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2021 Wild Card Playoffs

Boger, Allen, Wrolstad, Kemp, Smith, and Martin are Wild Card referees

The six referees for Wild Card Weekend have been announced.



Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating crews for the Wild Card Playoffs. This is the second year of the expanded playoff system that now features six Wild Card Playoff games.

In 2020, the NFL moved to five alternates for the early postseason rounds, which will continue this season. 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. Officials who have alternate assignments are still eligible for an on-field assignment in the Divisional Playoffs.

All times are Eastern. 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).

Scheduled assignments are subject to change.

Saturday, Jan. 15

AFC Wild Card: Raiders at Bengals, 4:30 p.m. NBC Peacock

Jerome Boger is the referee, who is in his 18th season and 16th as referee. This is Boger’s 7th postseason assignment, including 2 Wild Card Playoffs, 4 Divisional Playoffs and Super Bowl XLVII.

Yrs2021 crewCollegeOccupation
R23Jerome Boger18 Morehouse Collegeretired commercial insurance underwriter
U20Barry Anderson15BogerNorth Carolina Statebuilder/developer
DJ44Frank LeBlanc2BogerLamar Institute of Technologyneighborhood services manager
LJ84Mark Steinkerchner28TorbertAkronvice president
FJ57Joe Blubaugh2VinovichPittsburg Stateregional sales manager
SJ118David Meslow11NovakAugsburg Collegesales executive
BJ96Matt Edwards4CheffersWestern Michiganhealthcare sales
RO Tyler Cerimeli4HochuliArizona Statehigh school officials coordinator
RA Mark Bitar2HochuliSeton Hallteacher
ALTRJohn Hussey20 Idaho Statesales representative
ALTUAlan Eck6HusseyBloomsburg Statetax manager
ALTDJTom Stephan23ClarkPittsburg Stateretired business broker
ALTSJJeff Lamberth20WrolstadTexas A&Mattorney
ALTBJGreg Yette12AllenHowarddefense contractor

AFC Wild Card: Patriots at Bills, 8:15 p.m. CBS Para+

In this AFC East postseason battle, Brad Allen is the referee. He is in his 8th season after being hired directly to the referee position from the ACC in 2014. This is Allen’s 4th postseason assignment, including 3 Wild Card Playoffs and a Divisional Playoff.  

Yrs2021 crewCollegeOccupation
R122Brad Allen8 Pembroke Statenon-profit CEO
U131Mark Pellis8TorbertAlleghenyfinancial advisor
DJ8Dana McKenzie14BlakemanToledoclaims adjuster
LJ10Julian Mapp13BlakemanGrambling Statesoftware quality assurance tester
FJ50Aaron Santi7RogersSouthern Oregonmiddle school principal
SJ114Dominique Pender2RogersHowardtrade support, finance and banking
BJ46Perry Paganelli24BlakemanHope Collegeretired high school administrator
RO Andrew Lambert4CheffersCentral Virginia Community Collegebusiness development
RA Kirt Shay3CheffersXavierteacher
ALTRScott Novak8 Phoenixsales manager
ALTUBruce Stritesky16AllenEmbry Riddleairline pilot
ALTDJKevin Codey7TorbertWestern New Englandmiddle school physical education teacher
ALTFJTom Hill23HochuliCarson Newmanretired teacher/coach
ALTBJJimmy Russell3VinovichPasco Hernando Stateinsurance agent

Sunday, Jan. 16

NFC Wild Card: Eagles at Buccaneers, 1:00 p.m. FOX

Craig Wrolstad, a 19-year official and 8-year referee, will be in Tampa on Sunday. This is his 12th postseason assignment, including 5 Wild Card Playoffs, 4 Divisional Playoffs, 2 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl XLVII. His Super Bowl assignment was as a field judge.

Yrs2021 crewCollegeOccupation
R4Craig Wrolstad19 Washingtonathletic director
U81Roy Ellison19HillSavannah StateIT engineer
DJ13Patrick Turner8CorrenteCal State-Long Beachplant manager
LJ85Daniel Gallagher2AllenKent Stateathletic programs manager
FJ80Greg Gautreaux19(swing)SW Louisianaaccounting
SJ125Chad Hill4HochuliMississippimedical sales
BJ88Brad Freeman8HusseyMississippi Statesports park director
RO Kevin Stine4WrolstadAlabama-Birminghamregional sales manager
RA Gavin Anderson3WrolstadGreen Riverpolice officer
ALTRCarl Cheffers22 California-Irvinesales manager
ALTUTra Blake2CheffersCentral Floridasoftware quality assurance manager
ALTDJKent Payne18RogersNebraska Wesleyanagribusinessman
ALTFJJames Coleman17MartinArkansaselectrical engineer
ALTBJTerrence Miles14NovakArizona Statequality control manager

NFC Wild Card: 49ers at Cowboys, 4:30 p.m. CBS NICK Para+ Prime

Alex Kemp is the referee, who is in his 8th season and 4th as referee. This is Kemp’s 4th postseason assignment; all 4 have been Wild Card Playoff games.

