How will 49ers fare in hostile environment?
Field judge Scott Edwards (left) and back judge Perry Paganelli both worked the 49ers’ Week 2 game at Seattle. (AP)
Referee Gene Steratore has been assigned to officiate the NFC Championship game on Sunday that matches the 49ers at the Seattle Seahawks.
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Steratore has not officiated a 49ers game this season. He was the head official of one Seahawks game – a late-October game at St. Louis.
But, more important, each of the officials in the defensive backfield has worked one 49ers-Seahawks matchup this season.
Field judge Scott Edwards, back judge Perry Paganelli and side judge Greg Meyer have been assigned to work on Steratore’s crew for Sunday’s game, according to footballzebras.com.
Edwards and Paganelli both worked the 49ers’ Week 2 game at Seattle, while Meyer was assigned to the 49ers-Seahawks rematch at Candlestick Park.
In going back and watching those games, it appeared as if Paganelli called pass interference against 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers early in the first quarter against Sidney Rice in the slot. Rogers disputed the call. Neither Paganelli nor Edwards threw any flags against the Seahawks secondary.
When the clubs met again Dec. 8 in San Francisco, Meyer threw flags on Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman for two defensive holding penalties. He also flagged Seattle receiver Golden Tate and called 49ers receiver Anquan Boldin for offensive pass interference as he was blocking for Michael Crabtree near the goal line before the pass arrived.