50 Super Bowl calls, Part 2: XL to XXXI

The Football Zebras staff -- with the assistance of our affiliated forum, Behind the Football Stripes -- has examined the Super Bowls of years past for the work of the officials who, in a given year, achieve the honor of the best of the best. While every team competes for

‘Official Review’ Week 3: a hideout and TD wipeout

The semiregular "Official Review" segment appeared for (I believe) the first time this season on NFL Total Access. Vice president of officiating Dean Blandino addressed two calls (video): The hideout play executed by Browns quarterback Johnny Manziel (which we covered Sunday) was reviewed. Blandino added this illegal maneuver is legal maneuver

Anatomy of a replay gone wrong

NFC Divisional Playoff: Giants at Packers 1st Quarter | 1:46 | Giants 10-3 | Packers ball | 1st & 10 @ NYG 39 | video (at 1:21) We are going to deconstruct the big call from Sunday's NFC divisional playoff game, not to defend it, but to answer the questions surrounding it

Odd ruling saves Cruz from being NY goat

Referee Jerome Boger has his hands full with some controversial calls, most notably, a rarely used call on the Giants drive for the game-winning  touchdown (video). Giants receiver Victor Cruz lands to the turf and walks back to the huddle as if the play was over. However, he was not

Week 1 open forum, assignments

We're back. If you see a call from Week 1 that deserves our attention, add it to the comments section of this post. Referee assignments are after the jump. Quick calls Steelers at Ravens | 1st quarter | 2:47 remaining | video. One of the first uses of the new all-touchdowns-subject-to-review rule

Sunday’s Wild Card officiating

Ravens at Chiefs Mike Carey is the referee. 1st Quarter, 6:26 remaining. The Chiefs challenged the spot of the ball in relation to the first-down marker. Since Ravens running back Ray Rice landed with his hand first, he was not considered down until another part of his body contacted the ground. Ravens

3 confusing calls in Sunday night game

Week 14: Eagles at Giants We have three calls for analysis—all three called correctly—from the Eagles–Giants game that will likely end up on this week's "Official Review." View the highlights of the game in addition to our analysis: McNabb incomplete or fumble? On a second-and-10 from the Eagles 42, Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb