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Week 17 referee assignments

Bill Vinovich will head the crew for the final regular season game of the season.



The games of Week 17 will all be played on Sunday. The regular season will come to a close with referee Bill Vinovich — who closed out last year’s postseason in the Super Bowl — as the Vikings and the Packers battle for the NFC North title. Games are grouped generally by the impact they have on the playoffs. Teams in italics are seeking a playoff berth. Jerome Boger’s crew and, individually, Jeff Triplette are off this week. (Boger and Triplette swapped bye weeks.)

Sunday, Jan. 3

Games with division title implications

  • Raiders at Chiefs — Tony Corrente
  • Chargers at Broncos — Ron Torbert
  • Vikings at Packers NBC — Bill Vinovich

Games for wild card berth

  • Jets at Bills — Walt Anderson
  • Steelers at Browns — Pete Morelli

Games for top seed positions

  • Patriots at Dolphins — Ed Hochuli
  • Ravens at Bengals — Carl Cheffers
  • Seahawks at Cardinals — Brad Allen
  • Buccaneers at Panthers — Jerome Boger (with Jeff Triplette’s crew)

(also includes Broncos)

No playoff implications

  • Jaguars at Texans* — Terry McAulay
  • Titans at Colts* — Clete Blakeman
  • Washington at Cowboys — John Parry
  • Eagles at Giants — Gene Steratore
  • Lions at Bears — John Hussey
  • Saints at Falcons — Craig Wrolstad
  • Rams at 49ers — Walt Coleman

*-Note: Texans are relatively assured of winning the division, although there are playoff implications for Colts in specific 9-game scenario.

End of the regular season

From Football Zebras editor Ben Austro

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