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Week 17 referee assignments

Jerome Boger will be the referee for Game 256 — the Sunday night game which will determine the NFC North champion. Ed Hochuli and his crew have the week off.

All games are on Sunday and are listed below based on their impact on the playoff picture. Potential (or clinched) playoff seeds are shown in superscripted numbers, with zeros indicating teams that have not clinched a playoff spot. Times listed are Eastern.

Sunday, Jan.  1

Game for division title

  • Packers3/4/6/0 at Lions2/3/4/6/0, 8:30 p.m. NBC — Jerome Boger

Games with division title and top seed implications

  • Raiders1/2/5 at Broncos, 4:25 p.m. — Brad Allen
  • Chiefs2/5/6 at Chargers, 4:25 p.m. — Walt Anderson

Games for wild card qualification

  • Giants5 vs. Washington6/0, 4:25 p.m. — Gene Steratore
  • Panthers vs. Buccaneers6/0, 1 p.m. — Carl Cheffers
    • Buccaneers also need wins  by DAL, IND, TEN, SF, and DET, and NYG-WAS tie

Games with top seed implications

  • Patriots1/2 at Dolphins5/6, 1 p.m. — John Parry
    • Dolphins can move up in wild card seed
  • Saints at Falcons2/3/4, 4:25 p.m. — Ron Torbert
  • Seahawks2/3/4  at 49ers, 4:25 p.m. — Tony Corrente

No playoff implications

  • Ravens at Bengals, 1 p.m. — Pete Morelli
  • Jaguars at Colts, 1 p.m. — Clete Blakeman
  • Bears at Vikings, 1 p.m. — Terry McAulay
  • Bills at Jets, 1 p.m. — Jeff Triplette
  • Cowboys1 at Eagles, 1 p.m. — Walt Coleman
  • Browns at Steelers3, 1 p.m. — John Hussey
  • Texans4  at Titans, 1 p.m. — Bill Vinovich
  • Cardinals at Rams, 4:25 p.m. — Craig Wrolstad

End of regular season


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7 thoughts on “Week 17 referee assignments

  1. Why is such an awful official (Boger) given a prime time game that decides a division in Week 17?

  2. Boger got that game because the schedule was made up long before we knew that that match-up would be Flexed to the final Sunday Night Football slot. The NFL has probably purchased tickets well in advance for the officials to get from their hometown to Green Bay. Unless there is a better crew that is eligible for this game and Boger is eligible to work the game that crew is presently scheduled for then it gets quite complex to reschedule at the last moment. Keep in mind that in addition to not having a crew work a team more than twice in one season or not in Weeks 13 through 16 inclusive, the NFL tries to avoid having a crew work 2 home games of any particular team. I concur that I am not a fan of Boger’s performance this season, but the remainder of his crew is not noticeably better or worse than any of the other crews this year.

  3. The NFL does NOT purchase travel tickets -first class I may add-for their officials ! Each official is given a NFL credit card and they are responsible for getting their own travel and expenses charged to the aforementioned credit card. Each official goes first class as I mentioned and it is up to them to explain all their expenses . FYI

  4. Lisa, maybe it was different in 2012, but I know NFL bought all travel expenses OR reimbursed for driving mileage. The officials can use their own CC to rack up SERIOUS airline and/or hotel points/miles even though they do not pay for them. They also get per diems for meals, AND their uniforms paid for as well. Not bad for “PART TIME” employees. Oh, yeah, don’t forget a RETIREMENT PLAN to boot.

  5. Assignments. With all the variables involved it is just the way it works. Next week wild card time we start to put the pieces together on how all the officials ranked during the year.I will have more to add next week when I am sure the prediction games begin on this sight. As always it will be fun. Happy New Year.

  6. I hope they didn’t buy tickets for the refs to fly to Green Bay …. since the game is in Detroit Sunday night! Hey wait a second…. that might not be so bad! Hahaha

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