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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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|
|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)