The Lockout Ends! 10 Worst NFL Referee Calls of 2012

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The Lockout Ends! 10 Worst NFL Referee Calls of 2012

The lockout has ended, but not before there were some miserable calls made this season. We're counting down the worst of 2012—and hoping that the bad flags stop here.

6. Golden Tate’s crack-back block goes unflagged, $21,000 fine follows

Thought you’d see Golden Tate later on this list, huh? Well, by no fault other than his own (and the refs, of course), Tate has somewhat become the poster boy of the Replacement Refs Era, starting off with this doozy of a sequence in Week 2. After a broken play leads to a scramble by Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, Tate unleashes a vicious blindsided crack-back block on Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee. Tate clearly launches on the defenseless player, so when the yellow flag hits the field, a foul called against the wide receiver is soon to follow right? Guess again. Tate, instead, goes unpenalized while Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter gets called for unnecessary roughness after lightly shoving Wilson out of bonds.

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