Super Bowl 2017: Referees for the Falcons-Patriots Game

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Bengals head coach with referee Carl Cheffers. Cheffer will officiate Super Bowl 2017. (Getty)

Referee Carl Cheffers has drawn the biggest game of his NFL career — the Super Bowl.

The 17-year veteran will be the crew chief for Sunday’s game between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

He entered the NFL in 2000 as a side judge and was promoted to referee prior to the 2008 season.

Cheffers, a sales manager in the offseason, has no prior Super Bowl experience, but was the alternate referee for SB XLIX in February 2015. He has worked 10 postseason games, including four Wild Card games, four Divisional Round games and two Conference Championships.

Cheffers last assignment was the Steelers 18-16 win over the Chiefs in a Divisional contest nearly three weeks ago. In that game, he made a crucial holding against the Chiefs and drew the wrath of Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce. Kelce ripped into Cheffers, but later issued an apology.

Click here to see how the NFL chooses officials for the postseason.

According to, this is the crew that will work with Cheffers:

Umpire — Dan Ferrell (#54), 14 years experience
Head Linesman — Kent Payne (#79), 13 years experience
Line Judge — Jeff Seeman (#45), 15 years experience
Field Judge — Doug Rosenbaum (#67), 15 years experience
Side Judge — Dyrol Prioleau (#109), 10 years experience
Back Judge — Todd Prukup (#30), 8 years experience

Of those, only Seeman, Rosenbaum and Payne have worked a Super Bowl. Seeman was part of the crew at SB 44 and Rosenbaum and Payne No. 45.

Alternates for Sunday are Walt Coleman (referee), Tony Michalek (umpire), Mike Spanier (short wing), Michael Banks (deep wing) and Greg Yette (back judge).

The replay official will be Tom Sifferman.