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Playoffs / Super Bowl

Wild Card Weekend

Arizona at Carolina: Ed Hochuli
Detroit at Dallas: Pete Morelli
Baltimore at Pittsburgh: Clete Blakeman
Cincinnati at Indianapolis: Carl Cheffers

Divisional Playoffs

Baltimore at New England: Bill Vinovich
Carolina at Seattle: Terry McAulay
Dallas at Green Bay: Gene Steratore
Indianapolis at Denver: Bill Leavy

Conference Championships

Green Bay at Seattle: Tony Corrente
Indianapolis at New England: Walt Anderson

Pro Bowl

AFC vs NFC: John Parry

Super Bowl

Seattle vs New England: Bill Vinovich

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Comments

  1. http://Nelson says

    What is the likelyhood of Ed Hochuli for super bowl

  2. http://Lorenzo%20Antonio says

    Apart from Triplette, have any refs stood out as being particularly bad this year?

    I think one of the new refs might get it. Would love to see Hochuli get the super bowl though.

  3. http://Kent%20G says

    My Votes for Top 3 to officiate the Super Bowl this season are. Corrente, Morelli or Blakeman.

    • http://Michael says

      My votes for Top 3 are Vinovich (NFL brass seems to love him), Corrente or Steratore. If I had to vote for the other 7 Referees to get a playoff spot I would go with Anderson, Blakeman, Cheffers, Coleman, Hochuli, McAulay and Triplette. If the league keeps up its policy of not having the Super Bowl referee working the following year that would open up a spot for Morelli. Please note that when I lost a referee I am not including the whole crew but the referee ONLY

  4. Fellow ref fans:… I must inform you all that due to some health issues I am facing, you won’t be hearing from me for a while. It’s especially a shame since the team I cover as a longtime beat writer, the Baltimore Ravens, have made the playoffs again, for a tenth time in 15 years. I hope you all enjoy the postseason and that the zebras call it right. My very best to you all, Joey P

  5. http://steelers78492 says

    joe wish u all the best get better joe im a steelers fan

  6. http://No1NFLRefFan says

    These are my predictions on who will officiate an NFL Wild Card Weekend playoff game:

    AZ @ CAR: Jerome Boger
    BAL @ PIT: Pete Morelli
    CIN @ IND: Carl Cheffers
    DET @ DAL: Walt Coleman

  7. http://Canio%20Costanzo says

    OK–here are my pics:

    AZ @ CAR: John Parry
    BAL @ PIT: Ron Tolbert
    CIN @ IND: Walt Anderson
    DET @ DAL: Jeff Triplette

  8. http://AZBoy92 says

    When will the Playoffs Referee Assignment be posted/available?

  9. http://Dave says

    Wild Card Predictions
    AZ@CAR: Tony Corrente
    BAL@PIT: Terry McCauley
    CIN@IND: Walt Anderson
    DET@DAL: Carl Cheffers

  10. http://Dave says

    I think the Super Bowl refs will be either Bill Vinovich, Pete Morrelli, or Ed Hochuli. They’ve had a nice season so far

  11. Listen, guys, I know what I said about my health issues earlier, and they still apply. But the outpouring of support I’ve gotten has been so great, I must thank everyone here and now. One of those who chimed in was my usual Ravens source, and he tells me that CLETE BLAKEMAN will be the man in charge for the BAL-PIT wild-card game. So, glad to contribute. Take care, everyone…

  12. http://Zach says
  13. Per Football Zebras, Ed Hochuli and Carl Cheffers are the other two wild-card referees. What games they have are not confirmed, however. In my opinion, Cheffers will receive CIN-IND, and Hochuli will receive ARZ-CAR, because each official did a game of the opposite team last week. (Hochuli worked CIN and Cheffers worked ARZ). But this is ONLY A GUESS. Real confirmation to come.

  14. http://RefGuy2222 says

    It’s official, Pete Morelli in Dallas Sunday.

  15. http://RefGuy2222 says

    OK, I think we have a pretty good guess of the assignments for Blakeman, Hochuli, Cheffers, and Morelli:
    BAL@PIT- Blakeman, baltimoreravens.com
    ARI@CAR-Hochuli, Cheffers just did Arizona last week.
    DET@DAL-Morelli, Already confirmed.
    CIN@IND-Cheffers, Only one left.

  16. http://RefGuy2222 says

    Btw Hochuli did a Cincy game last week so that gives Cheffers CIN@IND.

