Officiating in the NFL this season has not exactly been ideal with many games in 2023 featuring missed penalty calls or quite simply bad officiating all together. With that said, we've seen some improvements in the postseason - but a perfect game must be called in the big game on Sunday.
So, with Super Bowl 58 in Las Vegas finally here, who will the officiating crew for this year's Super Bowl be? This crew may give fans a big sigh of relief with how sharp they have been in calling games this season.
Who is the officiating crew in Super Bowl 58?
This year's Super Bowl crew will be led by Bill Vinovich, who has been a referee in the NFL since 2001. This will also be his third Super Bowl he has called and second over the last five years. The two other Super Bowls that Vinovich has been the lead referee in were Super Bowl 49 between the New England Patriots vs. the Seattle Seahawks and Super Bowl 54 between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs.
Vinovich's crew typically in the past has called games with not many penalties. In 2023, his crew averaged only 13.4 flags per game which was tied for the seventh fewest in the NFL, according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Vinovich's crew for the big game will consist of Terry Killens being the umpire, Patrick Holt as the down judge, Mark Perlman being the line judge, Tom Hill as the field judge, Allen Baynes as the side judge, Brad Freeman as the back judge and the replay official will be Mike Chase.
With countless people getting ready for the Super Bowl, we can expect a great game from the Chiefs and 49ers in Sin City. We can only hope Vinovich and his guys also perform at a high level.