Seahawks Insider Blog

Winter gets the call

Ron Winter is the referee assigned to the Seahawks-Chargers game, according to the flip card posted here. The Seahawks are 2-2 in regular-season games and 1-0 in playoff games under coach Mike Holmgren when Winter serves as referee. Those regular-season games were played on the road (2005 at Rams, 2001 at Giants, 2000 at Falcons, 2000 at Dolphins). The home game was the divisional playoff matchup with the Redskins last season. Nothing unusual jumps out about those games from an officiating standpoint. Going back a few years, Winter's crew presided over that Giants-49ers playoff game with the missed pass-interference call that hurt the Giants. This is a different crew.

This season, Winter has been challenged 13 times by coaches, tied for fourth-most in the league, with six reversals. He was reversed three times in one game, a 26-10 Jaguars victory over the Giants on Nov. 20. He has been challenged only twice by the replay official, with no reversals. Winter was one of five referees who had not been assigned to a Seattle game this season. The remaining four: Bill Vinovich, Jerome Boger, Walt Coleman and, shockingly, Bill Leavy.