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Sunday’s divisional playoff officiating



Jets at Patriots

Bill Leavy is the referee (full crew).

2nd Quarter, 5:46 remaining. Patriots coach Bill Belichick challenged a juggled catch by Jets receiver Santonio Holmes. Although it was just a five-yard pass, it made the difference between a first down and a 4th-and-5. Holmes was able to get his hand under the ball without it contacting the ground. Unlike yesterday’s call against the Falcons’ Michael Jenkins who gained control out of bounds, Holmes was in the field, so he was able to fully gain control when he was on the ground.Replay review upheld the call.

Seahawks at Bears

Alberto Riverón is the referee (full crew).

Not much to report from this game. A very cleanly called game all around. This is evident in that Fox rules analyst Mike Pereira was fairly silent throughout the game. The only time I recall hearing from Pereira was about the NFL considering extra padding to the knees, thighs and hips while Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant was injured on the field.

Ben Austro is the editor and founder of Football Zebras and the author of So You Think You Know Football?: The Armchair Ref's Guide to the Official Rules (on sale now)

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