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The NFL pulled a last-minute audible for Monday night's clash between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs, assigning an "all-star" officiating crew to oversee probably the most highly-anticipated game of the year.


According to ESPN's Kevin Seifert, the NFL replaced five members of referee Clete Blakeman's crew with higher-performing officials. It's an unusual move for a regular season game, especially since this is the usual method the league uses to staff playoff games. 

Rusty Baynes (Line Judge), Dale Shaw (Field Judge), Brad Freeman (Side Judge), Tony Steratore (Back Judge) and Jim Lapetina (Replay) are the five officials expected to replace Blakeman's staff, according to the official flip card published by the NFL

Monday night's game between the Chiefs and the Rams certainly has a playoff feel to it and could be a Super Bowl preview based on how dominant both teams have been this season. It only makes sense then that the league would step in to ensure the game is officiated as best as possible. 


That being said, penalties may or may not be a huge factor for a bettor's bottom line. Tread carefully, folks.


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