Todd Prukop, official on non-call in Seattle game, is on Super Bowl crew

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 16: Wide receiver Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons can't make the catch on fourth down as cornerback Richard Sherman #25 of the Seattle Seahawks defends at CenturyLink Field on October 16, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Wide receiver Julio Jones of the Falcons can’t make the catch on fourth down as cornerback Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks defends on the play on Oct. 16. Jones and the Falcons believe pass interference should have been called by backjudge Todd Prukop (left)). (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

For those Falcons’ fans looking to start their, “The NFL is out to get us” conspiracy theories for the upcoming Super Bowl against New England, here’s your ignition switch.

The league announced the officiating crew for the game in Houston. One name stands out above all others: Todd Prukop, backjudge.

Remember when streaking Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones was dragged down by Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman in Week 6 but pass interference was not called? It was Prukop who was responsible for making the call in the play. Coach Dan Quinn went ballistic on the sideline on the non-call and even the normally even-tempered Jones complained loudly. (See video)

For what it’s worth, ESPN.com recently did a story, titled, “2016 NFL officiating awards: Best and worst calls.” Prukop was part of a crew that was singled out — and was the officially mostly responsible — for an incorrect ruling in the New York Giants-Detroit game in Week 15. A four-yard pass to Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was ruled a catch despite visual evidence that the ball hit the ground and rolled between Beckham’s leg before the wide receiver picked it up.

News of the officiating crew was released after the Falcons’ locker room access on Wednesday.

The entire officiating crew for the Super Bowl: Umpire Dan Ferrell (who also worked the Seattle game), head linesman Kent Payne, line judge Jeff Seeman, field judge Doug Rosenbaum and side judge Dyrol Prioleau.

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E983
E983

Let's just play the game, ok?

Okeetee
Okeetee

We will pick up a few 5 yard holding penalties trying to cover those twerpy wide receivers they have, just as long as they call the SAME penalties on the Patriots when they hold our guys, who are quicker and faster! 

StrangeMurphy
StrangeMurphy


Doesn't matter.  The media had already decided the Falcons have no chance.  Heck, Roger Goodell has already said he'd have no problem handing the super bowl trophy to Tom Brady.  Not saying the NFL will throw the game but they too think the Falcons have no chance.


DawgNole
DawgNole

@StrangeMurphy

Who gave the Falcons a chance to make the Super Bowl after the first game of the season???

Who the hell cares if the NFL and media don't give them a chance???

TideDawg
TideDawg

@DawgNole @StrangeMurphy You're right Dawg. Only two teams make it this far and Atlanta is one of them....given a chance or not! The road to the title game is littered with bad calls. The NFL is not pure of heart regarding their stand on gambling. Teams are required to report any illnessess, injuries, arrests, players that are out etc......Why??  Because it changes the betting line. There's more money bet on the Super Bowl than any other game, or sport.

Gritzblitz
Gritzblitz

That might work in our favor. Ignore Robert Alford's gaffes. The Donald Trump of DB's can't resist grabbing.


DawgNole
DawgNole

Just what we need--a 12th man on the other side. 

TOJacket
TOJacket

That's a good thing because after that idiot has watched his stupid mistake over and over again...he will give us some pay back!!!

FineousMcDirtyBird
FineousMcDirtyBird

Well hopefully we play a better game next Sunday and aren't praying for perfect officiating in the final seconds to win. The bad first half was just as responsible for the Falcons losing that day.

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

If they keep the flags in their pockets on both sides and let the wide receivers and backs scrap? I like our chances with Julio and Mo.

lighteredknot
lighteredknot

If Robert Kraft continues to excoriate Comm  Gooddell, then perhaps the Patriots, will receive some subjective calls, and non- calls 2-5-2017