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Green Bay Packers fans still coping with replacement ref rage

  • By Associated Press
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Referee Jeff Triplette struck a triumphant tone before Sunday's New Orleans Saints-Green Bay Packers game at Lambeau Field, announcing during the pregame coin toss that "it's great to be back, gentlemen!"

With the NFL's regular referees back on the job, Packers players are ready to move on from a call that cost them a win at Seattle. Their fans didn't quite seem to be ready yet.

Some fans showed up Sunday intending to voice their displeasure with replacement officials whose decision to allow a last-second Seahawks touchdown cost the Packers the win Monday night.

"Worst Call Ever," read one fan's shirt. A sign in the stands welcomed back the regular officials, and a handful of fans wore black and white striped shirts.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers shared a laugh with one of the regular officials before the game.

The honeymoon didn't last long, though. Fans howled for an offensive pass-interference call after Drew Brees threw a 20-yard touchdown pass to Marques Colston late in the first quarter, but no flag was forthcoming.

The boos intensified as a replay was shown on the stadium video boards -- a sign, in many ways, that things were back to normal in the NFL.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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