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Top failed calls this season

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Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson and Green Bay Packers Clay Matthews (52) watch as an official makes a call during the game against the Seattle Seahawks in the second half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 24, 2012, in Seattle.

The NFL-imposed lockout of referees has sparked a storm of vitriol and outrage from coaches and fans. To mark the latest officiating catastrophe in Green Bay, we have compiled a list of five top failed calls this season. Here are some of the most blatant misses of the 2012 season.

    • 5.

      Sunday night’s game between the Patriots and Ravens was a comedy of errors that got very few laughs, featuring a staggering 24 penalty calls.

      The game ended with a 31-30 Ravens victory on a field goal that just barely seemed to be good. Patriots coach Bill Belichick ran — who knew he could move that fast — after an official and grabbed his arm to find out if the play would be reviewed. He didn’t get an answer and will in all likelihood be fined for touching the referee.

    • 4.

      The Arizona Cardinals managed to beat Seattle 20-16, even though the replacement refs gave the Seahawks an extra timeout. The right team won, but now it seems the blown call was just foreshadowing something much worse.

    • 3.

      Tennessee received an extra 27 yards Sunday against the Lions when officials incorrectly placed the ball after a reviewed play. The referees marched from the Detroit 44 yard line instead of from Tennessee’s 44 yard line. Tennessee eventually won 44-41 in overtime.

    • 2.

      San Francisco 49ers coach John Harbaugh was mistakenly allowed to challenge two calls against the Vikings Sunday, even though he had no more timeouts. San Francisco ultimately lost the contest 24-13, but the error showed a disturbing confusion of the rules.

    • 1.

      The latest blown call handed a 14-12 victory over Green Bay to the Seattle Seahawks Monday night after officials incorrectly gave the Seahawks possession of the football on a Hail Mary pass. Replays seemed to show that Green Bay had possession of the football while the Seahawks desperately grabbed on. The outrage that immediately followed the game promises to make the play the most talked about of the week among football fans.

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    1. Patriots coach Bill Belichick ran...after an official and grabbed his arm to find out-- if the play would be reviewed."

      Belichick as got to go. I has always astounded me the level of nonsense he has been able to get away with. The man was caught red-handed cheating and never missed a minute on the field, while a player had consensual sex in inappropriate location and is suspended for several games. Players will be fined if they hit their opponents to hard, but Bilichick can assault and official and get away with it.

    2. This non stop cavalcade of bad calls in NFL games must stop. Disclaimer: I am a Packers fan. Stevie Wonder could have made the call better than these "officials" did. The point I am going to make is this: continued horrific officiating is going to effect sports betting in this town. I refuse to bet on games where I go in against the point spread, and now I have to worry about blown call after blown call. I will stick to NCAA football, where at least the officials have a clue about the simple rules of the game. The boss of the NFL should declare this season an exhibition, all bets off, or resign.