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The NFL Has Reportedly Made A Big Officiating Change

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The NFL has reportedly made a big officiating change heading into Monday night's showdown between the Los Angeles Rams and Kansas City Chiefs.

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that five members of a referee's crew have been pulled in anticipation of Monday's game.

The ESPN NFL insider says this kind of move is really unprecedented in the regular season.

Kevin Seifert had more details:

The NFL took the unusual step this week of assigning an "all-star" officiating crew to the most highly anticipated game of the season, adding to the playofflike frenzy for Monday night's matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams.

Referee Clete Blakeman will work the game with only two members of his regular crew, umpire Ramon George and down judge Dana McKenzie. The other five officials -- including Jim Lapetina, who will handle replay -- were plucked from four other crews.

The approach is similar to how the NFL assigns officials to playoff games, a process that is based on performance and seniority rather than crew. But it is rarely, if ever, employed before the postseason. Officials typically work on the same eight-person crews throughout the regular season to maximize continuity and familiarity among members.

The Rams and the Chiefs are set to kick off at 8:15 p.m. E.T. on Monday.

The game will be on ESPN.