Ed Hochuli will be the lead referee for Sunday’s AFC Championship game between the New England Patriots and Denver Broncos.
The interesting part of Hochuli’s assignment to this game was the alternative option for him. If the NFL had assigned Hochuli to the NFC Championship Game featuring Carolina and Arizona, it would have brought to light an early season incident between Hochuli and Carolina’s Cam Newton.
During the fall, Newton claimed Hochuli told him he wasn’t old enough yet to get certain calls yet. That would have potentially been a big mess with a berth to Super Bowl 50 at stake.
Bill Vinovich, the referee for Super Bowl XLIX last season, will officiate the NFC Championship battle between the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers.
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