Football Zebras learned the referees assigned for the Divisional Playoffs and we are working to confirm the full crews.
Five alternates are assigned to each game: 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.
All times are Eastern. Scheduled assignments are subject to change.
Saturday, Jan. 21
AFC Divisional: Jaguars at Chiefs, 4:30 p.m. NBC Peacock
Shawn Hochuli is the referee, who is in his 9th season and 5th as referee. This is Hochuli’s 7th postseason assignment, including a Wild Card Playoff and 6 Divisional Playoffs.
|R||83||Shawn Hochuli||9||Claremont||financial advisor|
|U||121||Paul King||14||Clark||Nichols College||teacher|
|DJ||113||Danny Short||6||Kemp||North Carolina-Charlotte||executive director, global sales operations|
|LJ||98||Greg Bradley||14||Hochuli||Tennessee||chemical engineer|
|FJ||43||Terry Brown||17||Blakeman||Tennessee||court director|
|SJ||125||Chad Hill||5||Hochuli||Mississippi||medical sales|
|BJ||78||Greg Meyer||21||Clark||Texas Christian||banker|
|RO||Tyler Cerimeli||5||Hochuli||Arizona State||high school officials coordinator|
|RA||Mark Bitar||3||Hochuli||Seton Hall||teacher|
|ALT||R||Brad Allen||9||Pembroke State||non-profit CEO|
|ALT||U||Tab Slaughter||3||Blakeman||Arkansas State||chief operating officer|
|ALT||DJ||Patrick Holt||4||Hochuli||North Carolina State||IT manager|
|ALT||FJ||Anthony Flemming||3||Hochuli||Texas A&M-Commerce||senior auditor|
|ALT||BJ||Tony Josselyn||5||Torbert||Eastern Kentucky||probation officer|
NFC Divisional: Giants at Eagles, 8:15 p.m. Fox
Clete Blakeman is the referee, who is in his 15th season and 13th as referee. This is Blakeman’s 13th postseason assignment, including 4 Wild Card Playoffs, 5 Divisional Playoffs, 3 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl 50.
|U||124||Carl Paganelli||23||Rogers||Michigan State||retired federal probation officer|
|DJ||6||Jerod Phillips||7||Martin||Northeastern State||elementary school teacher|
|LJ||65||Walt Coleman IV||8||Novak||Southern Methodist||portfolio manager|
|SJ||103||Eugene Hall||9||Cheffers||North Texas||federal agent|
|BJ||46||Perry Paganelli||25||Blakeman||Hope College||retired high school administrator|
|ALT||R||Craig Wrolstad||20||Washington||athletic director|
|ALT||U||Steve Woods||6||Wrolstad||Wabash||financial advisor|
|ALT||LJ||Jeff Seeman||21||Cheffers||Minnesota||brokerage sales|
|ALT||BJ||Scott Helverson||20||Kemp||Iowa||sales, printing and promotions|
Sunday, Jan. 22
AFC Divisional: Bengals at Bills, 3:00 p.m. CBS PARA+
Carl Cheffers is the referee, who is in his 23rd season and 15th as referee. This is Cheffers’s 17th postseason assignment, including 5 Wild Card Playoffs, 7 Divisional Playoffs, 3 Conference Championships, and Super Bowls LI and LV. Both of his Super Bowl assignments were as a referee.
|R||51||Carl Cheffers||23||California-Irvine||sales manager|
|U||81||Roy Ellison||20||Hill||Savannah State||IT engineer|
|DJ||24||David Oliver||6||Hill||Baker||information systems manager|
|LJ||32||Jeff Bergman||30||Kemp||Robert Morris||president and chief executive officer, medical services|
|FJ||117||John Jenkins||9||Kemp||St. Mary’s||sales executive|
|SJ||36||Anthony Jeffries||5||Rogers||Alabama-Birmingham||medical sales|
|BJ||105||Dino Paganelli||17||Smith||Aquinas College||educator|
|RO||Kevin Brown||4||Cheffers||Purdue||retired air traffic controller|
|RA||Larry Hanson||3||Allen||California-San Diego||health and safety|
|ALT||R||Alex Kemp||9||Central Michigan||insurance agent|
|ALT||U||Tony Michalek||21||Blake||Indiana||chief executive officer|
|ALT||LJ||Tom Eaton||3||Rogers||Central Florida||fiscal manager|
|ALT||FJ||Tom Hill||24||Blake||Carson Newman||retired teacher/coach|
|ALT||BJ||Terrence Miles||15||Novak||Arizona State||quality control manager|
NFC Divisional: Cowboys at 49ers, 6:40 p.m. Fox
Bill Vinovich is the referee, who is in his 17th season and 14th as referee. This is his 17th postseason assignment, including 3 Wild Card Playoffs, 6 Divisional Playoffs, 6 Conference Championships, and Super Bowls XLIX and LIV. Both of his Super Bowl assignments were as a referee.
