The NFL is really not holding the whole flip-or-no-flip thing against Clete Blakeman.
According to FootballZebras.com, Blakeman has been tabbed to referee Super Bowl 50, his first shot to officiate the final football game of the year.
Blakeman just worked the divisional round game between the Packers and Cardinals, and raised some eyebrows by making the executive decision to toss the coin at the start of overtime again when it didn’t actually turn over the first time.
Of course, there were some egregious pass interference calls down the stretch of that game which should probably should get more scrutiny, but Blakeman has graded out as one of the league’s top tier of officials.
He’s officiated in the NFL for eight seasons, six of them as a referee. He only missed the playoffs one year he was eligible, and has worked two divisional round games previously.