How many referees' names do you actually know? In an ideal world, it'd be Ed Hochuli, and that's it. But the name Jeff Triplette has popped up a few times this year, and not for anything good: Triplette's crew had major game-changing screw-ups in consecutive weeks. And what do you know? Triplette's working a playoff game.
Football Zebras has the ref assignments for this weekend's wild card slate, and there's the veteran Triplette, heading up Chargers-Bengals. That's heartening for the Bengals, who were the recipients of a gift touchdown from Triplette's crew in Week 14. The naked eye appeared to show BenJarvus Green-Ellis tripped up shy of the goal line on a fourth-down carry, and replay did too—but the officials inexplicably overturned the call on the field and awarded Cincinnati the score.