I’ve been asked about Terry McAulay, the referee assigned to the Seattle-Chicago game on Sunday night. The Seahawks have had him four times since Mike Holmgren arrived, all since 2002. They are 1-3 in those games, winning the most recent one (against Dallas last season). McAulay has assessed 23 penalties against Seattle and 27 against Seattle’s opponents in those games. Holmgren is 0-2 in replay challenges against him. Opposing coaches are 0-1 in challenges.
McAulay was the referee when Keyshawn Johnson scored that disputed touchdown in the Seattle-Dallas game in 2004; the Seattle-Chicago game Sunday night will feature the same replay official who failed to challenge that Keyshawn touchdown in the final two minutes. The mistake helped the Cowboys force overtime. Holmgren also unsuccessfully challenged a 39-yard completion to Johnson in that Seattle-Dallas game two years ago.
A little bonus chart for you officiating gurus:
NOTE: Officiating information culled from official NFL gamebooks. In some cases the gamebooks do not include all declined penalties. For this reason, official stats will differ slightly.