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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Cardinals, Seahawks draw 49ers-Rams ref

By Mike Sando

SEATTLE -- Carl Cheffers, the referee assigned to work the Arizona-Seattle game Sunday, was the same one presiding over two controversial scoring plays earlier this season.

Cheffers' crew incorrectly allowed a Carolina touchdown to stand during the Panthers' 21-13 victory over Washington in Week 9.

The NFL issued a statement acknowledging the error.

Last week, Cheffers' crew worked the San Francisco-St. Louis game featuring multiple questionable calls. According to former NFL officiating director Mike Pereira, the crew erred in calling intentional grounding against 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The penalty resulted in a safety, helping the Rams force overtime in a game they won, 16-13. The 49ers disputed the call. Cheffers' crew also called roughing the passer against he Rams' Robert Quinn, who was not fined on the play.

The website Football Zebras grades officials each week, projecting which ones will qualify for postseason work. The site suggests Cheffers' crew is having a rough year and will not qualify. The site says Mike Carey, who worked the Seattle-Chicago game last week, has been assigned to the 49ers' game against Miami in Week 14.