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Wild Card quick calls: Saints at Eagles



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Follow us here for rolling coverage of the calls and rules interpretations of the Saints-Eagles Wild Card Playoff game from Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. (If you see continue reading below, click it to see the entire feed.)

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Today’s crew his headed by Bill Vinovich. The full crew list is at the bottom of this post.

Saints 26-24, final

Penalties, 11: Saints 7 for 85 yards, Eagles 4 for 38 yards.

Replay, 1: 1 booth review of a fumble, reversed.


Sat • 11:21 pm EDT • Ben Austro

:00 | 4th qtr. Saints — Shayne Graham 32-yard field goal. Saints 26-24.

Sat • 11:11 pm EDT • Ben Austro

4:54 | 4th qtr. Eagles — Zach Ertz 3-yard touchdown pass from Nick Foles. Eagles 24-23.

Sat • 11:08 pm EDT • Mark Schultz


4:00 | 4th qtr.

The crew has had an excellent game.  Time to finish strong!


Sat • 10:55 pm EDT • Ben Austro

8:04 | 4th qtr. Saints — Shayne Graham 35-yard field goal. Saints 23-17.

Sat • 10:47 pm EDT • Ben Austro

11:14 | 4th qtr. Eagles — Alex Henerey 31-yard field goal. Saints 20-17.
:32 | 3rd qtr. Eagles — LeSean McCoy 1-yard touchdown run. Saints 20-14.

Sat • 10:03 pm EDT • Ben Austro

10:08 | 3rd qtr. Saints — Lance Moore 24-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees. Saints 13-7.

Sat • 9:41 pm EDT • Ben Austro

:00 | 2nd qtr. Saints — Shayne Graham 46-yard field goal. Eagles 7-6.

Sat • 9:35 pm EDT • Ben Austro

1:48 | 2nd qtr. Eagles — Riley Cooper 10-yard touchdown pass from Nick Foles. Eagles 7-3.

Sat • 9:15 pm EDT • Ben Austro

8:37 | 2nd qtr. Saints — Shayne Graham 36-yard field goal. Saints 3-0.

Sat • 9:11 pm EDT • Ben Austro

9:08 | 2nd qtr. | Booth review. Call on the field: Saints fumble. Call reversed to down by contact.

Sat • 9:09 pm EDT • Mark Schultz


8:59 2nd qtr.

The officials rule a Jimmy Graham fumble and Eagles recovery.  Bill Vinovich goes under the hood.  It appears that Graham’s shin is down before the ball was knocked out.  It was a bang-bang play but Vinovich, properly in my opinion, saw enough evidence to overturn the call from an Eagles recovery, to a fourth and inches for the Saints.


Sat • 8:28 pm EDT • David Root


12:11 | 1st Qtr.

Drew Brees is flagged for a false start after bobbing his head during the snap count on 4th and 1.  This action will be flagged as it simulates a snap and has been a point of emphasis in the league.  Brees was flagged for a false start on two consecutive plays in Week 8.


Sat • 8:17 pm EDT • Ben Austro


Bill Vinovich is the referee, who is in his 8th year and 5th as referee. This is his 5th postseason assignment (2 Wild Card Playoffs, 2 Divisional Playoffs, and 1 Conference Championship).

Vinovich returned to the field in 2012 after a heart condition left him sidelined in the middle of his career. He capped off last season with the Ravens-Broncos double-overtime playoff game.

      Yr. Crew College Occupation
R 52 Bill Vinovich 9   San Diego accountant, former NFL officiating supervisor
U 81 Roy Ellison 11 Coleman Savannah State technical staff member
HL 91 Jerry Bergman 12 Coleman Robert Morris sales executive
LJ 9 Mark Perlman 13 Leavy Salem teacher
FJ 33 Steve Zimmer 17 Vinovich Hofstra attorney
SJ 58 Jimmy DeBell 5 Vinovich SUNY-Brockport physical education teacher and golf coach
BJ 63 Jim Quirk 4 Vinovich Middlebury financial advisor
  • Alternates: Scott Green, Jeff Lamberth, Jimmy Buchanan
  • Replay official: Bill Spyksma
  • Replay assistant: Terry Sullivan