Report: Walt Coleman will work as referee for Patriots-Falcons
|09.26.13 at 7:15 am ET|
Good news for Patriots fans: Walt Coleman will serve as the referee for Sunday night’s New England-Atlanta game, according to our pals at Football Zebras.
Coleman, who has worked as a referee since 2000, gained a small measure of fame as the official who made the key call in the “Tuck Rule” game between the Patriots and Raiders in January 2002. Since then, Coleman has been a fairly regular presence when it comes to New England games over the years, usually working one game a year. (Last season, he worked as the referee in the Patriots-Rams game held in London.) However, it’s worth noting that Coleman hasn’t worked a Raiders game since that 2002 playoff contest.
For what it’s worth, Coleman was also the official in an Oct. 31, 2004 game between New England and Pittsburgh that saw the end of the Patriots’ 21-game winning streak. (For more on his history as a ref, check out his page at Pro Football Reference.)
Here’s a quick review of the Snow Bowl and Coleman’s place in Patriots’ history.