Super Bowl XLV Officiating Crew & Penalty Report

By Michael Shouse

This is an article on the officiating crew for Super Bowl XLV between the Steelers and Packers. Just as it would be for an umpire in any professional sports league, getting to officiate a Super Bowl is a really big deal and a mark of prestige. Here is the Super Bowl XLV crew with the crew they belonged to in the regular season in parentheses…

Referee Walt Anderson
Umpire Chad Brown (Ed Hochuli)
Head Linesman Kent Payne (Carl Cheffers )
Field Judge Doug Rosenbaum (Jerome Boger)
Line Judge John Hussey (Pete Morelli)
Side Judge Mike Weatherford (Gene Steratore)
Back Judge Scott Helverson (Scott Green)
Jerome Boger- Alternate

Anderson is a 15 year NFL veteran and was the line judge in the Ravens Super Bowl XXXV win over the Giants. He is a retired Dentist and has a Doctorate of Dentistry from the University of Texas. Anderson played his college football for Sam Houston State where he was a two time Academic All-American and 4 year letterman. Anderson is assigned the number 66. In addition to his NFL duties, Anderson is the coordinator of officiating for the Big 12 conference.

During the regular season, Anderson’s crew called the third fewest holding penalties with 31 penalties called for 267 yards. However on false starts, Anderson and his crew called the most in the league with 42 for 205. Anderson’s crew called the fifth most offsides penalties with 21 for 106 yards. On defensive pass interference calls Anderson’s crew ranked 12th with 11 calls for 197 yards. On personal fouls Anderson and his crew tied for third with 3 calls for 45 yards.

I see the game playing out a little easier referee wise than the crews we had in the divisional and conference championship matchups. Anderson is a guy who has played the game and is a more than capable referee. I see him and his crew calling a fairly straightforward game. I don’t see a lot of ticky tack penalties getting called. Of course I could be wrong but that’s how I see things playing out. The complete penalty report for each team in the playoffs follows. Enjoy the game and the climb toward #7. It does not get any better than this.

Below are the playoff penalty reports for both the Steelers and the Packers:

Playoff Penalty Report for Green Bay Packers

TEAMOPPONENTPENALTY YARD DIFFERENTIAL
DateOpponentResultPenaltiesYardsNullified Yards1st DownsPenaltiesYardsNullified Yards1st DownsGameSeason
1/9@ PHIW21520750713535
1/15@ ATLW66504732253-332
1/23@ CHIW64051989934951
Totals:14120752317141751
Nullified yards are yards nullified by penalties on the offense or the punt or kickoff return team
PenaltyCountDeclinedYardsNullified YardsFirst DownsStalled Drive
Offensive Holding3030701
Defensive Pass Interference2035020
Defensive Holding2010020
Delay of Game2010001
False Start2010000
Defensive Offside215000
Roughing the Passer1015010
Ineligible Downfield Kick105000
Totals:151120752
Count includes declined and offset penalties. First Downs: penalty caused a first down for other team. Stalled Drive: no points scored on drive and no first down earned after penalty incurred.

Playoff Penalty Report for Pittsburgh Steelers

TEAM

OPPONENTPENALTY YARD DIFFERENTIAL
DateOpponentResultPenaltiesYardsNullified Yards1st DownsPenaltiesYardsNullified Yards1st DownsGameSeason
1/15BLTW993302674123-19-19
1/23NYJW4250365004256
Totals:13118305121241276
Nullified yards are yards nullified by penalties on the offense or the punt or kickoff return team.
PenaltyCountDeclinedYardsNullified YardsFirst DownsStalled Drive
Defensive Pass Interference2043020
Unnecessary Roughness2026000
Delay of Game2010000
False Start2010001
Illegal Contact2010020
Offensive Holding1010500
Defensive Holding105010
Illegal Block Above the Waist104700
Ineligible Downfield Kick110000
Totals:1411181251
Count includes declined and offset penalties. First Downs: penalty caused a first down for other team. Stalled Drive: no points scored on drive and no first down earned after penalty incurred.

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  • Brian Hennessey

    The difference in this game was the officiating. Ben wouldn’t have thrown that interception on 2 and 11 if the bad penalty was’nt called in the first place. The holding call by the steelers lineman on Clay Mathews was a textbook block not a hold. There was a facemask tackle right in front of the ref on Mendenhal that was’nt called. Interference on the steeler receiver was’nt called on the second interception. There was no replay on the unsportsmanlike penalty but my guess is that they coulnd’nt find it. The refs were eager to call them on the Steelers and hesitant to call them on GreenBay. Just look how long it took to call the unsportsmanlike when the GreenBay player right hooked the Steeler during the return. The league got the team they wanted to win.

  • mike wertz

    Brian grow up. It’s not rigged. There’s plenty of plays that go both ways and your sitting here making excuses like every penalty and play that went against Ben rapist burger and your dirty playing steelers was on purpose.

    I saw TONS of helmet to helmet hits from steelers not called so I’d say the game was pretty fair.

    You guys lost. Man up and admit you lost to the best team in the NFL and try again next year.