Four months after blowing a call that handed the Denver Broncos a win over the San Diego Chargers, Ed Hochuli has been rewarded by the NFL with a playoff appearance, working today's game between the Baltimore Ravens and Miami Dolphins.
The NFL gives playoff assignments to officiating crews based on the way they performed during the regular season, and CBS announcer Phil Simms reported that the league actually rated Hochuli and the six other officials on his crew as the best team of officials in the league.
And although that won't sit well with Chargers fans, it's really not a surprise. Hochuli has long had a reputation for being a firm but fair ref, and just because he was very wrong on one very big call, that doesn't make him a bad referee. If he's been judged by the league office as the league's best ref, he belongs in the playoffs.
Ed Hochuli Works Ravens-Dolphins Playoff Game, NFL Grades Him Top Ref originally appeared on NFL FanHouse on Sun, 04 Jan 2009 13:58:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.