NFC Wild Card Playoff
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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.
4:00 | 4th qtr.
The crew has had an excellent game. Time to finish strong!
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.
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.
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).
|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|
|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