10 Sloppiest NFL Games of 2012

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10 Sloppiest NFL Games of 2012

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Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to the National Football League, there is no higher level of professionalism. The most skilled and athletic players in the world go to 32 teams that are coached by some of the best and most knowledgeable coaches out there.

With this kind of professionalism and talent in one league, people expect to see games played by the best players with few mistakes and hold these players to a top level.

For the most part, this is exactly what people get when they watch an NFL game. Competition is extremely high and the game is played to a high standard. However, this has not always been the case this season.

Take a look at the start of the 2012 season. The replacement refs were doing a horrific job calling these games and many of these missed calls changed the outcome of these match-ups. For a league with such a high reputation, the rules should be held by the most experienced refs.

As the season moved on and the regular refs returned there are still incidences were a team that should be playing at a professional level looked more like a college team. There have been many games that were not clean and were difficult to watch based on how sloppy the play was.

Teams like the New York Jets have been guilty of this on more than one occasion this season.

Taking a look at the few games that were changed based on a replacement ref and how a team performed on their own, here are the 10 sloppiest games of the 2012 NFL season:

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Tennessee Titans vs Detroit Lions

Tennessee
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The replacement refs made a call that gave Tennessee a 27-yard personal foul penalty instead of 15-yards that set them up for a game winning field goal against the Detroit Lions.

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New York Jets vs Arizona Cardinals

Jets
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets totaled five turnovers in a sloppy low scoring game that led to a six to seven win for the Jets.

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Atlanta Falcons vs Denver Broncos

Falcons
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The Monday Night game featuring the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons endured a six minute delay by the replacement refs as they tried to figure out who recovered a fumble. This was a sloppy game do to the poor referring by the replacements.

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New York Jets vs San Francisco 49ers

Jets
Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets turned the ball over four times including three fumbles that led a San Francisco 49ers blowout win.

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Arizona Cardinals vs Seattle Seahawks

Cardinals
Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks made the Arizona Cardinals look like a Canadian football team forcing eight turnovers in a 58-0 win.

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New York Jets vs New England Patriots

Jets
Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

The game between the New England Patriots and New York Jets combined for a total of 6 turnovers.

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Tennessee Titans vs New York Jets

Titans
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Jets turned the ball over five times to the Tennessee Titans in a 10-14 loss.

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Philadelphia Eagles vs Cincinnati Bengals

Eagles
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Philadelphia Eagles totaled 7 turnovers as the Bengals took a big lead over the Eagles.

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Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns

Steelers
Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The Cleveland Browns turned the ball over only once but forced the Pittsburgh Steelers to commit a total of eight turnovers.

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San Francisco 49ers vs New England Patriots

Niners
Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

One of the sloppiest games this season was a rainy one on Sunday night featuring the New England Patriots against the San Francisco 49ers. The game totaled six turnovers as the Niners found a way to hold on to the ball and come away with a win.


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