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.

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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.”

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“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.

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