Side judge Allen Baynes, with an assist from back judge Brad Freeman, rules on a Steelers touchdown catch. It is the first Football Zebras Call of the Week for 2021.
One of the fun parts of being a dad is when a child wants to join the dad in an activity or hobby, or just wants to spend time together. I'm sure NFL officials are happy when their kids want to take up officiating. That happiness and pride, I'm sure,
Commentary by Ben Austro
The play was one in a million. You could work the triple shifts in peewee right up through three decades in the NFL and still not see a simultaneous catch call like this (video).
The Packers-Seahawks meeting in 2012 was the end of the seventh full week of
Dean Blandino, NFL vice president of officiating, released this week's media tape regarding rules calls mostly from Week 4 (150 MB download). This week's topics:
When defenseless protections end. The play in question was a legal hit on Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, correctly called (SJ 67 Doug Rosenbaum, BJ 93 Scott
The officiating crews for the Wild Card games on Jan. 8 and 9 have been announced by the NFL. Kickoff times are Eastern. (See our previous post on the process of qualification.)
Saints at Seahawks (Saturday, 4:30 p.m.)
R — #65 Walt Coleman (22nd year, 16th year as referee)
U — #121 Paul