Eighth-year referee Clete Blakeman will work his first Super Bowl on Feb. 7 when the Carolina Panthers play the Denver Broncos at Santa Clara, California



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NEW YORK — Eighth-year referee Clete Blakeman will work his first Super Bowl on Feb. 7 when the Carolina Panthers play the Denver Broncos at Santa Clara, California.

The NFL announced Wednesday that Blakeman will handle his sixth postseason game. He refereed Green Bay-Arizona in the divisional round, when he needed to redo the coin toss for overtime when the coin didn't flip.

Jeff Rice, the umpire from Blakeman's crew, also got a Super Bowl assignment, his third. He was on the field for Super Bowls 36 and 38.

The other officials will be head linesman Wayne Mackie, line judge Rusty Baynes, field judge Boris Cheek, side judge Scott Edwards, and back judge Keith Ferguson.

Cheek and Ferguson also have worked one Super Bowl each. Cheek officiated Super Bowl 42 and Ferguson in Super Bowl 43.

Mackie, Baynes and Edwards have not officiated a Super Bowl.

Charles Stewart will be the replay official, assisted by Jimmy Oldham.

Collectively, the Super Bowl 50 officiating crew has 97 years of NFL experience and 62 combined playoff assignments.

Mackie and Ferguson both worked with referee John Hussey this season. Baynes was with Ed Hochuli, Cheek with Walt Coleman and Edwards with Ron Torbert.


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