Cheers, had hoped for the Jags game so I could make use of the ticket but not complaining one iota! Have heard it's an awesome experience from some refs who've already done it.
Can say this now with absolute certainty. Amazing experience. Got to the ground approx. 2.30. NFL had given us caps and shirts to wear (and keep!) underneath the bibs. Went and walked on the hallowed Wembley turf (how many people can claim that?). Went back in approximately quarter past 3 just as the players came out for initial warmups.
Briefed by the HL (36) at approximately 5pm. I ended up on the alternate downbox, which was on the Vikings sideline during the 1st half. One thing people may not be aware is that the wing officials swap sidelines at halftime and run the other sideline during the 2nd half. So I was subsequently on the Steelers sideline for the 2nd half as I had to follow where the LJ went (107). There were at times I had to run onto the pitch during the game due to having to get past all the coaches on the sidelines and avoid tripping over their microphone cord.
The atmosphere was something special. Say what you want about Wembley fans but that was the most partisan crowd I've seen at the International Game. It was buzzing, particularly on that last drive. To be involved in such a close game with such a small margin of victory (6 yards) was truly special.
Got back in the changing rooms to then be greeted approximately 10 minutes later by a Vikings staff member who handed out a Vikings cap for all 8 members of the chain gang. Lovely touch, and admitting that the Norsemen are now my NFC team =)
Know some will be very green-eyed now. One minor note though: Mike Tomlin is a miserable so-and-so =D