In the immediate aftermath of the game, I was somewhat surprised at the number of posters who stated they felt sick, guilty or apologetic about "The Catch."
Bad calls are a part of any sport and I think tend to balance out over time. I'm sure that fans of any team can recite a litany of egregious calls over the years that cost their team a critical win. (As a Seattle sports fan, I can remember our fair share.) I used to rage against the horrible or "biased" refs. Of course, I still feel anger and disgust when horrible calls cost our team a game. But now I also feel irritation with the team for putting themselves in a position where a bad call or two can decide a game. Take care of business. Get that critical defensive stop. Make your free throws. Much of my blame now goes to the team who was the "victim" of the call. While I can certainly understand Green Bay fans' anger and frustration (I would feel the same), Green Bay put themselves in this position. Protect your quarterback in the first half. Get that last first down you need to ice the game. Knock down the ball instead of trying for the INT.
Look, I would have rather beat Green Bay without the controversy so we could talk about the game on its merits. And this is not a win I will be gloating about. But personally, I'm happy that someone stepped up to make a play. That the defense throttled Green Bay one last time. That Wilson connected on that 20 yard strike to Rice. And that Golden Tate put forth a supreme effort to force the refs to make a difficult call. For once (it seems) one of the calls went our way. That's sports, replacement refs or not. And I'll take it, guilt-free.