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Leavy assigned to referee game

Given some of the heated talk leading up to Sunday's playoff game between the Patriots and Jets -- most of it delivered by the Jets -- the way the contest is officiated and managed becomes a bigger storyline that it normally would be.

Along those lines, Bill Leavy has been assigned to referee Sunday's game.

Leavy is one of the league's most experienced referees, first working in the NFL as a field judge/back judge in 1995 before he was promoted to referee in 2001. He has worked eight playoff games and two Super Bowls (one as a back judge, the other as a referee).