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.
|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|
|BJ||38||Greg Yette||11||Torbert||Howard||defense contractor|
- Replay official: Saleem Choudhry
- Replay assistant: Dexter McNabb
- 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.
|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
- 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.
|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|
|BJ||12||Greg Steed||18||Hill||Howard||computer systems analyst|
- Replay official: Matt Sumstine
- Replay assistant: Chris Scott
- 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.
|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
- Referee: Jerome Boger
- Umpire: Bruce Stritesky
- Line of scrimmage: Mark Stewart (LJ)
- Deep wing: Rick Patterson (FJ)
- Back judge: Greg Wilson