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Reports: NFL referee Jeff Triplette assigned to Bengals-Chargers

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The NFL has assigned Jeff Triplette to be the referee of Sunday's AFC Wild Card game between the Bengals and Chargers at Paul Brown Stadium, according to various websites.

Ordinarily the selection of the referee (the official who wears the white hat) isn't a big deal.

However, Triplette is known for two major gaffes during the regular season.

From Josh Katzowitz of CBSSports.com:

"The end of the Giants-Redskins game was marred, in part, by the game officials moving the first-down chain when, in reality, it should have been third down (and then, they moved it back for fourth down).

Then, the next week, Triplette seemed to botch a replay review in which he gave the Bengals a fourth-down touchdown they probably didn't deserve.

Yet that won't stop Triplette from continuing his season, as Footballzebras.com reports that Triplette will referee Sunday's Bengals-Chargers playoff game.

But here's the thing. The assignments for postseason football assignments are merit-based, so clearly, Triplette was graded high enough that the NFL feels like he deserves to be rewarded."

And here's this from Peter King of SI.com: 

"This week's sign hat the officiating apocalypse is upon us:

The NFL has assigned Jeff Triplette to referee the wild-card game between San Diego and Cincinnati. Triplette's last trip to Paul Brown Stadium came four weeks ago, when he thoroughly messed up an instant-replay review that handed the Bengals an unjust reward."

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