|R||52||Bill Vinovich||17||San Diego||certified public accountant|
|U||92||Bryan Neale||9||Smith||Indiana||sales consultant|
|DJ||28||Mark Hittner||26||Smith||Pittsburg State||investment broker|
|LJ||59||Rusty Baynes||13||Boger||Auburn-Montgomery||general manager, safety services|
|SJ||58||Don Willard||5||Blake||Illinois State||physical therapist|
|BJ||88||Brad Freeman||9||Hussey||Mississippi State||sports park director|
|RO||Mark Butterworth||6||Vinovich||Walsh||non-profit COO|
|ALT||R||Shawn Smith||8||Ferris State||finance|
|ALT||U||Fred Bryan||14||Martin||Northern Iowa||superintendent, juvenile correctional facility|
|ALT||FJ||Jabir Walker||8||Hussey||Murray State||middle school teacher|
|ALT||BJ||Greg Yette||13||Allen||Howard||defense contractor|
27 thoughts on “Hochuli, Blakeman, Cheffers, and Vinovich are Divisional Playoff referees”
Superbowl Referee Predictions are Carl Cheffers or Bill Vinovich, also Clete Blakeman
Can anyone else not see comments?
Full Crews for Divisional Round
3 super bowls refs perfect
Whoever is in charge why is Blakeman in this his ratings this year should be the worst in NFL hes the worst referee thw NFL has
Great officials, but not a lot of diversity there.
@C.J. Who cares? If these are the best officials, they should get the assignment. It should be a meritocracy based on on field performance, nothing else
Taking awhile to get the full crews which is fine get the best crews.
I know I am late with this but my WC picks were Allen Blakeman Cheffers Wrolstad Rogers and Novak Got 2 0f 6 33% Divisional picks were Vinovich Smith Kemp Hussey go 25% Finals picks were Torbert Hochuli, and Super bowl was Vinovich
Vinovich had a Suoerbowl in 2020 and 2015
Cheffers had a Superbowl in 2021 for 2020 season and 2017 for 2016 Season
Bill Vinovich should never ever officiant any 49ers game especially in the post season or SB. He is anti 49ers
Bill Vinovich and his crew will favor the Cowboys and that’s how the Cowboys going to win. After the game, media and Cowboys fans alike will praise Dak and the Cowboys but in reality it’s Jerry Jones money paying Vinovich, NFL and Roger Goodell
Hochuli will get the SB
Superbowl Referee Prediction is
R carl Cheffers
U Roy Ellison
DJ Jerod Phillips
LJ Jeff Bergman or Rusty Baynes
FJ Terry Brown or Nate Jones
SJ Eugene Hall
BJ Perry Paganelli or Brad Freeman
R Shawn Hochuli
U Roy Ellison or Carl Paganelli
DJ Jerod Phillips
LJ Jeff Bergman
FJ Terry Brown
SJ Eugene Hall
BJ Perry Paganelli
Who are the alternates for the Cowboys – 49ers game.
Also interesting to note who did not get any field of alternate assessment this year yet: Torbert, Blake, Boger, Hussey…
Torbert did; he was the alternate for Cowboys/Buccaneers WC game. Blake is in his first year, so it makes sense
If Boger gets a conference championship, then the NFL has more serious problems than I first thought.
Blake cannot work a playoff game on the field since he is a first year white hat.
Cheffers and Ellison are a lock to work the Super Bowl.
Tobert and Hussy for the Conference Championship? We shall see. Like someone else said if Boger gets one that then there are serious problems with the officiating department. Boger is the Angel Hernandez of the NFL.
Land Clark is also missing. He never looks like he is enjoying the job. I think he does a solid job.
Scoot Novak too, Michael.
Really…someone concerned about diversity and not the quality. Officiating must not go woke. Only the best should advance regardless.
Tolbert was an alternate in the wild card round I hope either cheffers or hochuli get the super bowl
Your stupid prediction was DEAD WRONG. You might not want to comment on NFL games ever again because you are at the bottom left of the BELL CURVE!!!!!!