For those of us 12s who've been around long enough (most I'm sure), the name Phil Luckett is the ultimate reference for botched officiating (NY Jets 1998). So, it now comes as no surprise that there were problems last night.
Quoting from the Shutdown Corner article linked:
"In a murderous bit of irony, the officiating supervisor was Phil Luckett, the man who decided that New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde's helmet crossing the plane of the end zone was an acceptable alternative to the ball doing so in a 32-31 win over the Seahawks in 1998. The Seattle loss kept Seattle out of the playoffs, led to the firing of then-head coach Dennis Erickson, and led to the re-instatement of instant replay.
It was Luckett who monitored the officiating throughout this game."
How in the world did the NFL let that happen? Seriously, it's bad enough to have underqualified refs making decisions, but it's a whole new level of incompetence to allow a man with his history with the 'Hawks. In his SI write-up Peter King wonders what the advice Luckett gave the on-field ref - well I can imagine: "Hey, you know what, I've been waiting for this chance for a long time, I really owe Seattle one, so let them have it!" Ughhh!!!!