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NFL 2012 Season — Week Four Recap

The New York Giants missed a chance to secure a divisional win, while Arizona and Atlanta each needed late field goals to remain unbeaten. Here's a recap of all of Sunday's action:

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Patriots vs Bills – Week 4 Preview

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills — 1 P.M.
Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, N.Y.

Consecutive, last-minute defeats to Arizona and Baltimore make this game extra important for New England (1-2).

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8 Strange Facts About Replacement Referees
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8 Not-So-Great Reasons to Remember the Replacement Refs

This weekend, finally, the real refs will be back on the sidelines, saving us from any further on-field debacles like the ending to last Monday Night's Packers-Seahawks game. For all the phantom pass-interference calls and overlong instant-replay reviews, certain moments are sure to stick out when, in future years, we look back on the first three weeks of the 2012 season and wonder just what the world happened.

Here are eight dubious ways for us all to remember the stand-ins responsible for imprinting the phrase "simultaneous catch" onto every football fan's brain:

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Baltimore Ravens Beat Cleveland Browns, 23-16, as NFL Officials Return

Cary Williams returned an interception 63 yards for a touchdown, and the Baltimore Ravens held on to defeat the Cleveland Browns, 23-16, in Baltimore on Thursday night.

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Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills Fans Brawl in Stands

We're pretty sure every NFL stadium has at least five fights during a game. The fights usually have little to do with what's going on on the field.

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NFL 2012 Week 4
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NFL 2012 Season — Week Four Preview

Bye weeks begin as the NFL enters its fourth week of the 2012 season. Here's a preview of all of this week's action:

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NFL, Refs Reach Tentative Agreement

The NFL and and the NFL Referees Association have agreed to a contract that will send referees back to the field this weekend, according to NFL.com.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement that the the refs will be back on the field starting with Thursday night's game between the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens

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Which Winless NFL Team Has the Best Chance at the Super Bowl? — Sports Survey of the Day

As we head into week number four in the NFL, two teams are still looking for win number one. So, which winless team has the best chance at the Lombardi Trophy?

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A Deal May Be Close…but in the Meantime – The 5 Worst Officiating Mistakes of the 2012 NFL Season

The latest rumor is that the NFL and replacement refs are close to a deal. As you know, the NFL has been to use high school referees as replacements while it negotiates with the actual referees' union, which has led to the occasional minor controversy. And while Monday's night's disastrous ending to the Packers-Seahawks game is probably the pinnacle (or nadir) of this sad saga, there were already plenty of questionable, puzzling and downright infuriating officiating decisions leading up to it.

Let's have a look, shall we?

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The 5 Most Questionable Calls in NFL History
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The 5 Most Questionable Calls in NFL History

By now, even non-football fans have heard about the officiating debacle in last night's showdown between the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks (just check your Facebook feed). Facing a 12-7 deficit with just seconds left to play, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson rolled out of the pocket and threw a desperation heave into the end zone, resulting in a game-clinching interception for the Packers.

Except it wasn't. Instead, the NFL's much-maligned replacement officials inexplicably ruled the play a touchdown for the Seahawks, ignoring an obvious offensive pass-interference penalty and cementing the phrase "simultaneous catch" into the lexicon of poor sports officiating.

This screw-up will, hopefully, lead to the return of the real refs—but let's not forget that they too have made their share of awful calls over the years. Here's a look at some of the NFL's most controversial officiating decisions:

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