EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The NFL kicked off the season with replacement referees and, for the most part, nothing seemed different.
Jim Core of Boise and his seven-man crew seemingly didnt make any blunders, although there were a couple of calls that both teams questioned.
Of course, thats no different than with the regular crews. Officials are questioned every game about calls and this one was no different.
Cores performance was good. He never stumbled explaining any play in addressing the crowd and he was absolutely correct in calling Cowboys tackle Jason Hatcher for a blow to the head against Eli Manning in the fourth quarter.
Most of the penalties went against Dallas, which was whistled 13 times for 86 yards. The Giants were called for four penalties for 33 yards.
No problems, just as weve been saying all along, NFL executive Ray Anderson said at halftime of the officiating.
None of the replacement officials had more than nine years experience and only one member has worked Division I college games. The rest have handled lower divisions and other leagues.
I would love to have the best officials on the field, but I have to look at this long-term, Commissioner Roger Goodell said when asked Wednesday afternoon about the impasse with regular officials during an hour-long forum with fans from all 32 teams.