  17. http://Mark says

    BAL@PIT- Blakeman, per Joe Platania.

    ARI@CAR-Hochuli, per Mark and his usual Anderson source, who is working with Hochuli this week.

    DET@DAL-Morelli, per http://www.foxsports.com above.

    CIN@IND-Cheffers, per http://www.footballzebras.com, he is the only one left that has a game this week.

    These are all confirmed.

  18. http://RefGuy2222 says

    We have them all confirmed:
    ARI@CAR-Ed Hochuli
    BAL@PIT-Clete Blakeman
    CIN@IND-Carl Cheffers
    DET@DAL-Pete Morelli

    Courtesy of Football Zebras

  19. http://RefGuy2222 says

    I wonder if Craig Wrolstad, Ron Torbert, or Brad Allen, the new refs, will get a playoff assignment for the divisional round.

  20. http://RefGuy2222 says

    Here is a list of the crew members along with the referee for the Wild Card round:

    ARI@CAR(ESPN)-

    R 85 Ed Hochuli
    U 115 Tony Michalek
    HL 22 Steve Stelljes
    LJ 107 Ron Marinucci
    FJ 29 Adrian Hill
    SJ 41 Boris Cheek
    BJ 93 Scott Helverson

    BAL@PIT(NBC)-

    R 34 Clete Blakeman
    U 40 Butch Hannah
    HL 28 Mark Hittner
    LJ 45 Jeff Seeman
    FJ 82 Buddy Horton
    SJ 15 Rick Patterson
    BJ 46 Perry Paganelli

    CIN@IND(CBS)-

    R 51 Carl Cheffers
    U 121 Paul King
    HL 54 George Hayward
    LJ 100 Tom Symonette
    FJ 67 Doug Rosenbaum
    SJ 3 Scott Edwards
    BJ 119 Greg Wilson

    DAL@DET-

    The Referee is Pete Morelli. However, full crew has not yet been confirmed. When I find out the crew for that respective matchup, I’ll post it.

    Crews courtesy of Football Zebras.

  21. http://Loro%20Swag says

    To Reff BAL@NE could be in-between Bill Vinovich or Gene Steratore

  22. http://Zach says

    My predictions for next week

    @ NE Gene Steratore
    @SEA Terry McAulay
    @GB Tony Corrente
    @DEN Jerome Boger

  23. http://Zach says

    Hopefully Vinovich gets the Super Bowl

  24. http://Canio%20Costanzo says

    I don’t know if you are watching the Lions/Cowboys game, but midway through the third quarter, I saw Jeff Triplette on the sidelines wearing an NFL jacket- looks like he’s the alternate referee. Does this mean he’s OUT for the remainder of the postseason? Does it mean he’s working next week?

  25. http://Cam says

    My fellow officiating fans, I would like to share with you a comment made by Mark Schultz, co-editor of Football Zebras, along with our friend Ben. About the DPI in Dallas, he writes:

    “The game is over, and while all in all the entire crew had a good game, there will be one call that will overshadow any good call or work done by Morelli’s crew. The decision at 8:18 of the fourth quarter to pick up a defensive pass interference flag on Dallas, after Morelli announced the foul. The calling official was then talked off of the flag, forcing Morelli to go back on the microphone and announce no foul. The Lions were not able to convert, punted the ball away, and Dallas marched down the field to score the winning touchdown. Mike Pereira indicates that he supported the flag, and replays indicate that the Cowboys’ defender did not play the ball and made contact with the receiver. This controversial call will mar the otherwise good work done by the officiating crew.”

    I normally don’t have outbursts like this but I must say, as a fan of officiating, and even more so of Pete Morelli himself, the one controversy with the back judge’s decision, whether right or wrong, will tarnish Morelli, as he was the referee and the head of the crew. Mistakes happen, but people shouldn’t be shooting the messenger, Morelli in this case. The game was officiated very well and this one error invalidated it all for most fans. We as officiating fans, I hope, see it differently.

    I hope you all enjoyed this weekend and we will work tirelessly to get you the assignments for next weekend through this week. Thank you again.

