sipping a Zima or Obama is hiding jobs under his bed, yesterday was the day to release that. Or if either wanted to win Wisconsin just get the decision reversed. Bingo bango swing state is yours.
PS: How about the tidbit that broke yesterday that the Lingerie Football League actually FIRED some of the officials working NFL games now. LFL commissioner Mitchell Mortaza said they were fired for, and I quote, 'on field incompetant officiating.' So to paraphrase, the LFL looked at these guys and said 'pffft, we've got a reputation to uphold.' Let's get nuts!
Double PS: Maybe this video is more appopriate after reading the 'official statement.'