As we tee up “Super Wild Card Weekend” let’s break down some of the wild card officiating assignments.
This weekend sees NFL officials calling their first-ever playoff assignment:
• Mike Carr, down judge number 63 (sixth season, 2021 Pro Bowl)
• Mike Dolce, down judge number 123 (third season, 2021 alternate)
• Tom Eaton, line judge number 87 (third season, 2021 alternate)
• Anthony Flemming, field judge number 90
And, this is side judge Clay Reynard’s first-ever playoff assignment as an alternate.
Additionally, this is umpire Steve Woods (number 54) first playoff game on the field, although it is not his first assignment. The sixth-year umpire has had two alternate assignments. He was also assigned a 2020 wild card game on the field, but did not officiate that game for unspecified reasons.
The Giants-Vikings wild card game will be the first on-field game for Adrian Hill as a referee. Hill worked two playoff games as a side judge and has been an alternate referee. But this is the first time he’ll toss the coin in a playoff.
One awesome streak
Long playoff streaks are more rare these days. Heck, even Ed Hochuli and Terry McAulay missed an on-field playoff assignment a year or two.
So, we must take a moment and recognize line judge Mark Perlman. In his 22nd year, this is Perlman’s 20th straight year getting an onfield assignment in the playoffs. The next-closest streak is down judge Kent Payne with a 17-year streak (with a chance to make it 18 this season). To the best of our knowledge, the all-time playoff streak belongs to the late umpire Al Conway, who officiated in the playoffs 23 straight years.
Just a note on two other referee alternates. This is the second straight year Brad Rogers and Land Clark have alternate referee assignments. They haven’t yet gotten an on-field assignment yet as a referee, but both are still in the running for the divisional and conference championship round.