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NFL explains referee’s ‘Jungle Boy’ comment during playoff game

NFL referee Ed Hochuli during an NFL preseason football game in 2008.
NFL referee Ed Hochuli during an NFL preseason football game in 2008. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Leave it to a referee to steal the spotlight in Saturday’s first NFL playoff game.

The snoozer between the now 8-8-1 Panthers and the Ryan Lindley-led Cardinals got a boost from referee Ed Hochuli. He opened the game by giving Carolina the choice on the coin-toss after the Cardinals won the toss (that was corrected).

He also said it was the end of the first quarter ... after the third quarter ended.

But this was the doozy:

Here is the explanation from the NFL’s vice president of officiating:

According to the Associated Press, Sifferman was a long-time field judge on Hochuli’s crew before becoming a replay official. He was nicknamed “Jungle Boy” by members of the crew for touring a jungle on a trip to Hawaii.

Here is what people said about the other calls:

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