Vinovich appears to be a lock for Super Bowl nod

Football Zebras analysis As reported earlier, each of the Super Bowl officials works a Divisional Playoff game to break up the month-long gap from the end of the regular season. Football Zebras has analyzed the assignments from the divisional round, and has determined the officials that have the best chance at

Super Bowl officials will work divisional playoff games

View image | gettyimages.com The Divisional Playoff officiating assignments bear close watching, as we can confirm that the Super Bowl XLIX officials will be assigned a divisional playoff game.  The Super Bowl officials will be the only officials assigned to two postseason games. It used to be that Super Bowl officials came

Faceguarding call lead to bizarre pass-interference flag pickup

View image | gettyimages.com During the fourth quarter, Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford threw a third-down pass to tight end Brandon Pettigrew, and there was a flag for pass interference on Cowboys linebacker Anthony Hitchens. Referee Pete Morelli announced the penalty, but then picked up the flag. The television broadcast did not

Wild Card liveblog: Lions at Cowboys

2014 NFC Wild Card Playoff Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of the Bengals-Colts Wild Card Playoff game from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis If you have any questions or comments, use the comments section of this post, or tweet us @footballzebras Today's crew his headed by

Wild Card liveblog: Bengals at Colts

2014 AFC Wild Card Playoff Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of the Bengals-Colts Wild Card Playoff game from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis If you have any questions or comments, use the comments section of this post, or tweet us @footballzebras Today's crew his headed by

Wild Card liveblog: Ravens at Steelers

2014 AFC Wild Card Playoff This game had tinderbox written all over it, but Clete Blakeman's crew handled the playoff game between these two heated rivals very well. The crew, especially line judge Jeff Seeman did not overlook any nonsense, flagging chippy play and unsportsmanlike acts. Back judge Perry

Wild Card liveblog: Cardinals at Panthers

2014 NFC Wild Card Playoff Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of the Cardinals-Panthers Wild Card Playoff game from Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. If you have any questions or comments, use the comments section of this post, or tweet us @footballzebras Today's crew his

Our playoff predictions: Morelli graded high in 2014

View image | gettyimages.com Football Zebras commentary Part of our annual tradition is to predict which referees are assigned to the postseason and the Pro Bowl. Unfortunately, there are several outside obligations that have prevented us from doing a full rundown. So, without further elaboration, here are our selections: Ben Austro Mark Schultz Super Bowl  Pete

Week 17 referee assignments

View image | gettyimages.com Ed Hochuli will have the AFC North title game on Sunday night. Games are grouped generally by the impact they have on the playoffs. (If we have made an error, let us know in the comments.) Teams in italics are seeking a playoff berth. Bill Vinovich is off

Quick calls: Week 16

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