Hochuli gets call for Pats-49ers

Ed Hochuli talks to Patriots coach Bill Belichick prior to a 2007 game. Greg M. Cooper/US Presswire

Ed Hochuli has been assigned to referee Sunday's game between the Patriots and 49ers at Gillette Stadium.

This is the first Patriots assignment of the season for Hochuli, the referee who is known for, among other things, his command on the microphone, biceps, and impressive diet.

A look at referees assigned to Patriots games this season:

vs. 49ers: Ed Hochuli

vs. Texans: Terry McAulay

at Dolphins: Ron Winter

at Jets: Mike Carey

vs. Colts: John Parry

vs. Bills: Bill Leavy

at Rams (London): Walt Coleman

vs. Jets: Jeff Triplette

at Seahawks: Clete Blakeman

vs. Broncos: Gene Steratore

at Bills: John Parry

at Ravens: Bruce Hermansen*

vs. Cardinals: David Scott*

at Titans: Jerry Frump*

*Replacement official