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Super Bowl officials announced

Glendale, AZ (Sports Network) - Mike Carey has been selected as the referee to head the seven-man crew that will officiate Super Bowl XLII between the New York Giants and New England Patriots on Sunday.

Carey, concluding his 18th season as an NFL game official, will referee a Super Bowl for the first time. He was an alternate for Super Bowl XXXVI, but has officiated in 14 playoff games -- two conference championships, four divisional playoffs and eight wild card games.

The Santa Clara University alum was the referee the last time the Giants and Patriots met, a 38-35 New England victory in the regular-season finale at Giants Stadium.

Joining Carey on this year's Super Bowl crew will be umpire Tony Michalek, head linesman Gary Slaughter, line judge Carl Johnson, field judge Boris Cheek, side judge Larry Rose and back judge Scott Helverson. The crew has 71 years of NFL officiating experience and 43 combined postseason game assignments.

Ken Baker is the replay assistant.

Under the NFL officiating program's evaluation system, the highest-rated officials at each position with the appropriate experience earn the right to work the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl officials must have five years of NFL experience and previous playoff assignments.

01/30 13:49:05 ET