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NFL’s TV partners didn’t hold back on the refs

The replacement officials’ bungling of the final play of the Seahawks’ 14-12 victory over the Packers Monday night was so impossibly incompetent that there was a brief moment when it almost felt like performance art, some sort of bizarre cross-sport homage to Leslie Nielsen’s portrayal of an enthusiastic but distracted umpire in the 1988 comedy, “The Naked Gun.’’

While the call was a joke by at least one definition, it was no laughing matter, something that was emphasized in the serious and smart postgame coverage of the debacle on ESPN and the NFL Network.

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