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McAulay, Leavy head conference titles



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Terry_McAulay_at_Super_Bowl_43leavy_riversWe 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 experience shown for the crew chief includes all assignments prior to being promoted to referee.

NFC Championship Game: 49ers at Falcons

Sunday, Jan. 20 (3 p.m., Fox)

Terry McAulay is the referee. This is his 15th year and 12th as referee. This is McAulay’s 12th postseason assignment, including 2 wild cards, 1 divisional playoff, 6 conference championships, and Super Bowls XXXIX and XLIII. In fact, between 2004 and 2008, McAulay worked seven playoff assignments, and in each of those years worked either a conference championship or a Super Bowl.

      Yr. Crew College Occupation
R 77 Terry McAulay 15 McAulay Louisiana State college officiating coordinator for Big East
U 124 Carl Paganelli 14 Winter Michigan State federal probation officer
HL 106 Wayne Mackie 6 Steratore Colgate director of housing
LJ 68 Tom Stephan 14 Boger Pittsburg State president and CEO
FJ 60 Gary Cavaletto 10 Corrente Hancock general manager, agricultural operations
SJ 56 Allen Baynes 5 Corrente Auburn realtor
BJ 112 Tony Steratore 13 Boger California (Pa.) co-owner, supply company
  • Alternates: Carl Cheffers (upfield), Greg Bradley (line), Mike Weir (deep)
  • Replay official: Earnie Frantz
  • Replay assistant: Brian Matoren
  • Supervisor: Ed Coukart
  • Observer: Jim Duke

McAulay had a Week 6 assignment in Atlanta when the Falcons hosted the Raiders.

Carl Paganelli, Cavaletto, and Steratore all worked in last year’s Super Bowl.

AFC Championship Game: Ravens at Patriots

Sunday, Jan. 20 (6:30 p.m., CBS)

Bill Leavy is the referee. This is his 18th year and 12th as referee. This is Leavy’s 15th postseason assignment, including 4 wild cards, 8 divisional playoffs, his first conference championship, and Super Bowls XXXIV and XL. It is very unusual for Leavy to have not worked a conference championship but participated in two Super Bowls. At the referee position, you must have a prior conference championship at any position to be eligible to work a Super Bowl. In Leavy’s case, he already worked a Super Bowl as a back judge in his first year he was qualified to do so, thus the conference championship requirement was not enforced.

      Yr. Crew College Occupation
R 127 Bill Leavy 18 Leavy San Jose State retired firefighter
U 31 Chad Brown 21 Carey East Texas State executive manager of facilities/student affairs administration
HL 36 Tony Veteri 21 Blakeman Manhattan College physical education teacher
LJ 45 Jeff Seeman 11 Steratore Minnesota brokerage sales
SJ 67 Doug Rosenbaum 12 Carey Illinois Wesleyan financial consultant
FJ 88 Scott Steenson 22 Winter North Texas commercial real estate broker
BJ 46 Perry Paganelli 15 Parry Hope College retired high school administrator
  • Alternates: Ron Winter (upfield), Rusty Baynes (line), Terrence Miles (deep)
  • Replay official: Mark Burns
  • Replay assistant: Ted Campbell
  • Supervisor: Johnny Grier
  • Observer: Gary Slaughter

Leavy was at New England for a Week 10 game when the Patriots hosted the Bills.

Perry Paganelli worked last year’s NFC Championship, and is the only crew member to have worked a championship or Super Bowl last year.

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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