The Replacement Referees Cost The Green Bay Packers A First-Round Bye - Business Insider Green Bay could have handled it themselves on sunday and received the Bye Week with a win over the Vikings but failed to do so....but looking back to the worst call of the 2012 NFL season,A Packer fan can look back at the infamous game in which the boneheaded call cost them that game and eventually the Bye Week months later. There are trickle down effects from those games with the replacement refs...I don't think the Seahawks would have been any lower in seeding than they are right now if the lost that game like they should have because in a 3 way tie at 10-6 they would have won the tiebreaker over Minnesota and Chicago who they beat earlier. One could say that if the replacement refs weren't in the Pats Ravens game when they called that FG good,(which it wasn't to most of us) it would have eventually sent the Pats to the top seed. Anyone else remember games that were screwed up at the end of those games that might have made a difference in the playoff picture if the regular refs were in uniform during those weeks? To summarize it all,no one thinks about those weeks of circus acts of those referees and teams should have won games the past recent month to get them to where they wanted to be,but nevertheless some calls back then influenced the final regular season records of a few teams when it was all said and done.