Seahawks-Packers ‘Fail Mary’ referee says he’s suffering from PTSD as life has unraveled

Prior to the 'Fail Mary,' Sam Shields of the Packers jokes with side judge Lance Easley during the Packers-Seahawks game on Sept. 24, 2012.

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The highly controversial call on Monday Night Football between the Seahawks and Packers in Week 3 of the 2012 regular season was credited with expediting the end of the NFL’s referees’ lockout.

Yahoo!’s Dan Wetzel has the full story about Easley’s torment in the days following the call, a struggle that persists today as Easley tries to put his life back together. "I am not the same guy I used to be," said Easley, who told Wetzel that last year he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.  

The Green Bay Packers had to shake off the sting of that defeat and get back to business the very next week. Then in Week 1 of the 2014 regular season, the Pack failed to exact revenge as the Seahawks drubbed them 36-16. Green Bay gets another shot in Seattle this Sunday in the NFC championship game.

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