In an attempt to narrow down potential assignments, Football Zebras has learned from multiple sources that last year’s Super Bowl referee, Jerome Boger, did not receive a playoff assignment this season. Also not receiving an assignment are Mike Carey and John Parry.
Missing the playoffs the year following a Super Bowl assignment is not unprecedented. In fact, this is the fifth consecutive year that a Super Bowl referee did not officiate in the next postseason: Parry before Boger, then Walt Anderson, Scott Green, and Terry McAulay.
Carey followed up Super Bowl XLII with a divisional playoff game in the 2009 season.
The league informs officials who did not qualify for a playoff assignment as a courtesy, so that they do not need to make contingencies with their other employer.
Eliminating the above and the officials who have a wild card or divisional playoff assignment (including alternates), these referees are eligible for the conference championships:
- Walt Coleman
- Tony Corrente
- Bill Leavy
- Gene Steratore
- Ron Winter