NFC Wild Card Playoff
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Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating crews for the Wild Card weekend. 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.
Three alternates are assigned to each
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin is not the first coach who lost his place on the sideline and wandered into restricted sideline space. At least three other instances occurred this season: one that resulted in a sideline warning for the Raiders, one that resulted in a penalty for the Raiders in
The latest media tape by Dean Blandino has been posted by the NFL, which we will use as the weekly training tape on unusual calls. The vice president of officiating discussed these calls:The clock remains stopped on penalties inside 2:00 of the first half and 5:00 of the second half.
When discussing football officiating, it is easy to say, "Forget so-and-so for the playoff this year after that blown call." While fans might wish a playoff blackball for an official who makes an error, the NFL simply does not operate that way.
The NFL officiating office lead by Carl Johnson uses
Spot of ball in OT hurry-up offense also prominent mistake
There is no real ranking to the worst mistakes an official can make, other than outright lying about a call. Last week we said that the inadvertent whistle was almost as bad as it can get, but one crew found two
The officiating crews for the Wild Card games on Jan. 8 and 9 have been announced by the NFL. Kickoff times are Eastern. (See our previous post on the process of qualification.)
Saints at Seahawks (Saturday, 4:30 p.m.)
R — #65 Walt Coleman (22nd year, 16th year as referee)
U — #121 Paul
Week 2: Ravens at Bengals
The league has zero tolerance for deliberate contact with the officials as Ravens coach John Harbaugh was fined $15,000 by the NFL. While fines are usually late-week business, the league levied this fine on Tuesday, underscoring the zero-tolerance nature of "impermissible verbal and physical contact with
Week 14: Eagles at Giants
We have three calls for analysis—all three called correctly—from the Eagles–Giants game that will likely end up on this week's "Official Review." View the highlights of the game in addition to our analysis:
McNabb incomplete or fumble?
On a second-and-10 from the Eagles 42, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb