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Referee confidential: Parry makes desert debut

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

While we were musing about John Parry's standing among NFL referees, the league was assigning Parry to work the Falcons-Cardinals playoff game at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Parry, who recently completed his second season as an NFL referee, has officiated games involving every team but the Cardinals. That obviously changes when Atlanta and Arizona kick off at 4:30 p.m. ET.

The chart shows how many Arizona games each current referee has worked since 2003. Note that Ed Hochuli, who lives in Arizona, doesn't work Cardinals games very often.

Al Riveron, who just finished his first season as an NFL ref, worked two Arizona games. The league's other rookie referee, Carl Cheffers, also worked a Cardinals game this season.

Parry finished the 2008 regular season with only one replay reversal of any kind (coach- or booth-initiated). Every other referee suffered at least five. Bill Leavy (11) and Peter Morelli (10) were the only referees in double figures.

Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt finished the 2008 regular season with a 2-5 record in replay challenges, including 2-2 at home. Falcons coach Mike Smith also had a 2-5 record. That included 1-4 away from the Georgia Dome.