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SAN DIEGO —Shannon Eastin made history. Brian Urlacher White Jersey . Some of the
players she was officiating made it look ugly. Eastin became the first woman to
officiate an NFL game, serving as the line judge in the San Diego Chargers 21-13
preseason victory over the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night. “I think its
exciting for her,” said Chargers coach Norv Turner, who took a photo with Eastin
before the game. “She was confident and in control.” The preseason opener for
both teams was predictably sloppy at times, filled with fumbles, interceptions
and missed assignments. Philip Rivers had a touchdown, an interception and a
fumble in limited action for the Chargers (No. 16 in the AP Pro32). Rookie
Jarrett Lee got most of the snaps, throwing for 235 yards and a touchdown.
Aaron Rodgers had an interception and a fumble in three series for the Packers
(No. 1). “We didnt play as well as we want to, but its preseason,” Rodgers said.
Eastin turned it into a history-making event merely with her presence. Among a
group of replacement officials working games while the regular refs are locked
out, Eastin was dwarfed by the players on San Diegos sideline and had a camera
following her every move before the game. A 16-year officiating veteran, she
seemed at ease with the spotlight, staying steady among the giants and the
national spotlight. Turner took a picture with her for posteritys sake, and
Chargers tackle Jeromey Clary and linebacker Antwan Barnes each sought her out
just before the opening kickoff, shaking her hand and saying a few words. Once
the game started, it was almost as if she wasnt there—the ultimate compliment
for an official. “I thought she did a good job of communicating,” Packers coach
Mike McCarthy said. Eastins game cap is headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame
after her first NFL game. Many of the players still need some work after their
first preseason performances. Rodgers fumbled on Green Bays first series,
setting up a 23-yard touchdown pass from Rivers to Antonio Gates. Green Bays
Diondre Borel fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Chargers recovered, but
Tramon Williams stepped in front of Robert Meacham to intercept Rivers pass two
plays later. The Chargers also lost a fumble on a handoff exchange between
Rivers and Michael Hayes on the first play of the next series. Rivers was 3 for
5 for 37 yards and was done after his fumble. Rodgers threw for 16 yards on
2-of-8 passing. Worse yet were some key injuries. Green Bay entered the game
with 18 players not in uniform and most were because of injuries, including
receiver Greg Jennings and left tackle Marshall Newhouse. The list grew longer
early in the first quarter when starting linebacker Desmond Bishop went down
after a group of players fell on his right leg while he was finishing a tackle.
He was unable to put any weight on his leg while being helped to the sideline.
The Chargers lost starting running back Ryan Mathews after he broke his clavicle
on his first carry of the preseason. Hes scheduled to have surgery on Friday and
is expected to be out 4-to-6 weeks. “Its disappointing,” Rivers said. “You hate
it for him, first of all, and then obviously it affects the team. Its just
unfortunate—first carry of the season—but hell still bounce back and have
a great year.” Lee, who was undrafted out of LSU, hit Vincent Brown on a 27-yard
touchdown pass in the second quarter and also helped set up Curtis Brinkleys
1-yard dive that made it 21-13 with just under 2 minutes left. He finished 15 of
22. Graham Harrell, trying to solidify his spot as the No. 2 quarterback behind
Rodgers, had some bad misses early. But he hit Randall Cobb on a 23-yard pass
that set up a 3-yard touchdown between the two in the closing seconds of the
first half and finished 15 of 27 for 135 yards. “We did some good things at
times and then we went through some rough patches,” Harrellsaid. “Hopefully, we
will get better.” Replacement officials are working games for the first time in
11 years and have 16 this weekend, including six Thursday night. There have
already been some shaky moments. The crew working the Hall of Fame game last
Sunday had mixed reviews and fans in Buffalo booed replacement officials
Thursday night after they muffed a touchback call in a game against Washington.
Eastin didnt seem to have any trouble in her first NFL game. The 42-year-old
from Tempe, Ariz., is a referee in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, college
footballs second-highest level, and owns a company that trains basketball and
football officials. Wearing No. 27 on the back of her officials uniform, Eastin
wasnt involved in many calls until flagging San Diegos Patrick Doyle for holding
in the third quarter. She heard a few boos from the hometown crowd in the fourth
period on a pass interference call on Chargers safety Corey Lynch—she
appeared to get it right—and signalled touchdown when Green Bays Marc Tyler
scored on a 1-yard run. Green Bay failed on the 2-point conversion, keeping the
Chargers up 14-13. Eastin signalled TD again when Brinkley scored later, but had
a relatively quiet night overall, which, in the world of officiating, can be a
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