not just the game last night:
there's why bellicheck was grabbing the ref. he wanted a review of the field goal, but apparently if a field goal is considered good by the ref it cannot be reviewed.
two teams given a loss because of replacement refs.
as for the "what would happen if this was the giants?"
it would be fixed today. mara is goodell's master and speaks with more authority than any other owner. i cannot stand him.
I think you're wrong about this one. The rule regarding the field goal that goes over the uprights, according to Bob Costas and Al Michaels after the game, is that if ANY part of the ball crosses over ANY part of the goal post, it's considered good. So a ball that, were it 5 feet lower would just kiss the outside of the goal posts and deflect away, is considered good when it goes over the goalposts. There was not a single camera angle that showed definitively that the ball was completely wide of the post, and I actually think they got that one right. The calls they made for the 10 minutes leading up to that??? Not so much.
And last night's game was pretty much a joke for 60 minutes, with the final play just being a nice cherry on top.
The only thing I will say "in defense" of the refs regarding the last play is that it was going to be a controversy no matter which way they called it. That is a lose-lose situation for them (and would have been for the regular refs as well) The nature of that play is that there isn't really a definitive answer, and if they called it an interception, a lot of people would still be railing on them.
All that said, I think these last couple of weekends are proving that they desperately need the real refs back. (But lets not kid ourselves too much ... they stink too!)