The controversial final call during Monday Night Football created a loss for the Packers, and ripple effects for those that work on the gridiron.
For 16-year veteran referee Emmett Wade, he said he loves his part-time position officiating pee wee games for Knox County.
"It's a good activity, good sports, get to inter-mingle with a lot of different referees," Wade said.
However, there are some gremlins.
"Parents, coaches, some of the older kids, you learn to ignore it," Wade added. "When you get tired of ignoring it, you have a flag you can administer."
That uneasiness of dealing with angry fans is why it is sometimes hard to get a official at a game.
"You have to be a little 'tough-skinned' if you want to be an official because people say things and if you listen to everything they say, you'll be ready to fight the whole stands," said Howard Russell with the Knoxville Football Officials Association.
Being a referee on the football field is mostly a part-time position, whether it's the NFL or the local level. The pay per game for a major league game is $9,375, according to FOX Sports; with the TSSAA, each game garners $90, according to their website.
The pay with the high stress doesn't help with recruiting, officials added.
"Say we bring in 10 new guys in, we'll be very lucky if we keep five," Russell said.
However, a love for the game is what drives people to continue officiating games.
"16 years-- it better be worth it, or I would've quit a long time ago," official Wade smiled. "But that's why I'm still doing it, and plan to keep doing it for a while."