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Former NFL Referee Speaks About Controversial Call

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by Chris Conte

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A former NFL ref said Monday night's controversial decision during the Packers/Seahawks game was not necessarily the right call.

"It should've been an interception, that's what I thought," says Art Dermas.

The 79-year-old spent 29 years as an referee for the NFL and was watching the game Monday night where it appeared Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings intercepted the ball. Instead though the ruling was in favor of Seahawks receiver Golden Tate which made the play a touchdown catch. Seattle won the game because of it.

"They both come down with it!" Art explained as he watched the play again on Tuesday afternoon.

Football fans were in an uproar on social media sites on Tuesday blaming replacement refs who have been brought in by the NFL because of an ongoing labor dispute.

Had Art been on the field and seen both players go down with the ball, he says this is how he would've made his decision as to which way to make the call.

"Survival of the fittest, who ended up with the ball when it was all over with."

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