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Replacement ref Lance Easley stands by Packers-Seahawks Hail Mary call

Lance Easley may go down as one of the most infamous NFL officials of all time, and he only officiated a few regular-season games. As you probably know, Easley is the referee who ruled that Packers cornerback M.D. Jennings and Seahawks receiver Golden Tate had simultaneous possession on this Hail Mary play that gave Seattle a win over Green Bay. The replay appeared to show Easley made the wrong call.

While the two players may have eventually shared possession of the ball, that appeared to happen when Tate clearly wrestled his arms into the mix after Jennings had already established possession. Easley didn’t see it that way then and he doesn’t see it that way now.

“Yes,” Easley said on TODAY when asked if he believes it was the right call. “Until they change the rule, I can’t do anything about the call.”

Easley added that he wishes the players would have batted the ball down instead so the situation could have been avoided, but he believes he made the right call based on the rules. Most would argue that the blown call resulted in the end of the referee lockout, but Easley believes that would have happened following week three regardless.

“I think (the lockout) was pretty much resolved before that issue,” he explained. “It kind of was an exclamation point on the whole deal. The controversy (was) on a play that’s never happened in the history of the NFL. You can go back to the archives. You will not find that play.”

Easley, who never seemed all that fazed by the call and was out partying that night, has clearly made peace with the situation. He is not the only one who thinks the call was the right one, but he’s certainly a part of the minority. If he can successfully convince himself that the Green Bay-Seattle game was well-officiated, more power to him.



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  • Gene

    Easley should be more concerned with why nobody on his crew called Golden Tate for the  obvious offensive pass interference.  It happened out in the open where all could see it, and it was two hands in the back, shoving a defender to the ground. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/deecee27 Dee Cee

    i guess he should have been concerned with the bogus pass interference on Kam too that gave GB its only td of the game as well huh? stop crying!!!

  • Gene

     Nice try!  I’m not even a Packers fan, but the difference between the two plays is that the NFL officially admitted they blew the Tate call and that he did commit pass interference.  That is not the case with the play you dredged up in order to justify the Seahawks getting the win. You must be a Coach Pete lover.  Good luck with that!

  • http://twitter.com/olegunny Olegunny

     This moron has to be blind to think he made the correct call. Without a doubt one of and probably the worst calls ever made.

  • tuckrule

     Easley’s right. Before anyone had any part of their body on the ground, necessary for possession, They had shared or simultaneous possession. The interference was obvious, though often overlooked on last play hailmary’s. The interference call to get them into “hailmary” range was the worst call of the bunch. Still it’s comical to call this one of the “worst calls ever”.