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Coleman, Parry, Steratore and Torbert to referee Wild Card games

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 14:  Head coach Tom Coughlin of the New York Giants talks with referee John Parry #13 during a game against the San Francisco 49ers on October 14, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  The Giants won 26-3. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Walt Coleman, John Parry, Gene Steratore and Ron Torbert will be the referees in charge of this weekend’s Wild Card playoffs games, according to Marcus Griep and Ben Austro of

Torbert will handle the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Houston Texans game on Saturday afternoon. Parry (pictured) will be in charge for the Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night.

On Sunday, Coleman will be the lead official for the early game for the Seattle Seahawks vs. Minnesota Vikings game. Steratore will lead the crew handling the Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Redskins on Sunday afternoon.

The referees that work this round of the postseason will not be a part of the crew that works the Super Bowl. The officials that will work the season’s final game will be among the four crews working the Divisional Round next week.

While Torbert, Parry, Coleman and Steratore will be working games this weekend, it won’t be with the crews they’ve worked with all season. The NFL uses only their top graded officials throughout the season in the playoffs, which means some mixing-and-matching of crews going forward.

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13 Responses to “Coleman, Parry, Steratore and Torbert to referee Wild Card games”
  1. hess97 says: Jan 5, 2016 11:51 PM

    I wonder which team Steratore will be fixing the game for.

  2. crabwasheld says: Jan 5, 2016 11:52 PM

    Which teams do you think they took in Vegas?

  3. truthdispensary says: Jan 6, 2016 12:05 AM

    “The NFL uses only their top graded officials throughout the season in the playoffs, which means some mixing-and-matching of crews going forward.”

    In other words…the same officials who were rewarded with paid time off mid-season!

  4. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 6, 2016 12:57 AM

    Just keep Morelli, Hochuli and Boger away, and you’ll be good.

  5. dlr4skins says: Jan 6, 2016 1:05 AM


  6. GenXJay says: Jan 6, 2016 1:21 AM

    Which one of the aforementioned referees is on Mr. Sly’s/Al Jeezeras PED list?

  7. theheyseed says: Jan 6, 2016 2:24 AM

    talk about wildcards.

  8. squeebus says: Jan 6, 2016 6:26 AM

    I get Parry and Steratore, but Walt seems to be slipping and Torbert is a soup sandwich with a whistle. Definitely not ready for playoff games, and will probably do something newsworthy on Saturday.

  9. lgw91s says: Jan 6, 2016 6:48 AM

    Just give us neutral officials, and don’t make ticky-tack calls that decide games. Regardless of how much this disadvantages Denver.

  10. amishninjas says: Jan 6, 2016 7:04 AM

    Should be quite a chore to score a “top rated” crew from this years officiating debacle. On the plus side we’ll get to hear Blandino try and convince us with a straight face that this year was one of the best for officials.

  11. sonhoodoo says: Jan 6, 2016 8:55 AM


  12. thesteelhurtin says: Jan 6, 2016 11:37 AM

    Parry is going to have his hands full Saturday night.

  13. dugferd says: Jan 11, 2016 6:56 AM


    They belong in a museum!

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