The NFL picked Clete Blakeman to be the referee for Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos.
Blakeman, an attorney by trade, was an alternate at Super Bowl XLVIII when Denver lost to Seattle. The Broncos are 5-0 when Blakeman officiates their games, though he hasn’t had a Denver game all season.
The Panthers are 2-2 when Blakeman is the referee, including a Week 2 win against Houston this season. He was also the referee for Carolina’s thrilling 2013 Monday night victory against New England that saw a pass interference flag in the end zone against Carolina be picked up.
Blakeman has officiated five playoff games in his eight-year career, with the most recently being Arizona’s overtime win against Green Bay. That game was known, in part, for Blakeman’s botched overtime coin flip, but otherwise the game was bereft of controversy.
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The league has shuffled Blakeman’s official crew. Like every official in the playoffs, he’ll have a different crew than his regular-season group.