Wild-card referees are set

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The teams are determined for this weekend’s wild-card round. The referees are now determined, too.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Raiders-Texans game will be handled by Ronald Torbert. Brad Allen, who entered the NFL as a referee and is in only his second year, will handle the Lions-Seahawks game. Craig Wrolstad will preside over Dolphins-Steelers, and Ed Hochuli will serve as referee for Giants-Packers.

For the four referees, the significance of the assignment is that none will work the Super Bowl, since the Super Bowl referee always comes from those who work in the divisional round — and since the referees in the wild-card round don’t work in the divisional round.

Hochuli will have two of his crew members with him on Sunday, and Wrolstad will have one. Allen and Torbert will be working with an entirely different crew.

Postseason assignments are set based on the grading process that applies to every regular-season game, with the goal being to use the referees who performed the best during the season for the games that have the most meaning.

49 responses to “Wild-card referees are set

  1. My early prediction is Jeff Triplette gets the starting nod for the Super Bowl. This guarantees the game will last into early Monday morning as he takes 10 minutes trying to explain each penalty.

  2. Brad Allen is in his 3rd year and thankfully he’ll be one and done. I can’t stand that smug look and constant smirking. It makes him look biased when calling a game.

  3. are any of the officials in the Texans game the same ones that gifted the Mexico City game to the Raiders?

  4. Well that leaves either Walt Coleman or triplette for the cowboys game let the screwjobb of my cowboys commence

  5. Don’t worry e burg the steelers aren’t a good enough team to make it to foxboro to get blown out by the pats in the playoffs again lol

  6. I just hope our old friend Jerome is reffing the AFC Championship game, destroying the hopes of Pats fans the world over.

    I’d say it would never happen, but the man did a Super Bowl!

  7. Goodell takes one last swipe at the pats and assigns Triplette to the super bowl. It sounds too bizarre not to be true in this league….

  8. What, Ray Charles & Stevie Wonder didn’t get playoff assignments? Shocking. Triplette and Hochuli are pretty much the same thing though.

  9. The Referee is the one in the white hat, the crew leader, the rest are officials. There is only one R. Amusing those who criticize officials don’t know the rules nor their positions. All of it is on-line for the armchair know-it-alls who would like to critique without being totally ignorant.

  10. If the refs favored the Packers as much as the viking fans on this site whine that they do, the Packers would never lose a game.

    But then again, viking fans start telling us in mid-February how great their team is going to be in the upcoming season and how this will be the year that they win it all, so it’s pretty obvious they don’t know what they’re talking about when it comes to football.

  11. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Jan 3, 2017 5:09 PM

    I’m guessing Aaron Rodgers and McCarthy are already whining to Hochulia for calls.

    GB refs will beat the NYG on Sunday.
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    Nobody will beat your Vikings this weekend OR next… so you’ve got us there.

  12. If I thought it would bother Viking fans more than they are already bothered, I would send a blank check to any ref willing to favor the Packers.

  13. cosmicredneck81 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 4:55 PM
    Well that leaves either Walt Coleman or triplette for the cowboys game let the screwjobb of my cowboys commence
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    You mean screwjob of whoever Dallas FACES.

  14. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Jan 3, 2017 5:09 PM
    I’m guessing Aaron Rodgers and McCarthy are already whining to Hochulia for calls.

    GB refs will beat the NYG on Sunday.

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    With the NFC North division on the line:

    Packers – 10 Penalties

    Lions – 5 Penalties

    Quit the whining, Packers are just better than the Vikings…..

  15. Hear the Giant WRs were celebrating with Beiber the other night, who can blame them? I’d be celebrating getting to torch the Packer secondary this Sunday as well. Eli might set some records this weekend and once again the Pack will embarrass the NFC North in the playoffs.

  16. Jordy Nelson is currently practicing his push-off since he knows it’s not going to get flagged again until next September

  17. aaronitout12 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 7:54 PM
    Quit the whining, Packers are just better than the Vikings….
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    Viking fans still blame the refs. After Rhodes and Zimmer said they didn’t execute the game plan.

    This allows them to accept losing because , “the officials did that to us”

    Sounds a lot better for the reason you blew a 5-0 head start and played for nothing the 2 weeks of the season. Than the actual reasons, which is poor execution on offense the WHOLE season, poor play down the stretch, along with peaking WAY to early, and just flat out ignoring the coach.

    Whats the saying? You can’t win a division in October you can only lose one.

  18. After watching so many inconsistent called games this year maybe some high school officials deserve a chance.

  19. ooooh get the ref from the saints broncos game that called that play in, the one where dude touched the paint running it back? and get the ref from the texans game with the guy that touched the paint like the broncos guy that called him out, and when they disagree see who douche bladano says was absolutely right,… it’ll be so much fun having them play both those replays and him trying to pretend everything was done correctly….

  20. steelcurtainn says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:54 PM
    It Doesn’t matter who refs the pats, if they survive the divisionals, they won’t survive the afc title game.

    agreed, least prepared team in the playoffs cause their division is awful.

  21. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    Jan 3, 2017 5:09 PM
    I’m guessing Aaron Rodgers and McCarthy are already whining to Hochulia for calls.

    GB refs will beat the NYG on Sunday.
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    Mr. Wright 212 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:51 PM
    Packer fans should never complain about the refs with as much as the refs help them every week.
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    allight59 says:
    Jan 3, 2017 8:23 PM
    Hear the Giant WRs were celebrating with Beiber the other night, who can blame them? I’d be celebrating getting to torch the Packer secondary this Sunday as well. Eli might set some records this weekend and once again the Pack will embarrass the NFC North in the playoffs.
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    A friend of mine from college is a steelers fan. We talked the other night and he said he couldn’t believe how many whiny vikings fans troll the Packers. He thought they were worse than Cinci fans trolling the steelers, which he wouldn’t have thought possible. Glad to see others are noticing it. Above shows how many already are talking on this story. Sad, how jaded people get after being dominated by another football team for so long. It’s a game boys, get over it!

  22. Rolo Tomassi says:
    Jan 4, 2017 1:11 PM
    Clete Blakeman fixed another game for the Packers
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    Sweet! The more the merrier. Can you provide all their names? I’d like to send them a little something. Thanks for the heads-up.

  23. I ain’t a Vikes fan. And fans of every team have sat and watched the refs ignore Green Bay’s offensive line get away with penalties every week on big plays, and not even going to mention the play where Hyde got away with obvious pass interference.

    Giants fans saw the Eagles get away with the same thing as Hyde did on that important drive by the Lions in their game all game Week 16, as did the Steelers. Of course so many “already are talking on this story.”

  24. The fix is in – the New York Nightmara Family Crime Syndicate will beat the Cheeseturds thanks to the incompetent Hochuli being the ref.

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