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Daily Madden: Should Regular NFL Officials Take A Bow?

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Referees take the field before the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens led the Browns 9-7 at the half. (Larry French/Getty Images)

Referees take the field before the game between the Baltimore Ravens and the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens led the Browns 9-7 at the half. (Larry French/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS/AP) – The regular NFL officials returned to work Thursday night, and the fans gave them a warm welcome back before bestowing their loudest cheers upon the Baltimore Ravens, who never trailed in a 23-16 victory over the winless Cleveland Browns.

Unlike the controversial ending of the Green Bay-Seattle game on Monday night, which heightened negotiations to get the regular refs back, this game ended without an argument.

Coach John Madden

“Weren’t they beauties last night?” John Madden asked the KCBS morning crew Friday morning. “They walk out onto the field and they get a standing ovation and then the funny thing about that, I thought, they took it. They were tipping their hats and waving and everything like they were the real heroes.”

“Well you know, usually,” Madden continued, “officials kind of just walk through it; they don’t acknowledge that stuff, but they kind of did.”

Coach John Madden

Listen to the John Madden segment live weekday mornings at 8:15 on KCBS All News 740 AM/106.9 FM. And catch John’s extra report at 9:15 a.m. Mondays and Fridays during the NFL season.

(Copyright 2012 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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