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Wild Card Weekend Referee Assignments

Football Zebras has confirmed the referees for the Wild Card weekend. Officials are listed with their uniform number, years of NFL experience (including this season), the crew each official worked with in the regular season (by the referee’s name), college, and outside occupation.

All times are Eastern.

Three alternates are assigned to each game: generally, one is designated for the offensive backfield (a referee or umpire), one is on the line of scrimmage (down judge or line judge), and one is a deep position (side judge, field judge, or back judge). When alternates are listed, their position during the regular season is also given. The prior playoff experience that is listed for the crew chief includes his service as an NFL official, including as referee and any other crew position (excluding alternate assignments).

For the second consecutive season, the Wild Card weekend features a referee getting his first postseason assignment as a crew chief and the referee who has the most postseason games of any active referee with 26.

Saturday, Jan. 6

AFC Wild Card: Titans at Chiefs, 4:35 p.m. ESPNABC

Jeff Triplette is the referee, who is in his 22nd season and 19th as referee. This is Triplette’s 11th postseason assignment, including 6 Wild Card Playoffs, 4 Divisional Playoffs, and 1 Conference Championship.

R42Jeff Triplette22Wake Forestrestructuring consultant
U11Fred Bryan9AllenNorthern Iowasuperintendent, juvenile correctional facility
DJ90Mike Spanier19ParrySt Cloud Statemiddle school principal
LJ79Kent Payne14CheffersNebraska Wesleyanteacher
FJ103Eugene Hall4BogerNorth Texasfederal agent
SJ109Dyrol Prioleau11BlakemanJohnson C Smithmanager, law firm
BJ133Steve Freeman17TripletteMississippi Statecustom home builder*

*indicates full-time official

  • Replay: Earnie Frantz
  • Alternates: Pete Morelli (R), Ron Marinucci (LJ), Todd Prukop (BJ)

NFC Wild Card: Falcons at Rams, 8:15 p.m. NBC

Ed Hochuli is the referee, who is in his 27th season and 25th as referee. This is Hochuli’s 26th postseason assignment, the most of any active official, which include 11 Wild Card Playoffs, 5 Divisional Playoffs, 8 Conference Championships, and Super Bowls XXXII and XXXVIII.

R85Ed Hochuli28Texas-El Pasoattorney
U14Shawn Smith3HochuliFerris Stateinternal auditor
DJ28Mark Hittner21WrolstadPittsburg Stateinvestment broker
LJ108Gary Arthur21SteratoreWright Statepresident, commercial printing company
FJ72Michael Banks16McAulayIllinois Statecarpenter foreman
SJ88Brad Freeman4CheffersMississippi Statesports park director
BJ119Greg Wilson10AndersonUSClaw enforcement
  • Replay: Billy Smith
  • Alternates: Walt Coleman (R), Sarah Thomas (DJ), Gary Cavaletto (SJ)

Sunday, Jan. 7

AFC Wild Card: Bills at Jaguars, 1:05 p.m. CBS

John Hussey is the referee, who is in his 16th season and 3rd as referee. This is Hussey’s 10th postseason assignment, including 4 Wild Card Playoffs, 3 Divisional Playoffs, 2 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl XLV. This is his first postseason game as referee.

R35John Hussey16Idaho Statesales representative, retail logistics group
U129Bill Schuster18swingAlfredinsurance broker*
DJ110Phil McKinnely16VinovichUCLAinventory control
LJ59Rusty Baynes8HochuliAuburn-Montgomerygeneral manager, safety services*
FJ50Aaron Santi3TorbertSouthern Oregonmiddle school principal
SJ55Alex Kemp4HochuliCentral Michiganinsurance agent
BJ111Terrence Miles10ColemanArizona Statequality control manager*

*indicates full-time official

  • Replay: Mike Wimmer
  • Alternates: Carl Cheffers (R), Dana McKenzie (LJ), John Jenkins (FJ)

NFC Wild Card: Panthers at Saints, 4:40 p.m. Fox

Tony Corrente is the referee, who is in his 23rd season and 20th as referee. This is Corrente’s 17th postseason assignment, including 6 Wild Card Playoffs, 5 Divisional Playoffs, 5 Conference Championships, and Super Bowl XLI.

R99Tony Corrente23Cal State-Fullertonretired educator
U92Bryan Neale4MorelliIndianasales consultant
DJ74Derick Bowers15ColemanEast Centralsales representative*
LJ47Tim Podraza10MorelliNebraskabanker
FJ33Steve Zimmer21WrolstadHofstraattorney*
SJ43Terry Brown12TripletteTennesseeprobation supervisor
BJ105Dino Paganelli12SteratoreAquinas Collegeeducator

*indicates full-time official

  • Replay: Larry Nemmers
  • Alternates: Jerome Boger (R), Kevin Codey (LJ), Tony Steratore (BJ)

Here are the times and dates for the NFL 2017–18 postseason. All times are Eastern. Referee assignments will be posted when available.

Wild Card Playoffs

Crews | Coverage

Saturday, Jan. 6

  • ⁵Titans at ⁴Chiefs, 4:35 p.m. ESPNABC — Jeff Triplette
  • ⁶Falcons at ³Rams, 8:15 p.m. NBC — Ed Hochuli

Sunday, Jan. 7

  • ⁶Bills at ³Jaguars, 1:05 p.m. CBS — John Hussey
  • ⁵Panthers at ⁴Saints, 4:40 p.m. Fox — Tony Corrente

Divisional Playoffs

Crews | Coverage

Saturday, Jan. 13

  • ⁶Falcons at ¹Eagles, 4:35 p.m. NBC — Bill Vinovich
  • ⁵Titans at ¹Patriots, 8:15 p.m. CBS — Ron Torbert

Sunday, Jan. 14

  • ³Jaguars at ²Steelers, 1:05 p.m. CBS — Brad Allen
  • ⁴Saints at ²Vikings, 4:40 p.m. FOX — Gene Steratore

Conference Championships

Crews | Coverage

Sunday, Jan. 21

  • ³Jaguars at ¹Patriots, 3:05 p.m. CBS — Clete Blakeman
  • ²Vikings at ¹Eagles, 6:40 p.m. Fox — Ed Hochuli

Super Bowl LII

Sunday, Feb. 4

*designated home team