"How are parents supposed to look at their kids and say that there is justice and goodness in the world?" said Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers, whose team lost on a last-second pass by the Seattle Seahawks that appeared to be intercepted by Packers safety M.D. Jennings in the end zone. "There was hope. Hope for humanity. Hope for the world. But then they said Golden Tate caught a pass he really didn't."
The call pushed the Packers to 1-2, one game back in the NFC North division with only 13 games to play. Most schools and many business across the country have closed for the week to give families time to heal together and talk through what happened.
President Obama spoke to the nation from the Oval Office minutes after the game ended and urged calm.
"At times like these there are no answers," he said. "We can only rely on our faith and our sense of community and hope they can pull us through."
The president said he has already received countless calls from global leaders offering condolences and support.
"Today we are all Americans," said British prime minister David Cameron. "The refs really messed up the end of that game. It's outrageous."
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is working to set up a charity fund to help those whose lives were impacted by the event.
"It is my hope that this can do some good for the Seahawks-Packers victims and all those to come," he said, "because I'm not bringing the regular refs back until they accept our original offer. Expect many more games to end like this for the time being. Sorry, America. But we didn't get all of this power and money by caving to the demands of every aggrieved employee."