In case you missed it, Jayson Jenks wrote today about the possible impact on Sunday’s game of officiating, noting that so far in the playoffs it appears that fewer penalties are being called.
It’s in that context that I pass along a couple of other officiating-related items today:
— First, here’s a breakdown of the crew for Sunday’s game against the 49ers from CSNBayArea.com.
Most telling may be this passage about side judge Greg Meyer:
When the clubs met again Dec. 8 in San Francisco, Meyer threw flags on Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman for two defensive holding penalties. He also flagged Seattle receiver Golden Tate and called 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin for offensive pass interference as he was blocking for Michael Crabtree near the goal line before the pass arrived.
Undoubtedly, how the officials call the game in the secondary could go a long way toward determining the outcome.
— Also today, the NFL has taken the somewhat unusual step of announcing the unusual step of announcing the head ref for the Super Bowl before the matchup is even determined:
McAulay, you will recall, worked the Seattle-New Orleans game Saturday.