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Week 17 referee assignments

Bill Vinovich will be the referee for the clash between the Panthers and Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which will greatly help in cementing the playoff landscape of the NFC.

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Bill Vinovich will be the referee for the clash between the Panthers and Falcons at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, which will greatly help in cementing the playoff landscape of the NFC. Carl Cheffers and his crew have the week off.

In recent weeks, the officiating department has been moving around the assignments of some crews after the schedule has been set, so once again, Football Zebras reiterates that these assignments are potentially subject to change in the coming days. Update: All assignments have been confirmed by the NFL.

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.

See our partner site, Quirky Research, for more on the tiebreakers in the NFC seeds and AFC seeds. 

Sunday, Dec. 31

Game affecting division and wild card

  • Panthers2/3/4/5 at Falcons6/0 (4:25 p.m.)  —  Bill Vinovich

Game to clinch division

  • Saints3/4/5 at Buccaneers (4:25 p.m.)  —  Walt Anderson

Games for wild card qualification

  • Bengals at Ravens5/6/0 (4:25 p.m.)  —  Ron Torbert
  • Raiders at Chargers6/0 (4:25 p.m.)  —  Ed Hochuli
  • Bills5/6/0 at Dolphins (4:25 p.m.)  —  Jeff Triplette
  • Cardinals at Seahawks6/0 (4:25 p.m.)  —  Walt Coleman
  • Jaguars3 at Titans5/6/0 (4:25 p.m.)  —  Tony Corrente

Games with top seed implications

  • Bears at Vikings2/3 (1 p.m.)  —  Craig Wrolstad
  • Jets at Patriots1/2 (1 p.m.)  —  Brad Allen
  • Browns at Steelers1/2 (1 p.m.)  —  Jerome Boger

Game affecting other conference seedings

  • 49ers at Rams3/4 (4:25 p.m.)  —  Terry McAulay

No playoff implications

  • Texans at Colts (1 p.m.)  —  Gene Steratore
  • Packers at Lions (1 p.m.)  —  Pete Morelli
  • Washington at Giants (1 p.m.)  —  John Hussey
  • Cowboys at Eagles1 (1 p.m.)  —  John Parry
  • Chiefs4 at Broncos (4:25 p.m.)  —  Clete Blakeman

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End of regular season

NFC tiebreakers entering Week 17

AFC Tiebreakers entering Week 17

Cam Filipe is a forensic scientist from Massachusetts and has been involved in football officiating for 11 years. Cam is in his third season as a high school football official. This is his eighth season covering NFL officiating for Football Zebras.

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