To flag or not to flag? Pereira and Daopoulos try to answer the question

Pereira and Daopoulos break down Super Bowl XLVII Did the Baltimore Ravens Jimmy Smith hold the San Francisco 49ers Michael Crabtree on that last gasp fourth and goal?  Did Crabtree push-off of Smith?  Were the officials correct in not throwing a flag on either player?  Two former NFL officials and officiating

Rule modifications for Pro Bowl

AFC-NFC Pro Bowl, Sunday 7 p.m. (ET), NBC Ed Hochuli is the referee today for the annual all-star game from Honolulu. Packers coach Mike McCarthy (NFC) and Broncos coach John Fox (AFC) will be on the sidelines. The NFC will call the coin toss as the designated visiting team. In order to

Pereira: Officials ‘nailed’ NFC championship

Former officiating boss says officials got two critical calls correct Former NFL vice president for officiating and current Fox Sports officiating consultant Mike Pereira says Terry McAulay's crew called a superb game on Sunday when the San Francisco 49ers beat the Atlanta Falcons to advance to Super Bowl XLVII.  Pereira broke down

Live blog: Ravens at Patriots

2012 AFC Championship We will be live blogging the calls and rules interpretations from the Ravens-Patriots game. (If you see continue reading below, click it to see the entire feed.) If you have any questions or comments, use the comments section of this post, or tweet us @footballzebras. Today’s crew is headed by

Live blog: 49ers at Falcons

2012 NFC Championship We will be live blogging the calls and rules interpretations from the 49ers-Falcons game. (If you see continue reading below, click it to see the entire feed.) If you have any questions or comments, use the comments section of this post, or tweet us @footballzebras. Today’s crew is headed by

Images from the Divisional Playoffs

We ran into a technical problem earlier in the week, but we still wanted to present some images of the officials as captured by the team photographers. Click on any photo to see the slideshow.    

Can umpire make calls for referee?

Former umpire Jim Daopoulos breaks down responsibilities There was a play in the Texans-Patriots divisional playoff game that seemed curious to me.  Late in the second quarter referee Tony Corrente flagged the Texans for roughing the kicker.  Umpire Garth DeFelice consulted with Corrente, and the referee turned on his microphone and

NFL ref experts break down divisional playoffs

Pereira and Daopoulos disagree on the Peyton Manning fumble/tuck rule As has been the case all season, former NFL vice president for officiating Mike Pereira and former NFL official and officiating supervisor Jim Daopoulos talked about the correct, incorrect, and strange calls in last weekend's divisional playoffs. Pereira, who is an officiating

McAulay, Leavy head conference titles

Boger to be announced Tuesday for Super Bowl We have the assignments for the Conference Championships. Officials are listed with their uniform number, years experience (including this season), the crew each official worked with in the regular season (by the referee’s name), college, and outside occupation. All times are Eastern. The postseason