The NFL Vice President of Officiating, Dean Blandino, makes the determination as to who will referee the big game, but it must be an official ranked in the top-tier.
Football Zebras report that Blandino also considers other factors in determining the Super Bowl referee, but accuracy percentages reportedly play a large role in the decision.
Blakeman officiated the NFC Divisional Round playoff between the Arizona Cardinals and Green Bay Packers — the one that featured the no-flip coin toss in overtime. The Cardinals advanced, only to be decimated in the NFC title game.
As for how Blakeman relates to the Denver Broncos, the last game he officiated for Denver came on December 28th, 2014, in a game that saw Peyton Manning and C.J. Anderson obliterate the Oakland Raiders 47-14.
The Broncos are a perfect 5-0 in games refereed by Blakeman. The Carolina Panthers are 2-2.
According to Pro Football Reference, Blakeman threw a career-high 14 flags on average in games he refereed in 2015 — good for 113.19 penalty yards per game.
However, Blakeman's numbers closely resemble the league averages and do not much deviate from the mean.
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