Hochuli, Mackie both work as ref at Falcons-Titans

Officials prefer not to be noticed. The change at referee from

the first half to the second during Tennessee’s 27-16 victory over

Atlanta couldn’t be missed.

Ed Hochuli worked the first half, while Wayne Mackie ran the

officiating crew Saturday night for the second half with Hochuli

watching from the sideline. The move allowed Mackie, usually a head

linesman, the experience of working a preseason game as the


Hochuli went to the microphone several times. He corrected the

game time on two clocks and noted Titans coach Mike Munchak

couldn’t challenge a possible turnover by Matt Ryan because

officials had ruled the quarterback was in the grasp of


Mackie had his chance at two replay reviews and kept his

announcements very brief.

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