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Week 18 referee assignments

Kemp to officiate the final game of the 2023 regular season



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The 2023 NFL regular season comes to a close this weekend. Alex Kemp will be the referee for Game 272: the battle between the Bills and Dolphins to crown the winner of the AFC East. Ron Torbert is off this week.

In this final week of the regular season, two games will be played on Saturday, and the remaining games will be played on Sunday. All times Eastern.

The matchups are listed below based on their impact on the playoff picture. Potential (or clinched) playoff seeds are shown in superscripted numbers, with zeroes indicating teams that have not clinched a playoff spot. All seeding possibilities exclude clinching scenarios that involve strength of victory and/or ties, unless specifically stated otherwise.

Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 6-7

Games for the division title

  • Bills2/6/7/0 at Dolphins2/6 GAME 272 NBC Peacock  — Alex Kemp

Games to clinch a playoff berth

  • Steelers6/7/0 at Ravens1 SAT. 4:30 PM ESPN ABC ESPN+  — Brad Allen
  • Bears at Packers6/7/0  — Carl Cheffers
  • Vikings6/7/0 at Lions2/3  — Brad Rogers
  • Seahawks7/0 at Cardinals  — Adrian Hill

Games involved for the division title

  • Texans4/6/7/0 at Colts4/6/7/0 SAT. 8:15 PM ESPN ABC ESPN+  — Bill Vinovich
  • Falcons4/0 at Saints4/7/0  — John Hussey
  • Cowboys2/3/5 at Commanders  — Shawn Smith
  • Jaguars4/7/0 at Titans  — Tra Blake
  • Eagles2/5 at Giants  — Craig Wrolstad
  • Buccaneers4/0 at Panthers  — Clete Blakeman

Games with seeding order implications

  • Rams6/7 at 49ers1  — Clay Martin

No playoff implications

  • Jets at Patriots  — Land Clark
  • Browns5 at Bengals  — Alan Eck
  • Broncos at Raiders  — Shawn Hochuli
  • Chiefs3 at Chargers  — Scott Novak
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  1. Anonymous

    January 1, 2024 at 12:27 pm

    Amazingly, the Broncos/Raiders game does actually have playoff implications, if the Steelers and Jaguars both lose. In that situation, if the Broncos win, then the Steelers get the 7 seed and the Jaguars are out, otherwise, if the Raiders win, then the Jaguars get the 7 seed and the Steelers are out.

  2. Anonymous

    January 2, 2024 at 11:53 am

    We should see Brad Allen’s crew under game with no playoff implications

  3. Anonymous

    January 2, 2024 at 1:39 pm

    brad allen should never ref another game in his life. go back to little league.

  4. Anonymous

    January 2, 2024 at 2:55 pm

    hate brad allen though im sure football zebras will defend him. fred has got to go.

  5. Anonymous

    January 2, 2024 at 3:50 pm

    not a good vikings vs packers on sunday night football. The referee was offull . It was a huge blowout

  6. Anonymous

    January 2, 2024 at 3:51 pm

    no keep brad allen . he is a great refferee

  7. Anonymous

    January 2, 2024 at 3:57 pm

    for week 18 make alen eck for the vikings vs lions on the football zebras

  8. Anonymous

    January 2, 2024 at 4:03 pm

    LOL. Nice to see the NFL “downgrading” Allen’s crew for the playoffs, but giving them a game with playoff implications. Roger Goddell is a complete ID10T.

  9. Eric

    January 2, 2024 at 4:43 pm

    I happen to know an NFL official. He has known his schedule for months. BA has probably been scheduled to that game since mid October

  10. Anonymous

    January 2, 2024 at 5:42 pm

    The officials controls the outcome of every NFL football game wake up the NFL is like everything else the games are being manipulated by the refers because of all the money that’s involved in controlling the outcome of these games . The NFL needs to fix this .maybe they should have the officials wear body cameras that might help

  11. Anonymous

    January 2, 2024 at 9:02 pm

    sarah thomas is a colossal screwup who got hired and plum assignments because of her gender. yuck.

  12. Anonymous

    January 2, 2024 at 10:44 pm

    Sexist much? Also, you are extremely delusional if you really think the officials control the outcomes. Take off the tinfoil hat pal. The refs would do a good job, and you’d still whine about them.

  13. Anonymous

    January 3, 2024 at 11:14 am

    why do we even need the referee in a football game . it is so weird

  14. Anonymous

    January 4, 2024 at 4:14 am

    Which Officials are retiring after the season

  15. Anonymous

    January 4, 2024 at 12:44 pm

    Sarah Thomas is one of the better officials.

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    January 4, 2024 at 3:49 pm

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