  26. http://Loro%20Swag says

    Gene Steratore will likely be in New England on Saturday

  27. http://Mark says

    Let’s forget about the call in Dallas for a second. I don’t know what will become of that, if anything. But my question is, aside from determining what the outcome regarding that crew will be…are the 28 officials who worked a game this past weekend (4 crews x 7 on each crew) now done for the 14-15 season? Does that have any effect on the Divisional round, Conference Championships, Super Bowl, or Pro Bowl? Is it possible to have more than one postseason assignment (besides whoever gets to work the Super Bowl)? I just wondered if we can or cannot rule out Hochuli, Cheffers, Blakeman, and Morelli for the rest of the postseason? I’ve never been clear as to what postseason rules are for assigning officials to games. Thank you.

    • http://Cam says

      Mark, it is highly likely that these 28 officials are done for the remainder of the year. Normally, the seven Super Bowl officials are selected from the 28 who work in the Divisional Round. The only officials who work two postseason games are the Super Bowl officials, who have already officiated a Divisional. The reason why I am not 100% certain, is that the NFL has selected Super Bowl officials from the Wild Card round before, albeit rarely (most recently, Scott Green in 2009 worked a WC in Arizona, and the the SB in Miami).

  28. http://Dave says

    Predictions
    BAL@NE Bill Vinovich
    CAR@SEA Tony Corrente
    DAL@GB Gene Steratore
    IND@DEN Walt Anderson

  29. http://steelers78492 says

    DAL GB REFEREE IS GENE STERATORE

  30. http://RefGuy2222 says

    I’m sorry, I thought they don’t release assignments that early. Confirmed, referee for DAL@GB is Gene Steratore.

  31. http://RefGuy2222 says

    Bill Vinovich is the referee for BAL@NE. Source:

    http://www.baltimoreravens.com/gameday/game/2014/postseason19

  32. http://RefGuy2222 says

    Two more to be confirmed, CAR@SEA and IND@DEN. Hopefully we’ll find them out by tomorrow.

  33. http://Loro%20Swag says

    CAR@SEA Terry McAulay
    IND@DEN Bill Leavy

  34. http://Cam says

    NE-BAL: Bill Vinovich
    CAR-SEA: Terry McAulay
    DAL-GB: Gene Steratore
    IND-DEN: Bill Leavy

    http://www.footballzebras.com/2015/01/06/12264/

  35. http://RefGuy2222 says

    Didn’t expect McAulay to be in the playoffs.

  36. http://RefGuy2222 says

    OK who do you guys think gets Super Bowl? I think Bill Vinovich does.
    Choose from Leavy, Vinovich, and Steratore, as they are the only ones eligible.

  37. http://Loro%20Swag says

    BAL@NE
    R Bill Vinovich
    U Undrey Wash
    HL John McGrath
    LJ Julian Mapp
    FJ David Meslow
    SJ Jimmy DeBell
    BJ Jim Quirk

  38. http://Cam says

    Nice try Lorenzo, here’s the crew for BAL-NE.

    R Bill Vinovich (52)
    U Rich Hall (49)
    HL Wayne Mackie (106)
    LJ Gary Arthur (108)
    FJ Dave Meslow (118)
    SJ Jimmy DeBell (58)
    BJ Tony Steratore (112)

    http://media.patriots.com/mediafiles/2014/19/2014_19_Flip%20Card_20150106_171807.pdf

  39. http://Zach says

    I got McAulay right. Can somebody give Tony Corrente a playoff game?

  40. http://Dave says

    If I were to rank these 4 refs in the divisional round for the super bowl it would go as Bill Vinovich, Gene Steratore, Terry McCauley, and Bill Leavy but I don’t think Terry will be getting back to back super bowls

  41. http://RefGuy2222 says

    It is down to Bill Vinovich and Gene Steratore for Super Bowl referee.

  42. http://Cam says

    IND-DEN Crew

    Referee: Bill Leavy (127)
    Umpire: Ruben Fowler (71)
    Head Linesman: Jim Mello (48)
    Line Judge: Julian Mapp (10)
    Field Judge: Steve Zimmer (33)
    Side Judge: James Coleman (95)
    Back Judge: Steve Freeman (133)
    Replay Official: Larry Nemmers
    Replay Assistant: Bill Tracy

    http://media.denverbroncos.com/images/9008/Flipcards/150111_flipcard_Ind.pdf

  43. http://Zach says

    I bet Walt Anderson and John Parry will have the games next week

  44. http://Zach says

    Corrente, Boger, Coleman are also possibilities

  45. http://Cam says

    Here are the final crews:

    BAL-NE
    R Bill Vinovich (52)
    U Rich Hall (49)
    HL Wayne Mackie (106)
    LJ Gary Arthur (108)
    FJ Dave Meslow (118)
    SJ Jeff Lamberth (21)
    BJ Tony Steratore (112)

