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NFL assigns Bill Vinovich and his crew to officiate Cardinals at Panthers

Referee Bill Vinovich, who called the Panthers’ game against the Rams in 2013, will bring his crew to Charlotte for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game between Carolina and Arizona.
Referee Bill Vinovich, who called the Panthers’ game against the Rams in 2013, will bring his crew to Charlotte for Sunday’s NFC Championship Game between Carolina and Arizona. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Respected referee Bill Vinovich and his playoff crew will officiate Sunday’s game between the Panthers and Cardinals.

Vinovich officiated last year’s Super Bowl between the Patriots and Seahawks.

Vinovich’s regular-season crew had the Panthers’ game against the Colts that went to overtime mid-season. He also officiated the 27-3 Arizona win against St. Louis in early December.

Ed Hochuli will officiate the AFC Championship Game. Clete Blakeman will officiate the Super Bowl.

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