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Blakeman, Corrente, McAulay, Wrolstad to referee Divisional Round games

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Referee Tony Corrente #99 announces a penalty during the 2015 NFC Championship game between the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on January 18, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) Getty Images

Clete Blakeman, Tony Corrente, Terry McAulay and Craig Wrolstad will be the referees handling this weekend’s Divisional Round playoffs games, according to

The biggest caveat is that the officials that will be working Super Bowl 50 will come from the crews working this weekend.

Wrolstad will be in charge of Saturday afternoon’s Kansas City Chiefs at New England Patriots game in Foxborough. Blakeman will handle the Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals game on Saturday night.

On Sunday, Corrente (pictured) will be the lead official for the Seattle Seahawks at Carolina Panthers game. McAulay will work the Pittsburgh Steelers at Denver Broncos game on Sunday afternoon.

With McAulay having worked Super Bowl XLVIII two years ago and Wrolstad in just his second season as a head referee, that could indicate that Blakeman or Corrente are the favorites for getting the duty on Super Bowl Sunday.

Corrente was the referee for Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and Chicago Bears. Blakeman has never worked the Super Bowl, but was McAulay’s alternate in Super Bowl XLVIII.

McAulay was the head referee for Super Bowl XLVIII, XLIII and XXXIX.

Wrolstad worked as a field judge in Super Bowl XLVII before being promoted to head referee in 2014.

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12 Responses to “Blakeman, Corrente, McAulay, Wrolstad to referee Divisional Round games”
  1. db105 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:44 PM

    What about the field judge, umpire, back judge and others?

  2. upperdecker19 says: Jan 11, 2016 11:47 PM

    That leaves plenty of time for Jerome Bogar, Ed Hochuli and Jeff Tripplette to sit around not being good zebras

  3. skunksprayjim says: Jan 12, 2016 5:24 AM

    If the Patriots are playing, none of these crews will be refereeing the Super Bowl. In a plot twist that would rival anything Vince McMahon has done… I fully expect Roger Goodell to name himself the special guest referee along with his “officiating crew” consisting of Troy Vincent, Ted Wells, and Mike Kensil.

  4. noteamforlosangeles says: Jan 12, 2016 6:36 AM

    Just leaving Morelli and Leavy out is an immediate upgrade. I’m sure Steelers and Seahawks fans will agree.

  5. Rolo Tomassi says: Jan 12, 2016 7:38 AM

    Blakeman is bad news for the Cardinals.
    He the one who screwed over the Bears vs Packers in 2013.

  6. eaglealan64 says: Jan 12, 2016 9:06 AM

    Er that’s not a caveat!

  7. gg206 says: Jan 12, 2016 11:38 AM

    McAulay is the best in the business. Followed by Walt Anderson and Blakeman/Vinovich/Hoculi.. The rest…. Blah

  8. Deb says: Jan 12, 2016 12:30 PM

    Wonderful. I’m sure the Steelers will get a fair shake from McAulay–the guy who refused to throw a flag on Ngata for hitting Roethlisberger in the head even though Ben’s nose was hanging crooked on his face and blood was streaming. Naw … that wasn’t a head shot.

  9. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 12, 2016 1:00 PM

    “I fully expect Roger Goodell to name himself the special guest referee along with his “officiating crew” consisting of Troy Vincent, Ted Wells, and Mike Kensil.”

    Who do you think has been on the other end of the line from NYC to the game refs all season long ?

    It hasn’t been Blandino I’ll tell you that.

  10. TeeHeeLOLatPatsHaters says: Jan 12, 2016 4:21 PM

    I want Walt Coleman to ref the Patriots game. He is one of my favorite refs.

  11. smasonsmith says: Jan 12, 2016 4:51 PM

    What about the field judge, umpire, back judge and others?
    This guy is dead on. Most of the penalties that result in first downs are called by the FJ, SJ, BJ, LJ, and HL. R and U basically only call things in the tackle box and pocket.

  12. jgedgar70 says: Jan 13, 2016 4:18 PM

    Considering how awful officiating has been all year, these guys are about as good as any.

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