Carl Cheffers has been confirmed as the head official for Super Bowl LI. Cheffers officiated the Divisional Round game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to Football Zebras. He’s the official who threw the controversial flag on Eric Fisher for holding.
The flag negated a successful two-point conversion by the Chiefs that would have given Kansas City a late-game lead over the Steelers. Pittsburgh won, 18-16, and advances to the AFC Championship to face the New England Patriots.
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce was angry and vocal about the call following the loss.
“Ref No. 51 shouldn’t even be able to wear a zebra jersey ever again,” Kelce said. “He shouldn’t even be able to work at fucking Foot Locker.”
This will be Cheffers’ first time officiating a Super Bowl. In addition to Sunday’s divisional game in Kansas City, Cheffers has officiated two wild card games.
Bosa missed the Chargers’ first four games because of a hamstring injury. He made up for his absence when he finally stepped on the field in Week 5, having two sacks and four tackles in his first NFL game. He finished the season with 10.5 sacks, one of the best in the NFL.
This likely won’t be the last time we hear their names called for rookie awards, with the “NFL Honors” set for Feb. 4. Elliott and Bosa are the front-runners for those honors, as well.
Outside of Elliott and Bosa, other Ohio State Buckeyes from their historic 2016 draft class named to the team were Michael Thomas of the Saints, and Taylor Decker of the Lions.