Don’t expect to see the officiating crew from Saturday’s Bengals-Raiders game again this postseason.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, head referee Jerome Boger and his crew for the Wild Card Weekend game are not expected officiate again this postseason and will likely receive poor grades from the NFL following their performance on Saturday, which was highlighted by a controversial whistle.
With just under two minutes in the first half remaining, Joe Burrow connected with Tyler Boyd for a 10-yard touchdown pass but a whistle was blown by an official who thought the Bengals quarterback stepped out of bounds.
Apparently, Boger and his crew “did not feel that the whistle was blown before the receiver caught the ball,” according to NFL senior vice president of officiating Walt Anderson.
“We confirmed with the referee and the crew that on that play — they got together and talked — they determined that they had a whistle, but that the whistle for them on the field was blown after the receiver caught the ball.”
Erroneous whistles are not reviewable under the NFL’s instant replay rules.
The result gave the Bengals a 20-6 lead but fans on social media were flabbergasted by the shoddy officiating.
Boger’s performance has been commented on by others around the league throughout the season and did not come as a surprise to one league source, according to Schefter.
The NFL does mix its officiating crews for the postseason rather than keeping ones who work the entire regular season together, which has also received plenty of criticism in recent years.
Typically, officials assigned to the wild-card round do not get the opportunity to work in the Super Bowl but those who earn high grades could become under consideration, per Schefter.