Who Is The Referee For The Steelers-Patriots AFC Championship Game?

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Terry McAulay is one of the most experienced officials in the NFL, particularly in the postseason. McAulay will add to his resume on Sunday, as he heads the officiating crew for Sunday’s AFC Championship game.

This will be McAulay’s 17th postseason game, and he brings 19 years of NFL officiating experience to the team. McAulay has worked three Super Bowls (39, 43, 48); all of them as a referee.

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Here’s the full crew working with McAulay on Sunday:

Umpire — Rich Hall (#49)
Head Linesman — Wayne Mackie (#106)
Line Judge — Mark Perlman (#9)
Field Judge — Scott Edwards (#3)
Side Judge — Boris Cheek (#41)
Back Judge — Tony Steratore (#112)

Officials stick with crews throughout the regular season, but “all-star” crews are assembled for the postseason. Because this crew is working a conference championship game, they will not be working the Super Bowl.

McAulay brings almost two decades of experience, but missed the start of the season with a medical issue. He was the referee for a Raiders-Buccaneers game earlier this season that featured 34 flags, one of the most heavily penalized games of the season. McAualy’s crew also worked the Giants-Panthers game in 2015, which featured a slew of personal foul penalties after altercations between Josh Norman and Odell Beckham Jr.

The AFC Championship is scheduled for 6:40 p.m. Eastern and will air on CBS.

According to reports, the referee for Super Bowl 51 will be Carl Cheffers. Cheffers has been an NFL referee since 2008, and his crew worked the Chiefs-Steelers game in the Divisional round.