Refs, line, announcers, and weather for Sunday

Refs, line, announcers, and weather for Sunday
January 18, 2014, 4:00 pm
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DENVER – The skies will be clear, the wind will be light, the temperature will approach 60 degrees in Denver on Sunday.
 
So weather will not be a factor for the AFC Championship. Unless the fact the weather is good could be considered a factor in not being a factor.
 
Ruminate.
 
Bigger factor? The officiating crew.
 
Tony Corrente is the referee. The rest of the mixed crew is Paul King (umpire), Kent Payne (head linesman), John Hussey (line judge), Craig Wolstad (field judge), Tom Hill (side judge) and Greg Wilson (back judge).
 
Payne will be the one monitoring the false start/encroachment calls. Peyton Manning got five on Denver last week. Keying on whether or not Manning is bobbing his head or feigning a reception of a snap by quickly moving his hands should also be on his list.
 
Wolstad, Hill and Wilson will be the ones monitoring pass interference and how much contact they deem incidental or impactful will no doubt be a component in the game at some point.
 
Meanwhile, CBS’ top team of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms will be on the call at 3 p.m. Follow along with this guy on Twitter for some Simmsian amusement. According to our chronicler, Phil said “talked about” 24 times in last week’s broadcast, down from his record of 38.
 
The line for the game opened at 7 and, according to Sportsbook.com, has settled in at 5.5. A lot of units have been put on the Patriots. At Bovada.com, the Patriots are getting 4.
 
The total at Bovada is 56.5