Yrs2021 crewCollegeOccupation
R55Alex Kemp8 Central Michiganinsurance agent
U128Ramon George6NovakLenoir-Rhynefinancial underwriter
DJ48Jim Mello18WrolstadNortheasternfacilities manager
LJ75Mark Stewart4HillPittsburg Staterancher
FJ42Nate Jones3CheffersRutgersfirefighter/EMT
SJ107Dave Hawkshaw3SmithJustice Institute of British Columbiafirefighter
BJ27Grantis Bell2WrolstadWest Virginiaschool counselor
RO Mike Chase5KempArizona Statesenior portfolio manager
RA Durwood Manley3KempLubbock Christiansales territory manager
ALTRLand Clark4 Sevier Valley Techchief building official
ALTUTerry Killens3HochuliPenn Statecampus security specialist
ALTLJMike Dolce2SmithGrand Valley Statewealth management advisor
ALTFJMichael Banks20ClarkIllinois Statecarpenter foreman
ALTBJGreg Wilson14MartinUSCretired police officer

AFC Wild Card: Steelers at Chiefs, 8:15 p.m. NBC Peacock

Shawn Smith will be the referee in Kansas City. He is in his 7th season and 4th as referee. This is Smith’s 6th postseason assignment, including 4 Wild Card Playoffs, a Divisional Playoff, and a Conference Championship.

Yrs2021 crewCollegeOccupation
R14Shawn Smith7 Ferris Statefinance
U110Tab Slaughter2BlakemanArkansas Statechief operating officer
DJ106Patrick Holt3VinovichNorth Carolina StateIT manager
LJ47Tim Podraza14CorrenteNebraskabusiness performance consultant
FJ117John Jenkins8KempSt. Mary’ssales executive
SJ86Jimmy Buchanan13VinovichSouth Carolina Statefood service director
BJ39Rich Martinez8HochuliCanisiussales manager
RO Kevin Brown3RogersPurdueretired air traffic controller
RA Bob Hubbell2RogersTexas A&Msteel sales
ALTRBrad Rogers5 Lubbock Christiancollege professor
ALTUTony Michalek20VinovichIndianachief executive officer
ALTLJJeff Seeman20CheffersMinnesotabrokerage sales
ALTSJAllen Baynes14HusseyAuburnrealtor
ALTBJSteve Patrick8BogerJacksonville Stateowner, supply company

Monday, Jan. 17

NFC Wild Card: Cardinals at Rams, 8:15 p.m. ABC ESPN ESPN2 ESPN+

The referee for this NFC West playoff clash is Clay Martin, who is in his 7th season as an NFL official and 4th as referee. This is Martin’s 3rd postseason assignment, including 2 Wild Card Playoffs and a Divisional Playoff.

Yrs2021 crewCollegeOccupation
R19Clay Martin7 Oklahoma Baptisthigh school administrator
U124Carl Paganelli22RogersMichigan Stateretired federal probation officer
DJ113Danny Short5AllenNorth Carolina-Charlotteexecutive director, global sales operations
LJ40Brian Bolinger5ClarkIndiana Statecorporate safety director
FJ26Jabir Walker7HusseyMurray Statemiddle school teacher
SJ104Dale Shaw9KempAlleghenypharmaceutical sales
BJ67Tony Josselyn4TorbertEastern Kentuckyprobation officer
RO Brian Matoren17MartinFloridawriter/producer
RA Randy Campbell2MartinKansas Stateoil and gas
ALTRAdrian Hill12 Buffaloaerospace software engineer
ALTUSteve Woods5WrolstadWabashfinancial advisor
ALTLJTom Eaton2RogersCentral Floridafiscal manager
ALTFJDyrol Prioleau15SmithJohnson C Smithmanager, law firm
ALTBJGreg Meyer20ClarkTexas Christianbanker

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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