We have just learned the assignments 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 game: one is designated for the offensive backfield (a referee or umpire), one is on the line of scrimmage (head linesman or line judge), and one is a deep position (side judge, field judge, or back judge).
Saturday, Jan. 5
AFC Wild Card: Bengals at Texans, 4:30 p.m. (NBC)
Alberto Riveron is the referee, who is in his 9th year and 5th as referee. This is his 5th postseason assignment (first Wild Card Playoff, 3 Divisional Playoffs, and 1 Conference Championship).
|R||57||Alberto Riveron||9||Miami||sales, commercial restaurant equipment|
|U||11||Fred Bryan||4||Corrente||Northern Iowa||superintendent, juvenile correctional facility|
|HL||48||Jim Mello||9||Riveron||Northeastern||facilities manager|
|LJ||108||Gary Arthur||16||Winter||Wright State||president, commercial printing company|
|SJ||58||Jimmy DeBell||4||Riveron||SUNY-Brockport||high school teacher|
|BJ||12||Greg Steed||10||Winter||Howard||computer systems analyst|
- Alternates: Gene Steratore (backfield), John McGrath (linesman), Dryol Prioleau (deep)
- Replay official: Larry Nemmers
- Replay assistant: Lou Nazzaro
- Supervisor: Gary Slaughter
- Observer: Duke Carroll
Riveron and Hayes officiated the AFC Championship game last year, DeBell was in the NFC Championship game, and Arthur was in last year’s Super Bowl.
Riveron was in Cincinnati for the Raiders-Bengals game in Week 12.
NFC Wild Card: Vikings at Packers, 8 p.m. (NBC)
Scott Green is the referee, who in is his 22nd year and 8th as referee. This is his 12th postseason assignment (6 Wild Card Playoffs, 2 Divisional Playoffs, 1 Conference Championship, and Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XLIV).
|R||19||Scott Green||22||Delaware||president, government support services|
|U||102||Bruce Stritesky||7||Green||Embry Riddle||airline pilot|
|HL||134||Ed Camp||13||Boger||William Paterson||physical education teacher|
|LJ||32||Jeff Bergman||21||Triplette||Robert Morris||president and chief executive officer, medical services|
|FJ||41||Boris Cheek||17||Green||Morgan State||director of operations and management|
|SJ||116||Mike Weatherford||11||Steratore||Oklahoma State||energy trader|
|BJ||93||Scott Helverson||10||Green||Iowa||sales, printing and promotions|
- Alternates: Paul King (backfield), Tom Stabile (linesman), Greg Gautreaux (deep)
- Replay official: Carl Madsen
- Replay assistant: Gene Cunningham
- Supervisor: Ed Coukart
- Observer: John Schleyer
Green officiated a Week 12 game when the Vikings were visiting the Bears.
Sunday, Jan. 6
AFC Wild Card: Colts at Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Mike Carey is the referee who is in his 23rd year and 17th as referee. This is his 18th postseason assignment (10 Wild Card Playoffs, 5 Divisional Playoffs, 2 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl XLII).
|R||94||Mike Carey||23||Santa Clara||owner, skiing accessories|
|U||49||Rich Hall||9||Hochuli||Arizona||custom cabinetry|
|HL||8||Dana McKenzie||5||Morelli||Toledo||claims adjuster|
|FJ||63||Jim Quirk||3||Leavy||Middlebury||financial advisor|
|SJ||125||Laird Hayes||18||Cheffers||Princeton||professor, physical education & athletics|
|BJ||6||Kirk Dornan||19||Carey||Central Washington||purchasing manager|
- Alternates: John Parry (backfield), Jim Howey (linesman), James Coleman (deep)
- Replay official: Jim Lampetina
- Replay assistant: Jim Pearson
- Supervisor: Johnny Grier
- Observer: Phil Luckett
Last year, Podraza officiated the NFC championship game. Hayes was in the Super Bowl, and had the call of the year.
Carey was in Baltimore when the Ravens hosted the Cowboys in Week 7.
NFC Wild Card: Seahawks at Redskins, 4:30 p.m. (Fox)
Pete Morelli is the referee, who is in his 16th year and 11th as referee. This is his 12th postseason assignment (6 Wild Card Playoffs, 4 Divisional Playoffs, and 2 Conference Championships).
|R||135||Pete Morelli||16||St Mary’s||high school principal|
|U||71||Ruben Fowler||7||Leavy||Huston-Tillotson||retired firefighter|
|HL||74||Derick Bowers||10||Parry||East Central||sales representative|
|FJ||89||Jon Lucivansky||4||Morelli||Minnesota||high school associate principal|
|SJ||97||Tom Hill||14||Winter||Carson Newman||teacher|
|BJ||133||Steve Freeman||12||Triplette||Mississippi State||custom home builder|
- Alternates: Jeff Triplette (backfield), Adrian Hill (linesman), Dave Wyant (deep)
- Replay official: Tommy Moore
- Replay assistant: Bud Alexander
- Supervisor: Neely Dunn
- Observer: Jim Duke
Hill was in the AFC conference championship game last year.
Morelli worked a Redskins-Steelers matchup in Week 8 in Pittsburgh. In that game, Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall was ejected for confronting an official. That incident affected the officiating assignments for today’s game, as Morelli’s head linesman was moved to the Ravens home game.
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I am not particularly into refereeing, but I’m pretty sure the Morelli crew did the Redskins @ Steelers game this season, and I recall that because it sticks out as the only game of the Redskins’ season with very poor officiating…
You are absolutely correct. Thanks. I’m compiling this from multiple sources, and I’m not surprised that slipped.
I am shocked that HL Dana McKenzie will be doing the Skins game. Even after McKenzie said Redskins player DeAngelo Hall threatened to kill him during an altercation during the Steelers game back early in the season. Where Hall claims McKezie called him the N bomb I am even going to say why did the NFL even assign this crew the Seahawks at Redskins game.
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