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2015 Postseason

Wrolstad, Blakeman, Corrente, McAulay get Divisional round assignments



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Football Zebras has confirmed the crews for the Divisional Playoff weekend. Officials are listed with their uniform number, years of NFL 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: generally, 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). When alternates are listed, their position during the regular season is also given. The prior playoff experience that is listed for the crew chief includes service as an NFL official, including as referee and any other crew position (excluding alternate assignments).

Saturday, Jan. 16

Chiefs at Patriots, 4:35 p.m. (CBS)

Craig Wrolstad is the referee, who is in his 13th year and 2nd as referee. This is the first season he is eligible for a postseason assignment at the referee position. (First-year referees cannot qualify for postseason assignments.) This is his 10th postseason assignment, including 4 Wild Card Playoffs, 3 Divisional Playoffs, 2 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl XLVII. His Super Bowl assignment was as a field judge.

      Yrs 2015 crew College Occupation
R 4 Craig Wrolstad 13   Washington athletic director
U 81 Roy Ellison 13 Wrolstad Savannah State technical staff member
HL 110 Phil McKinnely 14 Vinovich UCLA inventory control
LJ 59 Rusty Baynes 6 Hochuli Auburn-Montgomery general manager, safety services
FJ 41 Boris Cheek 20 Coleman Morgan State director of operations and management
SJ 60 Gary Cavaletto 13 Vinovich Hancock general manager, agricultural operations
BJ 105 Dino Paganelli 10 Steratore Aquinas College educator
  • Replay official: Mike Wimmer
  • Alternates: Bill Vinovich (R), Dan Ferrell (U), Byron Boston (LJ)

Packers at Cardinals, 8:15 p.m. (NBC)

Clete Blakeman is the referee, who is in his 8th season and 6th as referee. This is Blakeman’s 5th postseason assignment, including 3 Wild Card Playoffs and 2 Divisional Playoffs; he has only missed the playoffs one season in which he was eligible.

      Yrs 2015 crew College Occupation
R 34 Clete Blakeman 8   Nebraska attorney
U 44 Jeff Rice 21 Blakeman Northwestern attorney
HL 37 Jim Howey 17 Torbert Erskine College director of adult education
LJ 45 Jeff Seeman 14 Boger Minnesota brokerage sales
FJ 72 Michael Banks 14 McAulay Illinois State carpenter foreman
SJ 78 Greg Meyer 14 Hochuli Texas Christian banker
BJ 61 Keith Ferguson 16 Hussey San Jose State sales


  • Replay official: Charles Stewart
  • Alternates: Mark Hittner (HL), Steve Zimmer (FJ), Allen Baynes (SJ)


Sunday, Jan. 17

Seahawks at Panthers, 1 p.m. (Fox)

Tony Corrente is the referee, who is in his 21st season and 18th as referee. This will be Corrente’s 15th postseason assignment, including 5 Wild Card Playoffs, 4 Divisional Playoffs, 5 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl XLI. His Super Bowl assignment was as a referee.

      Yrs 2015 crew College Occupation
R 99 Tony Corrente 21   Cal State-Fullerton college officiating coordinator
U 115 Tony Michalek 14 Hussey Indiana USA Football officiating director
HL 13 Patrick Turner 2 Hochuli Cal State-Long Beach plant manager
LJ 32 Jeff Bergman 24 Triplette Robert Morris president and chief executive officer, medical services
FJ 29 Adrian Hill 6 Hochuli Buffalo software engineer
SJ 80 Greg Gautreaux 14 Parry SW Louisiana athletic programs manager
BJ 93 Scott Helverson 13 Hochuli Iowa sales, printing and promotions


  • Replay official: Howard Slavin
  • Alternates: Ed Hochuli (R), Rich Hall (U), Carl Johnson (LJ)

Steelers at Broncos, 4:40 p.m. (CBS)

Terry McAulay is the referee, who is in his 18th year and 15th as referee. This is McAulay’s 16th postseason assignment, including 2 Wild Card Playoffs, 4 Divisional Playoffs, 7 Conference Championships, and Super Bowls XXXIX, XLIII, and XLVIII. His Super Bowl assignments were all as a referee.

      Yrs 2015 crew College Occupation
R 77 Terry McAulay 18   Louisiana State college officiating coordinator
U 92 Bryan Neale 2 McAulay Indiana sales consultant
HL 106 Wayne Mackie 9 Hussey Colgate director of operations, housing
LJ 47 Tim Podraza 8 Cheffers Nebraska corporate real estate
FJ 15 Rick Patterson 20 Morelli Wofford banker
SJ 3 Scott Edwards 17 Torbert Alabama environmental engineer
BJ 83 Shawn Hochuli 2 Allen Claremont financial advisor


  • Replay official: Earnie Frantz
  • Alternates: Kent Payne (HL), Dyrol Prioleau (FJ), Joe Larrew (SJ)

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