LISBON, Portugal -- The game didn't look any better from eight time zones away.
And from a distance of 5,200 miles you could see the calamity at the end of the first half impacting who won and lost when the clock struck 00:00.
Of all the games left on the Buffalo Bills' schedule, the one they could most afford to lose was Monday night against the Seattle Seahawks.
What they could not afford to lose were center Eric Wood, a series of misguided verdicts from the officiating crew and their composure.
Buffalo lost, 31-25, at CenturyLink Field. I watched the game from Lisbon while moderating and emceeing sports panels at the 2016 Web Summit. I'll be back later this week, depending on what happens on Election Day.
What transpired Monday night didn't sound any better in Portuguese.
NFL officiating boss Dean Blandino admitted during the game the league botched two calls on an incomprehensible field-goal sequence at the end of the first half.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman burst offside to block the 53-yard try and dove into Dan Carpenter. Blandino said Sherman should have been called for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness, but Sherman was penalized only 5 yards for an offside. Because a Bills trainer came on the field to tend to the writhing kicker, Carpenter had to leave the game for a play (the Bills had no timeouts). So the Bills had to spike the ball to run a play, stop the clock and get Carpenter back on the field.
Carpenter made the 49-yard field goal, but the Bills were flagged for delay of game. The official stood over the ball, preventing Garrison Sanborn from snapping it, until there were only three or four seconds left on the play clock.
The league admitted that was improper officiating procedure, too.
Carpenter missed the subsequent 54-yard kick.
But the Bills can't blame their defeat solely on that clusterfudge. They could have done enough elsewhere to avoid that point of contention entirely.
Buffalo battled valiantly in the second half and had a first down on Seattle's 10-yard line with 69 seconds remaining. LeSean McCoy ran for 3 yards. Then Tyrod Taylor was sacked twice before throwing an incomplete pass on fourth down.
Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson, meanwhile, was terrific. He had been struggling as a passer, but encountered the perfect tonic: a stumblebum secondary that couldn't get out of its own way.
Wilson hadn't thrown a touchdown pass since Week Four but completed 20 of his 26 passes for 282 yards and two one-handed touchdown grabs from tight end Jimmy Graham.
Seattle's top rusher was receiver Tyler Lockett with one carry for 13 yards.
Still, Buffalo's offense and special teams should've been adequate enough for an upset victory.
The Bills rushed for 162 yards.
Taylor was 27 of 38 for 289 yards and a touchdown. But he threw an interception and was sacked five times. Robert Woods had the best game of his career with 10 catches and 162 yards.
The loss of Wood could be catastrophic for the Bills. He was carted off the field with a leg injury. The inexperienced Ryan Groy replaced him and might need to start for the rest of the season.