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- Officials can have a huge impact on the outcome of games, as both NFL conference championship games proved this year.
- John Parry will serve as referee for Super Bowl LIII between the Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots.
- Since Parry became a referee in 2012, the Rams are 7-0 in games that he has officiated, while the Patriots are just 9-5.
- Check out all of Business Insider’s Super Bowl LIII coverage here.
If the NFL conference championship games taught us anything, it’s how crucial an official’s decision can be to the outcome of a game.
In the NFC Championship, the Saints were robbed of a spot in the Super Bowl due to a controversial no-call on what looked like an obvious pass interference penalty in the game’s final minutes. In the AFC Championship, a close-up, slow-motion review overturned what could have been a momentum-swinging turnover.
It’s a hard truth about sports, but sometimes, an official’s decision can make all the difference.
Understandably then, those that are selected to officiate the Super Bowl are the best in the league, chosen based on their performance throughout the season and experience through their careers.
This year, John Parry will be the referee of Super Bowl LIII, his third time on a Super Bowl time and the second time in the lead position.
— NFL Officiating (@NFLOfficiating) January 15, 2019
Parry’s selection might not be major news to most NFL fans, but one stark trend in his history tells us that it might be good news for the Los Angeles Rams.
Since Parry became a referee in 2007, the Rams are 7-0 in games that he has officiated. The Patriots also have a winning record when playing in games called by Parry, but their 9-5 mark is dotted with important losses – including the last Super Bowl that Parry worked, the Giants’ second win over the Patriots in 2012.
This is not a suggestion that Parry favors the Rams in any way, but a trend is a trend, and given how important the officials proved themselves to be in the conference championship games, this is a trend that Rams fans should certainly be happy is on their side.
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