    CAR-SEA
    R Terry McAulay (77)
    U Undrey Wash (96)
    HL Derick Bowers (74)
    LJ Mark Perlman (9)
    FJ Bob Waggoner (25)
    SJ Joe Larrew (73)
    BJ Terrence Miles (111)

    DAL-GB
    R Gene Steratore (114)
    U Bill Schuster (129)
    HL Dana McKenzie (8)
    LJ Rusty Baynes (59)
    FJ Terry Brown (43)
    SJ Tom Hill (97)
    BJ Todd Prukop (30)

    IND-DEN
    R Bill Leavy (127)
    U Ruben Fowler (71)
    HL Jim Mello (48)
    LJ Julian Mapp (10)
    FJ Steve Zimmer (33)
    SJ James Coleman (95)
    BJ Steve Freeman (133)

    http://www.footballzebras.com/2015/01/06/12264/

    • http://RefGuy2222 says

      How long have you been interested in officiating Cameron? I recently got HIGHLY interested. How about you?

      • http://Cam says

        I have been following NFL officiating for about three years. I really became involved when I was fortunate enough to get in touch with Pete Morelli through email a couple years ago, just telling him about my true love for following the officials of the game and the science behind it. I’ve been following Football Zebras, and contributing here on Football Refs to people who share the passion. When I discovered this website, I was surprised to see how many other people there actually are that share my officiating passion.

  46. http://RefGuy2222 says

    Nice to see you Cam on Football Zebras too.

  47. http://RefGuy2222 says

    This looks to be the officials who will get the Super Bowl nod.

    R 52 Bill Vinovich
    U 49 Rich Hall
    HL 8 Dana McKenzie
    LJ 9 Mark Perlman
    FJ 25 Bob Waggoner
    SJ 97 Tom Hill
    BJ 30 Todd Prukop

    Not of this is officially confirmed yet. Confirmation to come soon.

    • http://Goump129 says

      How did you come to this prediction? I mean after the pats game last night I don’t know if I would want that referee and umpire officiating the superbowl. I think steratore and Schuster are the best duo in officiating. They were the highest graded officials at their position last year and got jipped out of the super bowl but probably officiated the best game of the playoffs last year in the nfc championship. My sources also say the both had a pretty great year again this year even though they weren’t on the same crew.

  48. http://RefGuy2222 says

    Meant to say none in my previous post. Sorry.

  49. http://RefGuy2222 says

    Will it be confirmed soon you think?

  50. http://Loro%20Swag says

    Conference Referee Predictions
    TBA Vs New England Jerome Boger
    TBA Vs Seahawks Tony Corrente

  51. http://RefGuy2222 says

    My predictions for Conference Championships:
    GB@SEA-Tony Corrente
    IND@NE-Walt Anderson

  52. http://RefGuy2222 says

    Wow there are a lot of Dallas fans upset about the replay reversal on Dez Bryant’s catch. I thought they made the right call though.

  53. http://No1NFLRefFan says

    My predictions for the Conference Finals referees:

    AFC (IND @ NE): Walt Anderson
    NFC (GB @ SEA): Tony Corrente

  54. http://Loro%20Swag says

    My Predictions for the Conference Championships Referees:
    AFC(IND@NE) Jerome Boger
    NFC (GB@SEA) Tony Corrente

  55. http://Kent%20G says

    Who are the for sure Super Bowl eligible Refs? My guess right now is Gene Steratore. I believe it’s someone from the divisional round.

    • http://Cam says

      That is the League’s policy since 2012. So therefore, it will be either Steratore, Vinovich, or Leavy. McAulay is ineligible because he worked the SB last year. Leavy will probably not get the assignment because he has worked two SBs in his career already. FootballZebras believes the front runner is Vinovich, but Steratore is still a possibility.

