Last Monday’s Seahawks-Packers result sparked the end of the league’s lockout of its officials.
Now they can only hope it doesn’t spark a riot.
Asked if he feared the Packers losing a game they shouldn’t will impact the playoffs, NFL executive vice president of operations Ray Anderson chose to whistle right on past that particular graveyard.
“We are not overly concerned,” Anderson said, via Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “That was the third week of the season. We have 13 more weeks to go. There are a lot of things that impact how teams do overall, including their own performances. We will let that natural laws of the NFL take care of themselves and we’ll see where we are at the end of the year.
“We hope the whole thing is behind us now because we played with the regular officials on Thursday night and did a good job. Part of our message to this group was we are delighted to have them back and we’re excited about this weekend’s slate of games so we can get back to pure football.”
Translated, that means: “Please, please, please, pretty please don’t let that game be the difference in a playoff berth.”
All the league can do at this point is hope. They gambled that replacement officials wouldn’t have a material impact on the standings. They lost.