Clete Blakeman, Bill Vinovich, Walt Anderson, Shawn Hochuli head Divisional Round officiating crews

Getty Images

The NFL announced the four head referees that will lead the officiating crews for this weekend’s Divisional Round playoff matchups.

Walt Anderson will have the Minnesota Vikings at San Francisco 49ers matchup in the Saturday afternoon window with Bill Vinovich leading the Tennessee Titans at Baltimore Ravens Saturday night contest.

Shawn Hochuli has the Houston Texans at Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday with Clete Blakeman heading the Seattle Seahawks at Green Bay Packers game on Sunday afternoon.

The notable aspect of the Divisional Round for the officiating crews is the officials that will work the Super Bowl typically are assigned games during this weekend. As long as that procedure holds constant, either Blakeman, Vinovich, Anderson or Hochuli would be assigned to work Super Bowl LIV on February 2.

Blakeman, Vinovich and Anderson have all been the head referee for one prior Super Bowl. Blakeman had Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. Vinovich had Super Bowl XLIX between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks, and Anderson had Super Bowl XLV between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers.

21 responses to “Clete Blakeman, Bill Vinovich, Walt Anderson, Shawn Hochuli head Divisional Round officiating crews

  1. Get ready for massive incompetence/ corruption ‼️ Vinovich was responsible for New Orleans-Minnesota fiasco last year; Anderson always has been awful: Blakeman and Hochuli screwed up recent games. Pathetic ‼️😡

  2. Then NFL owes the Vikings after Pete Morelli stole the Super Bowl from them in 09.

    What I find amusing is you don’t hear a peep from the aints minions about that game, their cheating & bountygate & the officials just ignoring calls, calling first down in OT when the ball was fumble & the replay showed he was stopped short. It was disgusting the hose job the NFL did.

    NO will not win another playoff game again after selling their souls for that win.

    Still not one NO fan spoke up about all the bad officiating but they wouldn’t shut up about Rudolph & William even though Williams was draped all over Rudolph before the push off. It would’ve been offsetting penalties & Cook would’ve scored easy. NO was already done.

    & the year prior they cried so much that this years PI rule was created. Yet they say nothing about the egregious penalties against the Vikings.

    I hope it stings, I hope it burns

    THE NFL OWES THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS AFTER CHEATING THEM OUT OF THE SUPER BOWL

  3. Imagine that the Packers have Clete Blakeman. When I seen the four names I just knew, Blakeman’s crew was gonna be in Green Bay. No wonder why the Packers had a 13-3 record this year, Blakeman and his crew are like personal refs for Aaron Rodgers and company.

    My Prediction

    Green Bay Refs 31 Seattle Seahawks 17

  4. Referees are supposed to be transparent. The fact that the NFL has announced who their officials are, is a clear sign that they aren’t.

  5. chmba says:
    January 7, 2020 at 5:43 am
    Get ready for massive incompetence/ corruption ‼️ Vinovich was responsible for New Orleans-Minnesota fiasco last year; Anderson always has been awful: Blakeman and Hochuli screwed up recent games. Pathetic ‼️😡
    ————————————————————————————–
    Sorry but it was New Orleans and the Rams last year…..

  6. No wonder why the Packers had a 13-3 record this year, Blakeman and his crew are like personal refs for Aaron Rodgers and company
    —–
    We are all dumber for having read this. Thanks.

  7. I don’t know what ref it is, but there’s one or two of them when you can just tell it’s going to be a long day after the first flag. It’s ridiculous how inconsistent a multi-billion dollar industry operates.

  8. Clete and his crew are typically a bit flag happy so I am not overjoyed having them officiating the Hawks vs. Packers game.

    I am not a internet troll/lonely child with way too much time on my hands so I won’t talk about Clete being crooked and fixing games.

    I will say that Clete does seem to enjoy his time on TV and I expect several flags and him gathering his crew to chat a lot on Sunday.😐

    #GoPackGo!🏈

  9. Didn’t Clete do the Lambeau leap at a couple games this year? GB will be able to hold all day long, once again.

  10. Clete Blakeman did one Green Bay game and Two Seahawks games this season. In all three there was nothing to indicate the upcoming game is skewed too far, one way or another. His average number of penalties against the home team is about 44%, which is about 3% lower than the League average. He also seems to be relatively consistent over the last ten years.

    Since becoming a referee in 2010 he has been in charge of 10 games involving Green Bay, but just once in last two seasons. Coincidentally, he oversaw that same amount, 10 Seahawks games, with four coming the past two years.

    My hope is the Referees play only a neutral role in the games this weekend. I don’t see anything to make me nervous that won’t be the case.

  11. Only 5 of the 15 comments are from Vikings fans. Normally it would be at least 80%. Hmmm. Maybe getting a win due to the refs is still on their minds?

  12. hitbyamacktruck says:
    January 7, 2020 at 9:57 am

    Imagine that the Packers have Clete Blakeman. When I seen the four names I just knew, Blakeman’s crew was gonna be in Green Bay. No wonder why the Packers had a 13-3 record this year, Blakeman and his crew are like personal refs for Aaron Rodgers and company.

    My Prediction

    Green Bay Refs 31 Seattle Seahawks 17
    ///////////
    With Clete Blakeman the Packers get extra downs with penalties like hands to the face and when the game is over it really isn’t over.

  13. chawk12thman says:
    January 7, 2020 at 4:47 pm

    Clete Blakeman did one Green Bay game and Two Seahawks games this season. In all three there was nothing to indicate the upcoming game is skewed too far, one way or another. His average number of penalties against the home team is about 44%, which is about 3% lower than the League average. He also seems to be relatively consistent over the last ten years.
    ______________

    Hey, Hey, Hey, don’t you dare corrupt these threads with facts and accurate information!
    Don’t you realize that these things are like Kryptonite to your average Barney.

    No, you must let them babble on with their non-sensical musings and conspiracy theories, the truth only clouds their dull heads.
    They’re lemmings, tinfoil hat wearing lemmings, and they must be treated with kid gloves.

  14. As a Chiefs fans, I’m thrilled that Walt Anderson will not be the ref in their game. He is quite possibly THE worst ref in all of football, pros, college, and high school included.

  15. It doesn’t matter who is refereeing the game at Green Bay, State Farm is a Major sponsor & money talks. Watch for Aaron’s drives to be extended again.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!