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2023 Wild Card Playoffs

NFC Wild Card Playoff: Rams at Lions

Los Angeles Rams at Detroit Lions



We are covering the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Ford Field in Detroit between the Rams and Lions.

The crew is listed below with the number of playoff games assigned, including this game but excluding alternate assignments or Pro Bowls.

      Yrs 2023 crew PS total Postseason games
R 4 Craig Wrolstad 21   14 7 WC, 4 DIV, 2 CC, XLVII
U 131 Mark Pellis 10 Novak 6 4 WC, 2 DIV
DJ 48 Jim Mello 20 Wrolstad 15 8 WC, 3 DIV, 3 CC, XLVIII
LJ 37 Tripp Sutter 5 Wrolstad 2 1st WC, 1 DIV
FJ 60 Jeff Shears 2 Wrolstad 1 1st playoff game (1st year eligible)
SJ 104 Dale Shaw 11 Eck 7 4 WC, 3 DIV
BJ 82 Jimmy Russell 5 Vinovich 1 1st playoff game

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  1. Anonymous

    January 14, 2024 at 9:35 pm

    I don’t watch many NFL games because of replays and refs!!terrible officiating at end of KC game!let players decide winner in close game not u!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Tony Dehn

    January 14, 2024 at 9:35 pm

    Ok Football Zeros No comment about the missed offside penalty? It took the ball away from the Lions in error again. How are you going to spin the video evidence this time?! NFL officiating is broken!

  3. Anonymous

    January 14, 2024 at 9:47 pm

    “Look at Decker closely. You see his left hand twitch. The NFL wants those twitches ruled as a false start on the offense”

    Are you kidding?
    For real. Are you kidding?
    Does a referee ever error?

    How bias is this site?

    No credibility whatsoever.

  4. Anonymous

    January 14, 2024 at 10:14 pm

    Maybe you can talk about the mechanics of which official is tasked with watching tackle to tackle pre-snap and how they determine offside vs. illegal procedure.

  5. Anonymous

    January 14, 2024 at 10:20 pm

    Wiggling fingers? Let’s see if it is called consistently. Then explain what the rams right guard does just before the snap is legal? Much more than ‘wiggly fingers’

  6. Tony Dehn

    January 15, 2024 at 11:08 am

    So, now that we have had a chance to see multiple replay views of the Taylor Decker false start, none of them show Taylor ‘wiggling his fingers’. Seems your explanation is a lie and it is even more evident that your journalism is skewed towards the NFL and the officiating. Your ‘reporting’ certainly isn’t based on facts. Or, may you fancy yourselves as providing opinions, which obviously are biased. Either way, your reputation is tainted, you look foolish and unprofessional. It seems that you have no respect for your readers, nor yourselves. It’s a shame; I found your site looking for knowledge and insights into the world of NFL officiating. For a couple of years it was great, I learned a lot. Lately, I have learned, from your site, just how far the NFL will go to protect the shield and how superior you believe yourselves to be compared to your ‘ignorant’ readers

  7. Anonymous

    January 15, 2024 at 11:37 am

    I see the hand flick. I can’t believe NFL Ops want that called. How is that different than a silent count where the guard sticks his arm straight out? My only guess is that it isn’t “quick and abrupt” enough. It seems like it though.

  8. Anonymous

    January 17, 2024 at 12:10 am

    Why would the officials call a hand flex for the first time ever in a playoff game. The explanation makes no sense since on every snap lineman are abruptly waving and moving their arms. Come on, just admit the head of officials is wrong in trying to emphasize this so late in the year. For gods sake we been watching this play for years and its called on the defence.

  9. Anonymous

    January 17, 2024 at 12:19 am

    There would be no need for a player to pull someone off the pile if the refs would call the penalty on the player committing the unnecessary roughing in the first place.

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