Carl Cheffers set to referee the Super Bowl

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The referee who made the most controversial penalty call of the playoffs will referee the Super Bowl.

Carl Cheffers, who threw the holding flag on Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher that negated Kansas City’s game-tying two-point conversion against the Steelers, has been given the Super Bowl assignment, according to FootballZebras.com.

That won’t sit well with Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, who said after that holding call that Cheffers “shouldn’t be able to wear a zebra jersey.”

This will be Cheffers’ first Super Bowl. Three of the other officials on the Super Bowl crew — head linesman Kent Payne, line judge Jeff Seeman and field judge Doug Rosenbaum — have worked a Super Bowl before, while three others — umpire Dan Ferrell, side judge Dyrol Prioleau and back judge Todd Prukop — will be working their first Super Bowl.

43 responses to “Carl Cheffers set to referee the Super Bowl

  1. If you watch the play carefully, Harrison slipped down, either causing or exposing the hold, depending on which side you’re on. It wasn’t nearly as obvious as some people think, in that this kind of is-it-or-isn’t-it grabbing goes on in the interior of the line on every single play, every single team. I’d like to see enforcement changed so that a hold that is exposed only by the defensive player rotating his body is not called. Here, a very smart player gamed the refs.

  2. Controversial? Yeah, okay. To Kelce. But to everyone else with half a brain and a working set of eyeballs it was the right call.

  3. 2017 NFL Playoff Officiating Ineptitude Power Rankings

    5. Foot Locker Employee at mall local to Kelce
    4. Pete Morelli
    3. Ed Hochuli
    2. Any 2013 NFL Replacement Referee
    1. Dean Blandino

  4. Kelce does come across as a total tool. And it was a good call, not sure what Kelce was so upset about.

  5. The only thing that could make that call controversial is if the refs were letting the same kind of holding go on all game and not calling it until that play. Which I don’t think was the case.

  6. So making a correct call is controversial now? What, just because of WHEN it occurred? I guess in today’s fake news age.

  7. First, hooking the defender around the neck is considered holding regardless if the defender falls down or not. Second, you cannot say that the refs ignored similar plays for the rest of the game because I watched every play of that game and there was not any other instance in that game where a player was hooked around the neck and went down. If that penalty was called against the Steelers (which did happen in the Dolphins game), nobody would have said boo about it.

  8. When I saw the play at speed I thought it was obviously holding, looks like Fisher grabbed him by the shoulder and chest and forced him down.
    But if you get a look at the angle that shows Harrison’s feet, you can clearly see he loses it all on his own, and Fisher basically trips and falls on top of him.
    I can understand why it looked like holding to the officials, but it was a really bad call. Chiefs might not have won the game, but they definitely got hosed.

    BTW – Kelce’s a jerk anyway.

  9. In NFL. Holding is well established . You can grab,pull, wrap as long as they don’t fall down. If they fall down your getting called regardless if your holding or not.

  10. Controversial would be the unsportsmanlike behavior call against the cowboys Butler for non participation in the (non existent) huddle and the result in explanation that clearly showed the referee did not understand the rule. These referees need better preparation and probably need to be younger. This from a guy in his 60s that is glad he isn’t out there trying to keep up

  11. nothingman says:
    Jan 18, 2017 8:18 PM
    Do the refs get Super Bowl rings?
    ________________________

    Goodell and whoever makes the NFL schedule gets one when the patriots win. You know the guys who give the patriots their bye week before their toughest game, the ones who make other teams schedules terrible before they play the patriots, the ones who make other AFC contenders play multiple teams coming off their bye weeks. Not sure about the refs though.

  12. No problem with the holding call.
    Big problem with the non PI call when the Steeler ran through Kelce late in the third Q.
    The money calls always slant toward teams that drive ratings.
    Every time.

  13. vikinghooper says:

    The money calls always slant toward teams that drive ratings.
    Every time.
    —————
    So that explains why the No.1 tv draw (Cowboys) lost to GB? Or that another top draw (Seattle ranked 7th) lost to Atlanta??? Your conspiracy theory needs work.

  14. Who cares what Kelce thinks anyway? He blamed the refs because he had a bad game and made himself look like a fool, couldn’t/wouldn’t admit that he messed up.

  15. Imagine the shock when people find out that Kelce’s opinion doesn’t mean squat and frankly nobody really give’s a toot what it is in the first place.

  16. I’ll bet the farm on the Steelers then.

    It goes without saying they’ll get the calls (see also Super Bowl XL- all of it. Also James Harrison’s 100 years TD behind block in the back after block in the back.)

