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2020 Divisional Playoffs

Torbert, Cheffers, Martin, and Hochuli are Divisional Playoff referees

Football Zebras has confirmed the officials who will be working this weekend’s Divisional Playoff games.



Football Zebras has confirmed the referees 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.

This year, the NFL has moved to five alternates for the early postseason rounds, up one from previous years. The alternate officials are a referee, an umpire, a line of scrimmage official (down judge or line judge), a deep wing official (field judge or side judge), and a back judge.

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 on the field for this weekend’s games, but not all are from the same crew.

We saw alternates take the field in the Wild Card Playoff round, so as always, scheduled assignments are subject to change due to the pandemic.

Saturday, Jan. 16

NFC Divisional: Rams at Packers, 4:35 p.m. Fox

Ron Torbert is the referee, who is in his 11th season and 7th as referee. This is Torbert’s 8th postseason assignment, including 3 Wild Card Playoffs and 5 Divisional Playoffs.

Yrs2020 crewCollegeOccupation
R 62 Ron Torbert 11   Michigan State attorney
U 131 Mark Pellis 7 Torbert Allegheny financial advisor
DJ 37 Tripp Sutter 2 Clark Nebraska biopharmaceutical rep
LJ 59 Rusty Baynes 11 Boger Auburn-Montgomery general manager, safety services
FJ 95 James Coleman 16 Torbert Arkansas electrical engineer
SJ 120 Jonah Monroe 6 Torbert Arkansas engineer
BJ 38 Greg Yette 11 Torbert Howard defense contractor

  • Replay official: Saleem Choudhry
  • Replay assistant: Dexter McNabb
  • Alternates:
    • Referee: Scott Novak
    • Umpire: Bryan Neale
    • Line of scrimmage: Danny Short (DJ)
    • Deep wing: Terry Brown (FJ)
    • Back judge: Tony Josselyn

AFC Divisional: Ravens at Bills, 8:15 p.m. NBC

Carl Cheffers is the referee, who is in his 21st season and 13th as referee. This is Cheffers’ 14th postseason assignment, including 5 Wild Card Playoffs, 6 Divisional Playoffs, 2 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl LI.

Yrs2020 crewCollegeOccupation
R 51 Carl Cheffers 21   California-Irvine sales manager
U 11 Fred Bryan 12 Blakeman Northern Iowa superintendent, juvenile correctional facility
DJ 134 Ed Camp 21 Hill William Paterson physical education teacher
LJ 24 David Oliver 4 Novak Baker information systems manager
FJ 25 Ryan Dickson 4 Corrente Utah commercial real estate developer
SJ 117 John Jenkins 7 Novak St. Mary’s sales executive
BJ 78 Greg Meyer 19 Rogers Texas Christian banker

  • Replay official: Mike Wimmer
  • Replay assistant: Brian Uhrmacher
  • Alternates:
    • Referee: Alex Kemp
    • Umpire: Paul King
    • Line of scrimmage: Patrick Holt (DJ)
    • Deep wing: Scott Edwards (SJ)
    • Back judge: Rich Martinez

Sunday, Jan. 17

AFC Divisional: Browns at Chiefs, 3:05 p.m. CBS

Clay Martin is the referee, who is in his 6th season and 3rd as referee. This is Martin’s 2nd postseason assignment, and his first as referee. His first assignment, a Wild Card Playoff, was as an umpire.

Yrs2020 crewCollegeOccupation
R 19 Clay Martin 6   Oklahoma Baptist high school administrator
U 81 Roy Ellison 18 Hussey Savannah State IT engineer
DJ 6 Jerod Phillips 5 Rogers Northeastern State elementary school teacher
LJ 84 Mark Steinkerchner 27 Smith Akron vice president
FJ 118 David Meslow 10 Vinovich Augsburg College sales executive
SJ 56 Allen Baynes 13 Hussey Auburn realtor
BJ 12 Greg Steed 18 Hill Howard computer systems analyst

  • Replay official: Matt Sumstine
  • Replay assistant: Chris Scott
  • Alternates:
    • Referee: John Hussey
    • Umpire: Dan Ferrell
    • Line of scrimmage: Mark Perlman (LJ)
    • Deep wing: Boris Cheek (SJ)
    • Back judge: Terrence Miles

NFC Divisional: Buccaneers at Saints, 6:40 p.m. Fox

Shawn Hochuli is the referee, who is in his 7th season and 3nd as referee. This is Hochuli’s 5th postseason assignment, including a Wild Card Playoff and 4 Divisional Playoffs.

Yrs2020 crewCollegeOccupation
R 83 Shawn Hochuli 7   Claremont financial advisor
U 77 Terry Killens 2 Martin Penn State campus security specialist
DJ 53 Sarah Thomas 6 Hochuli Mobile sales representative
LJ 68 Tom Stephan 22 Blakeman Pittsburg State retired business broker
FJ 50 Aaron Santi 6 Wrolstad Southern Oregon middle school principal
SJ 103 Eugene Hall 7 Rogers North Texas federal agent
BJ 105 Dino Paganelli 15 Smith Aquinas College educator

  • Replay official: Roddy Ames
  • Replay assistant: Alton James
  • Alternates:
    • Referee: Jerome Boger
    • Umpire: Bruce Stritesky
    • Line of scrimmage: Mark Stewart (LJ)
    • Deep wing: Rick Patterson (FJ)
    • Back judge: Greg Wilson

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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