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.