Oct 9, 2012 7:32 PM by Andrew Masuda

Lance Easley defends his TD call on "Today"

Lance Easley, the NFL replacement official, who was the center of controversy for his call on Monday Night Football gave his first television interview on Tuesday. Easley sat down with Matt Lauer on "Today."

Easley continued to stand by his touchdown call that gave Seattle a last-second 14-12 win over Green Bay two weeks ago. The Santa Maria bank executive worked the first three weeks of the NFL's regular season as a replacement official. He said the backline judge was not about to rule an interception, while he motioned for a touchdown. "He didn't signal touchback. He signaled stop the clock, which in his opinion would give us time to discuss it. However, it was my call because it was in my primary area. I had to bring that play all the way to the ground and take that whole play," said Easley.

He also said he did not think his call, which was the last one made by a replacement official, did not trigger the end of the NFL referees' lockout a few days later. "I think it was pretty much resolved before that issue. It kind of was an exclamation point on the whole deal. And the controversy in the play that's never happened in the history of the NFL that play, you can go back through the archives and you will not find that play," he said.

Easley expects the rules committee will have to deal with simultaneous possession in the near future. He added that he did the best job he could with the training he received from the NFL.

Easley has spent the last several years as a ref at the junior college and high school levels.



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