ALBANY, N.Y. - A controversial NFL call during Monday Night Football has caused an uproar, not just among the coaches and players, but angry fans as well.
Officials upheld a call on the last play, a touchdown pass, that gave the Seattle Seahawks a 14 to 12 win over the Green Bay Packers, which has many people saying the replacement officials who are calling the games are not qualified to do so.
The NFL lockout is temporarily replacing the league's officials with Division two and three officials.
Charlie Seyffer, who has 34 years of experience as an official, says no one is immune to mistakes, but the rules of football change at every level of the game.
Seyffer says experience is key.
"The speed changes at every level, almost to the point when you can't see their hands move when they're at the pro level," says Seyffer. "So these referees that are working at the NFL level are doing the best that they can based on what they've seen. Everything is based on experience."
"That level is the highest in the world, and you have to be prepared mentally and physically to handle that," adds Joe Friers, the president of the Albany chapter of the Football Officials Association.
While the rulebook for the Football Officials Association states they are not allowed to specifically discuss calls that have been made, the members did watch the replay with NEWS10, saying during a moment like that one, there is so much to consider as an official.
"I've watched that play that was on TV four or five times last night, and those officials are right on there for the coverage, but there was probably 30 things going on," says Seyffer. "They're looking for the feet going out of bounds, they're looking for the contact up top, they're looking for face guarding, they're looking for pass interference. I believe they're doing the best that they can, and for the most part, there's probably 3,000 calls in a weekend, maybe there's 20 that are bad calls."
In a statement Tuesday, the NFL upheld the Seahawks' win over the Packers, but did say the game-winning touchdown Monday night was the result of a blown call.
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