U.S. football fans witnessed one of the sport’s most bizarre endings last night in the ‘Monday Night Football’ matchup between The Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.

With time expiring in the fourth quarter and the Seahawks trailing 12-7, quarterback Russell Wilson threw a desperate Hail Mary into the end zone. What resulted was one of the most improbable endings in the history of the game.

Although it appears that Green Bay defensive back M.D. Jennings catches the football, Seahawks receiver Golden Tate (who illegally pushes a defender out of the way before the ball falls) puts his hand on the ball. According to NFL rules, when it appears that two players have possession of the ball, the tie goes to the receiver.

For those who might be unaware, the real reason for the controversy isn’t necessarily the call, but those who made the call. The NFL has locked out the Referee Union this season due to ongoing contract disagreements. So the referees calling these games are substitutes, who receive far less training than normal refs.

The event caused an absolute social networking firestorm unlike any the sport ever has seen. Fans, including many players and celebrities (and President Obama), took the opportunity to voice their very vocal opinions, some of which you can see below:


What’s your take? – Refresh your memory with a video of the incident below: