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Terry McAulay will referee Super Bowl XLVIII

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The NFL has announced the name of the referee who will be in charge of the action on the field for Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2 at MetLife Stadium.

Terry McAulay has gotten the nod for the third time in his career. McAulay has previously refereed Super Bowls XXXIX and XLIII and has also worked six conference championship games over the course of his career.

McAulay was the referee for Seattle’s 23-15 victory over the Saints in the divisional round this year, which meant we knew he was in consideration for the Super Bowl gig. Per league rules, the referee for the Super Bowl works one of the four games in that round every year.

The NFL has also announced the names of the other officials who will be working the game as part of McAulay’s crew. They are Carl Paganelli (umpire), Jim Mello (head linesman), Tom Symonette (line judge), Scott Steenson (field judge), Dave Wyant (side judge) and Steve Freeman (back judge). Paganelli worked with McAulay last weekend and in Super Bowl XXXIX, one of four Super Bowls he’s officiated. Steenson will be working his second title game.

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23 Responses to “Terry McAulay will referee Super Bowl XLVIII”
  1. tvjules says: Jan 15, 2014 2:58 PM

    After such a bad year of officiating… let’s hope they end well.

  2. purple1967 says: Jan 15, 2014 2:58 PM

    Could be a lot worse, good call, no pun intended!!!

  3. 2001asterisk2003asterisk2004asterisk says: Jan 15, 2014 3:00 PM

    Den v. Sea – should be a heck of a game.

  4. coachjohnharbaugh says: Jan 15, 2014 3:01 PM

    baltimore born & bred

    who else would u expect?

    #thebaltimoreravensarethereigningdefendingchampionsoftheworld

  5. grantsbuds says: Jan 15, 2014 3:02 PM

    Every officiating crew the NFL used this year had their issues and they work together every week as a team.
    Why piecemeal a crew together for the most important game of the season? Just seems silly and shortsighted.

  6. 8to80texansblog says: Jan 15, 2014 3:03 PM

    Lets hope we’re only reading about him before the game and not after it….

  7. dartmouthstevens says: Jan 15, 2014 3:03 PM

    I am kinda psyched. Old school defense. Mugging receivers allowed

  8. ajgreenhof says: Jan 15, 2014 3:03 PM

    Hmmm…I hardly recognize this guy. It might be a good start.

  9. sdsmooth says: Jan 15, 2014 3:05 PM

    Picking the crew for the Super Bowl is like going out to dinner at a bad restaurant. Just got to pick the least offensive item and hope you don’t get sick.

  10. swellbuilt says: Jan 15, 2014 3:14 PM

    Was really hoping for Jeff Triplette.

  11. arliss8675 says: Jan 15, 2014 3:21 PM

    Thank god it’s not Clete Blakeman

  12. savocabol1 says: Jan 15, 2014 3:21 PM

    reports on who is calling a game? i cant believe it has come to this.

  13. cjspiller12 says: Jan 15, 2014 3:21 PM

    The NFL has also announced the names of the other officials who will be working the game as part of McAulay’s crew. They are Carl Paganelli (umpire), Jim Mello (head linesman), Tom Symonette (line judge), Scott Steenson (field judge), Dave Wyant (side judge) and Steve Freeman (back judge). Paganelli worked with McAulay last weekend and in Super Bowl XXXIX, one of four Super Bowls he’s officiated. Steenson will be working his second title game. All are from the Boston area and have season tickets.

  14. seatownballers says: Jan 15, 2014 3:22 PM

    Seattle fans everywhere rejoice

  15. jersey73 says: Jan 15, 2014 3:26 PM

    No doubt that McAulay was the best of the divisional round officials. The Seattle/New Orleans game was the best called games of the past weekend.

  16. noladat says: Jan 15, 2014 3:29 PM

    Great will let them play for sure! NFC will win if the mugging that went on in that Seahawks saints game is allowed. That game was a joke. Weak holding calls and opi calls on the saints but the Seahawks can ride a te or wr like a donkey with nothing every damn down.

    If the league would call games correctly the teams that bear hug coverages (panthers) or straight up mug players (Sherman cuz your too slow unless you grab on) they would have not even been in the playoffs.

    Wait they might get calls against them with the nfl golden boys manning or Brady

  17. schmitty2 says: Jan 15, 2014 3:31 PM

    As long as it’s not Jeff Triplette or Bill Leavy (Hawks fans know all about this)

  18. gosfvr says: Jan 15, 2014 3:54 PM

    If the niners get to the SB, Ahmad Brooks might want to have a word with him.

  19. ac540 says: Jan 15, 2014 4:11 PM

    If the Pats win Sunday, the league can undoubtedly expect a petition from the Krafts that he be replaced by Ron Winter.

  20. skinsswagyolo says: Jan 15, 2014 4:25 PM

    #SwagLifeMoney

  21. lbijake says: Jan 15, 2014 4:41 PM

    Anybody but Hochily. Hohily always seems upset that they want to play football during his personal prime time special.

  22. discountdoublecheck says: Jan 15, 2014 6:15 PM

    It ain’t Jeff Tripplette, Bill Leavy or Mike Carey, so I’m happy.

  23. badmoonrison says: Jan 16, 2014 5:01 PM

    All I gotta say is, this is without a doubt the worst year of officiating I’ve seen in 15 years of watching football religiously. Goodell and Co need to do something about it ASAP before we as fans start questioning the integrity of NFL football.

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