Legendary Packers player Willie Davis shocked by final ruling in Packers' loss
Matt Montgomery & The Associated Press
MILWAUKEE- Former Packers great and Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Davis believes the controversial final call in the Packers-Seahawks game Monday night was one of the worst calls he's ever seen.
Davis, 78, told Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Afternoon News with John Mercure" that he watched Monday's game in which the NFL upheld the Seahawks' 14-12 win over the Packers.
On the final play, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson heaved a 24-yard pass into a scrum in the end zone. Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate and Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings both got their hands on the ball, though the Packers insisted Jennings had clear possession for a game-ending interception.
"I don't think I've ever seen a game that had an ending to it the way that one did," said Davis. "The (NFL) needs to do something because (operating with replacement referees) is scary."
The NFL locked out the officials in June after their contract expired. Unable to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, the league opened the season with replacements, most with experience only in lower levels of college football.
"I know (Commissioner Roger) Goodell, I think for the most part he's done an incredible job," explained Davis. "He needs to get his arm around this thing."
Davis believes the league's inability to strike a deal with officials could ruin a great sport
"It could be destructive for all we fought for and made a great game."
Davis was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981 after collecting, what is believed to be, over 100 sacks during his career with the Packers from 1960-1969.