(Reuters) - The Seattle Seahawks were awarded a controversial final-play touchdown to edge a shellshocked Green Bay Packers 14-12 on Monday as the NFL's replacement officials were again thrust into the spotlight over a contentious call.
Trailing 12-7 with seconds on the clock, the Seahawks were facing a fourth down on the Packers' 24-yard line when rookie quarterback Russell Wilson heaved a 'Hail Mary' pass into the endzone that was caught simultaneously by Green Bay's M.D. Jennings and Seahawks receiver Golden Tate.
Jennings appeared to have established possession of the ball but the referees deemed it a touchdown for Tate and upheld the ruling after reviewing an instant replay.
The play was the latest questionable decision made by the replacement referees this season and will fuel the debate over what has been perceived by many as a litany of poor performances.
The conclusion of the game was delayed for several minutes as the Packers (1-2) had already left the field but were forced to return for the final extra point conversion attempt.
As Green Bay continued to look aggrieved, the Seahawks and their home fans were celebrating wildly as they improved their record to 2-1 on the season.
(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by John O'Brien)
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