  17. I’m positive Jerome Boger got a ring from the Ravens for letting three holds that spring the kickoff return, and swallowing the whistle during Jimmy Smith’s seven yard bump/hold/PI.

  18. Second year in a row that Walt Anderson hasn’t earned a playoff slot – when even Pete Morelli got a divisional round game. Guess the deflategate ref’s ‘impeccable record’ isn’t quite so unblemished after all.

  19. Wow, I guess whoever kisses Blandino’s butt the most gets the nod. Steratore deserves it more than anyone. And what happened to Clete Blakeman? From working the Super Bowl to no playoff games this season

  20. upperdecker19 says:
    Jan 18, 2017 7:32 PM
    2017 NFL Playoff Officiating Ineptitude Power Rankings

    5. Foot Locker Employee at mall local to Kelce
    4. Pete Morelli
    3. Ed Hochuli
    2. Any 2013 NFL Replacement Referee
    1. Dean Blandino

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    This list fails without Triplette.

  21. My heart wants Green Bay and Pittsburgh to win their games, but my head thinks Atlanta and New England will win these games.

  22. I know him. He’s a good guy. The call on the two point play was an obvious one and it should have been called- Harrison would have reached Smith if not held. PI is usually not called as much so you wonder if the Pats or Steelers are in the SB if they are going to mug the receivers.

  23. Let us not forget about Fishers’s right hand full of jersey pulling on Harrisons’s lower back also. If Harrisons feet did slide out from under him it had everything to do with a 6’7″ LT having an arm bar across his chest with a hand full of shoulder pad, the other hand full of jersey pulling from the back side as the tackle was trying his best to catch up after being beaten off the snap. If you look up holding penalty in the dictionary there will be a picture of that play. The chiefs didn’t get hosed, they were outclassed. I read today that through 3 quarters Leveon Bell had more rushing yards than the chiefs had total yards. That 1 penalty is not why they lost.

  24. Vikinghooper

    No problem with the holding call.
    Big problem with the non PI call when the Steeler ran through Kelce late in the third Q.
    The money calls always slant toward teams that drive ratings.
    Every time.

    I know the llay you are talking about and you are correct it was a missed call. There was also 1 the other way that showed a chiefs defender hold Eli Rogers off the snap, once he released he was interfered with as the ball was thrown. The ball was tipped so that would negate the PI but the egregious hold would have stood and given the steelers a 1st. Instead it resulted in a stalled drive.

    I don’t think any team got away with more defensive holding than dallas. Once they were down 18 they pretty much got a free pass until they tied it up.

  25. I agree with vikinghooper. This is the same ref whose team called the phantom facemask on the Lions against the Green Bay Peckers that resulted in the 60 yard Hail Mary that ESPN pimps up with some regularity. Money calls slant towards the popular teams.
    The way to break through that though is to start winning games by more than a couple of points. Take the game out of the ref’s hands. Remember how disrespected the Patriots were before Brady and Belechick? They were losers for decades, and plays routinely called against them. Until B and B smashed through the wall and made them into a winning team, and now it’s much different.

  26. The issue I have is I’ve seen COUNTLESS times where tamba Hali has been “held” the exact same way and worse, and it wasn’t called. Especially in a game situation like that, where anything remotely debatable is not called.

    That being said Kc had no business winning that game and I’m surprised it was as close as it was…so I certainly don’t blame the refs for the loss.

  27. When I saw the play at speed I thought it was obviously holding, looks like Fisher grabbed him by the shoulder and chest and forced him down.
    But if you get a look at the angle that shows Harrison’s feet, you can clearly see he loses it all on his own, and Fisher basically trips and falls on top of him.
    I can understand why it looked like holding to the officials, but it was a really bad call. Chiefs might not have won the game, but they definitely got hosed

    Newsflash…..refs see the play at full speed once and they felt the same way you did supposedly before you watched a replay from another angle. So how is that a bad call when you felt the same way before having the luxury of slo mo replay from another angle ? Explain.

  28. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jan 18, 2017 7:44 PM
    The only thing that could make that call controversial is if the refs were letting the same kind of holding go on all game and not calling it until that play. Which I don’t think was the case.
    ——————————————-
    Actually it was the case. In fact, the refs could call offensive holding on every play of every game. Refs should not let holding slide the whole game and then call it to influence the outcome.

  29. The call was right but the fact is it wouldn`t have been made for certain teams especially against certain teams.Pittsburgh draws better than KC.
    That call doesn`t get made in that situation on Jacksonsville against Pittsburgh or on Tampa Bay against Dallas.If you watch all games on NFL.com and not just your favorite team it is obvious every week.
    just a fact.
    Follow the money and you will find the corruption.

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