The playoffs are upon us, and the referee assignments for the opening weekend have been posted.
Head over to our Playoffs page to check them out, and then use this post to comment on any noteworthy calls this weekend.
Enjoy the games!
Note: The following is a guest post from Football-Refs reader Barry
I have followed the assignment of referees to the playoffs since 1985 and all officials since 2002. While I don’t have all the answers and have never verified this with anyone in authority, here is my version of how it is done. It is based upon my complete records since 2002 and comments by Mike Pereira to the NFL Network on the December 30 “Official Review.” If you have other information, please let me know.
Up to and including the 2002 season, all officials were assigned as individuals to all-star crews for all of the playoff games. Presumably, the highest-rated official at each position worked the Super Bowl. Each one also worked one playoff game.
For the 2003 and 2004 seasons, officials were basically assigned by regular season crews, with substitutions for rookie officials and (perhaps) low-rated ones. Eight such crews were assigned to the wild card and divisional playoff games. Then two of these crews, with some substitutions from the other six playoff crews, also worked the conference championships. Every official in the conference championships also worked in the wild card or divisional playoffs. As before, the best official at each position worked the Super Bowl. Every one had worked at least one playoff game, and in a couple of instances (if they were on the right crew) they had worked two.
This is the fourth year of the present system, and I think it works like this:
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