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Clete Blakeman's difficulty with coin tosses didn't stop the league from appointing him to referee Super Bowl 50.

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL clearly isn't upset about Clete Blakeman's difficulty with the overtime coin flip in the Arizona Cardinals' Divisional win over the Green Bay Packers. Blakeman has been scheduled to referee Super Bowl 50, per

The coin flip controversy in the Packers' loss to the Cardinals began when Blakeman flipped the coin, but the coin didn't actually flip. It went straight up in the air and came straight down. Blakeman quickly flipped again without giving the Packers the opportunity to change their call from tails to heads, and Arizona won the toss and took possession. The Cardinals scored on the first play from scrimmage, winning the game, 26-20, and advancing to the NFC Championship.

Aaron Rodgers was unhappy about the result of the second toss, primarily because the Packers weren't given the opportunity to call heads or tails again before Blakeman flipped the coin a second time.

"[Blakeman] picked the coin up and flipped it to tails and then he flipped it without giving me a chance to make a re-call there," Rodgers said. "It was confusing."

The NFL confirmed that, per the rulebook, the coin does not actually have to flip during a coin toss.

This wasn't Blakeman's first overtime coin flip controversy this season. In the New England Patriots' Week 16 road loss to the Jets, the coin flip itself wasn't the issue, but rather Blakeman's incomplete understanding of what the Patriots intended to do if they won the toss.

Patriots special teamer Matthew Slater told Blakeman that the Patriots would like to kick in a specific direction. Teams can either choose whether they'd like to kick or receive, or they can choose the direction they'd like to take. They can't choose both. Because Slater led his request with the part about kicking, that's what Blakeman gave the Patriots. The most surprising part of this scenario was that the Patriots actually did intend to kick if they won the toss. The Jets scored on the opening possession of overtime, defeating the Patriots, 26-20.

To officiate in a Super Bowl, a referee must be ranked in the top tier, which is dependent upon performance and established by the NFL's vice president of officiating, Dean Blandino. Referees must have five years of experience as an official and at least three seasons of experience as a referee, and they must have refereed at least one playoff game.

Blakeman has eight seasons of NFL officiating experience, and six years of experience as a referee at this level. This will be Blakeman's first Super Bowl. He has worked three Wild Card games and two Divisional games, including last week's Packers loss to the Cardinals.

The rest of Blakeman's crew for the Super Bowl has worked four Super Bowls combined. Umpire Jeff Rice worked Super Bowls XXXVI and XXXVIII, field judge Boris Cheek worked Super Bowl XLII and back judge Keith Ferguson worked Super Bowl XLIII. They will be joined by head linesman Wayne Mackie, line judge Rusty Baynes and side judge Scott Edwards, who are all officiating their first Super Bowl. This crew had a combined total of 97 years of NFL officiating experience, per the NFL.