Embed from Getty ImagesÂ John Parry's crew set the tone in the pregame warm-ups: There would not be a repeat of the Week 14 nonsense between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals. That game featured several altercations that later drew league fines.Parry's crew put on a visible display in the pregame.
After wild card weekend, it always strikes me -- only seven more meaningful football games this year. Â In an attempt not to get too maudlin, here are five things that stuck out to me in regard to the officiating this past Wild Card weekend.
Jeff Triplette's crew called an awesome game
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Football Zebras has confirmed the officiating crews for the Wild Card weekend. Officials are listed with their uniform number, years experience (including this season), the crew each official worked with in the regular season (by the refereeâ€™s name), college, and outside occupation.
All times are Eastern.
Three alternates are assigned to each
When discussing football officiating, it is easy to say, "Forget so-and-so for the playoff this year after that blown call."Â While fans might wish a playoff blackball for an official who makes an error, the NFL simply does not operate that way.
The NFL officiating office lead by Carl Johnson uses
Spot of ball in OT hurry-up offense also prominent mistake
There is no real ranking to the worst mistakes an official can make, other than outright lying about a call. Last week we said that the inadvertent whistle was almost as bad as it can get, but one crew found two
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 â€” #65 Walt Coleman (22nd year, 16th year as referee)
U â€” #121 Paul