Replacement Referee Somehow Defends Touchdown Call

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Lance Easley is making like Teresa Giudice.

The referee who ruled Golden Tate had simultaneous possession of a Russell Wilson Hail Mary Monday, giving the Seahawks a controversial 14-12 win over the Packers, is somehow standing by his call.

Even if it's more unpopular than Dina Lohan.

"I didn't do anything wrong," Easley tells TMZ, saying of the Packers defenders most believe intercepted the pass: "You have to not only have the ball but have either two feet or a body part on the ground, and that never happened."

Adding that he doesn't "appreciate the negative stuff" coming his way, Easley insisted:

"Put any other official who knows the rules and they would make the same call."

In his defense, the NFL has come out with a statement in support of the ruling.

Not in his defense, however: the league also scrambled to resolve its labor dispute with the actual referees, who will be back in place this evening and throughout Sunday's games.

Thank goodness.