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2017 Divisional Playoffs

Vinovich, Torbert, Allen, and Steratore will lead Divisional Playoff crews

Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating crews for this weekend’s Divisional Playoffs.



Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating crews for the Divisional Playoffs. 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 (down judge 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 his service as an NFL official, including as referee and any other crew position (excluding alternate assignments). 

Also of note, the eventual Super Bowl officials are working this weekend’s games, but not all are from the same crew.

Saturday, Jan. 13

Falcons at Eagles, 4:35 p.m. NBC 

Bill Vinovich is the referee, who is in his 12th season and 9th as referee. This is his 10th postseason assignment, including 2 Wild Card Playoffs, 4 Divisional Playoffs, 3 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl XLIX.

      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 52 Bill Vinovich 13   San Diego accountant, former NFL officiating supervisor
U 131 Mark Pellis 4 Parry Allegheny financial advisor
DJ 134 Ed Camp 18 Boger William Paterson physical education teacher*
LJ 18 Byron Boston 23 Anderson Austin tax consultant
FJ 97 Tom Hill 19 Allen Carson Newman teacher*
SJ 56 Allen Baynes 10 Hussey Auburn realtor
BJ 83 Shawn Hochuli 4 Allen Claremont financial advisor

*indicates full-time official

  • Replay: Charles Stewart
  • Alternates: Terry McAulay (R), Hugo Cruz (DJ), Mike Weatherford (FJ)

Titans at Patriots, 8:15 p.m. CBS

Ron Torbert is the referee, who is in his 8th season and 4th as referee. This is his 6th postseason assignment, including 3 Wild Card Playoffs and 3 Divisional Playoffs; he has received a playoff assignment in every year he was eligible.

      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 62 Ron Torbert 8   Michigan State attorney
U 102 Bruce Stritesky 12 Vinovich Embry Riddle airline pilot
DJ 6 Jerod Phillips 2 Anderson Northeastern State elementary school teacher
LJ 9 Mark Perlman 17 Vinovich Salem teacher*
FJ 104 Dale Shaw 5 Hochuli Allegheny pharmaceutical sales
SJ 3 Scott Edwards 19 Torbert Alabama environmental engineer
BJ 46 Perry Paganelli 20 Parry Hope College retired high school administrator

*indicates full-time official

  • Replay: Darryll Lewis
  • Alternates: Clete Blakeman (R), Gary Arthur (LJ), Steve Patrick (BJ)

Sunday, Jan. 14

Jaguars at Steelers, 1:05 p.m. CBS 

Brad Allen is the referee, who is in his 4th season. This is Allen’s second playoff assignment, and previously worked a Wild Card Playoff. Allen was hired directly to the referee position from the NCAA in 2014. 

      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 122 Brad Allen 4   Pembroke State non-profit CEO*
U 20 Barry Anderson 11 Wrolstad North Carolina State builder/developer*
DJ 91 Jerry Bergman 16 McAulay Robert Morris sales executive
LJ 10 Julian Mapp 9 Wrolstad Grambling State project leader
FJ 73 Joe Larrew 16 Blakeman St Louis attorney
SJ 87 Walt Coleman IV 3 Boger Southern Methodist financial advisor
BJ 93 Scott Helverson 15 Hochuli Iowa sales, printing and promotions*

*indicates full-time official

  • Replay: Jim Lapetina
  • Alternates: Walt Anderson (R), Carl Johnson (LJ), Greg Steed (BJ)

Saints at Vikings, 4:40 p.m. FOX

Gene Steratore is the referee, who is in his 15th season and 12th as referee. This is his 11th postseason assignment, including 3 Wild Card Playoffs, 6 Divisional Playoffs, and 2 Conference Championships.

      Yrs 2017 crew College Occupation
R 114 Gene Steratore 15   Kent State co-owner, supply company
U 81 Roy Ellison 15 Steratore Savannah State technical staff member
DJ 100 Tom Symonette 14 Cheffers Florida certified public accountant
LJ 84 Mark Steinkerchner 24 Torbert Akron vice-president*
FJ 1 Scott Novak 4 Coleman Phoenix sales manager
SJ 41 Boris Cheek 22 Morelli Morgan State director of operations and management*
BJ 78 Greg Meyer 16 Vinovich Texas Christian banker

*indicates full-time official

  • Replay: Paul Weidner
  • Alternates: Craig Wrolstad (R), Jim Mello (DJ), Greg Yette (BJ)

Cam Filipe is a forensic scientist and has been involved in football officiating for 12 years. Cam is in his fourth season as a high school football official. This is his ninth season covering NFL officiating for Football Zebras.

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