  56. http://Kent%20G says

    IND @ NE – AFC Championship. Clete Blakeman

  57. http://jorgy8 says

    Corrente in Seattle for GB

  58. http://Cam says

    SEA-GB: Tony Corrente
    IND-NE: Walt Anderson

    http://www.footballzebras.com/2015/01/13/12321/

  59. http://Loro%20Swag says

    Andreson Crew for IND@NE

    U Jeff Rice
    HL Kent Payne
    LJ Byron Boston
    FJ Dyrol Prileau
    SJ Michael Banks
    BJ Greg Steed

  60. http://Goump129 says

    The Superbowl officials have been determined

  61. http://Cam says

    IND-NE Crew

    Referee: Walt Anderson (66)
    Umpire: Carl Paganelli (124)
    Head Linesman: Tony Veteri (36)
    Line Judge: Jeff Bergman (32)
    Field Judge: Gary Cavaletto (60)
    Side Judge: Greg Meyer (78)
    Back Judge: Keith Ferguson (61)
    Replay Official: Charles Stewart
    Replay Assistant: Jimmy Oldham
    Supervisor: Johnny Grier

    Only confirmed alternate is Clete Blakeman.

    http://media.patriots.com/mediafiles/2014/20/2014_20_Flip%20Card_20150113_165555.pdf

  62. http://jorgy8 says

    Officials for these two semi final games are ranked 2/3rd in their respective positions this year. Have had to have officiated a wild card & divisional game in previous years, no first timers. Corrente ranks as one of the best referees in NFL on consistent basis

  63. http://eddiethejet says

    Of course Dino Paganelli is working this weekend. He is usually one of the best back judges every year.

  64. http://Cam says

    Here’s the final list of all-star crews for this weekend.

    GB-SEA
    Referee: Tony Corrente (99)
    Umpire: Dan Ferrell (64)
    Head Linesman: Kent Payne (79)
    Line Judge: Carl Johnson (101)
    Field Judge: Jon Lucivansky (89)
    Side Judge: Rob Vernatchi (75)
    Back Judge: Dino Paganelli (105)

    IND-NE
    Referee: Walt Anderson (66)
    Umpire: Carl Paganelli (124)
    Head Linesman: Tony Veteri (36)
    Line Judge: Jeff Bergman (32)
    Field Judge: Gary Cavaletto (60)
    Side Judge: Greg Meyer (78)
    Back Judge: Keith Ferguson (61)

  65. http://DanNJ316 says

    So in addition to the three rookie referees this year, it looks like no playoffs for Boger, Coleman, Parry and Triplette. The only name I’m surprised about out of that group is Parry, who I’ve always felt was one of the better refs in the game. But this will be his 3rd year in a row of missing the playoffs since doing the Super Bowl following the 2011 season. Guess he’s not as good as I thought.

    Two good choices for the conference championships in Corrente and Anderson. Even though Football Zebras has projected Vinovich for the Super Bowl, I’m pulling for Steratore.

  66. http://Goump129 says

    Does anyone know the Superbowl officials yet?

  67. http://Cam says

    Bill Vinovich is the referee for Super Bowl XLIX.

    Here is the crew.

    Referee: Bill Vinovich (52)
    Umpire: Bill Schuster (129)
    Head Linesman: Dana McKenzie (8)
    Line Judge: Mark Perlman (9)
    Field Judge: Bob Waggoner (25)
    Side Judge: Tom Hill (97)
    Back Judge: Terrence Miles (111)

    Congratulations to all these men on a fine season.

    http://www.footballzebras.com/2015/01/14/12319/

  68. http://RefGuy2222 says

    Vinovich was inactive as a referee from 2007-12 so it’s nice to see that he gets to do Super Bowl.

  69. http://Loro%20Swag says

    Pro Bowl Referee Comes Down to Walt Coleman Ed Hochuli and Clete Blakeman

  70. http://Zach says

    Vinovich should be interesting. NFL really likes him. He called the division game, 2 Sunday night games, and a Monday night game

  71. http://Cam says
  72. http://RefGuy2222 says

    The Pro Bowl is not AFC vs NFC, it is Team Irvin vs Team Carter. This is the second year where the Pro Bowl is ‘unconferenced’. Just letting you guys know that you should correct that. As Cam posted, John Parry is the referee for that game.

  73. http://RefGuy2222 says

    2015 Pro Bowl crew-
    R 132 John Parry
    U 102 Bruce Stritesky
    HL 24 Tom Stabile
    LJ 35 John Hussey
    FJ 86 Jimmy Buchanan
    SJ 125 Laird Hayes
    BJ 38 Greg Yette

    Alternate- Tim Podraza

    http://www.footballzebras.com/2015/01/24/12431/

    Courtesy of Ben from Football Zebras

  74. http://jjcuc says

    Great season!! I almost never post any messages, but I read this site every week, and I enjoy the comments. Thanks, Mickey, and I’m already looking forward to next season. Have a great year, everyone.

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