Commissioner has authority to take action over Rams-Saints outcome, in theory

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So what can the NFL do about the outcome of the Rams-Saints game? Probably nothing. Bad calls happen. Sometimes, bad calls have bigger consequences than others.

Still, there’s language in the rulebook that could, in the right circumstances, allow the Commissioner to take extreme action in the face of a grossly unfair result.

Consider Rule 17, Section 2, Article 1: “The Commissioner has the sole authority to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective measures if any club action, non-participant interference, or calamity occurs in an NFL game which the Commissioner deems so extraordinarily unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of the game.”

Even though Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman admits that he opted to wipe out Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis because Robey-Coleman believed he’d been beaten for a touchdown, it’s hard to imagine this being the kind of “extraordinarily unfair” act that would have a major effect on the outcome of the game. Then again, the rule is there for a reason; if ever it would be invoked, wouldn’t now be the time to do it?

And here’s where it gets even juicier. Consider Rule 17, Section 2, Article 3: “The Commissioner’s powers under this Section 2 include . . . the reversal of a game’s result or the rescheduling of a game, either from the beginning or from the point at which the extraordinary act occurred.”

Basically, the Commissioner has the power to turn back time to the spot of the penalty that wasn’t called, put the teams back on the field from that point in the game, give the Saints first and goal at the spot of the foul, put 1:49 on the clock, and let the game proceed, tied at 20, with the Rams having one time out left.

It’s inconceivable that it would happen, but it’s sort of amazing that the rulebook even allows for this type of an approach.

And maybe that’s why the league is wrestling with the language of its expected statement acknowledging the error. Maybe the league realizes that, depending on the specific words chosen, the door to a Rule 17 proceeding could inadvertently be kicked open.

204 responses to “Commissioner has authority to take action over Rams-Saints outcome, in theory

  1. And Bud Selig could rule Derek Jeter’s home run as an out for interference (Jeffery Meyer) and award the series to the Baltimore Orioles…

  2. It’s great that Florio is hammering this bell, but if Goodell could assign champions by fiat, he’d have Los Angeles and New York or Boston in every Super Bowl until he retires.

  3. The saints and their fans have a legit beef. The chiefs/chiefs fans/patriots haters don’t. Shut up. Watching JC Jackson get hosed on phantom PI calls all night was ridiculous. The phantom roughing the passer on the chiefs was legit terrible, but that’s it. All night long it was all Chiefs by the officials.

  4. If it didn’t happen regarding the 2003 playoff game between the Giants and 49ers, where the Giants should’ve been awarded another play to win the game, its not happening here.

  5. Just like I said before, Goodell should put an asterisk next to the game that says the Rams benefitted from an obvious no call PI and if it was called the Saints would’ve won the game.

  6. That play didn’t end the game, the Saints just blew it afterwards. And the Sainta were on the other end of a call missed against the Vikings many years ago, It all works out in the end.

  7. Actually, George Brett’s pine-tar bat game was replayed from the home run ruled as an out and the Royals ended up losing.

  8. NFL will not do this but should. MLB did it with the tar pine incident but that was not a post season game with the World Series on the line. Everyone knows the Saints were robbed of going to the Superbowl. THAT’S A FACT!!!!!!!!!!

  9. What a DISASTER! Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder could have made that call which had two fouls at once! The Saints got robbed!!! This is the kind of stuff that makes people believe the games are rigged—like pro wrestling.

  10. Ridiculous. That rule is obviously intended for something like a fan running out and tackling a player running in for a winning TD or something completely crazy. Not a blown PI call in the 4th quarter of a game that was later tied and went to OT.
    It was a blown call, for sure. But the Rams were easily the better team for the final 3 quarters + OT. Saints had their chances to win outside of relying on an official’s flag to bail them out on a 3rd and long play.

  11. So does that mean they should turn the clock back on that terrible roughing the passer hit against Brady? The defender didn’t come close to hitting his head. My guess is that it would have been 3rd and 8 and Brady would have converted anyway, just because the Chiefs defense sucked that bad….

  12. How bout we blame the saints play calling on the drive? 1st down and they run a 3 sec incompletion to Thomas. A run right there forces the last TO.

  13. This is such a bad missed call that it really does look like a fix. There is no angle from any official where you could’ve missed this call. It’s not even sorta close. You throw in the helmet to helmet and it’s just unreal.

    I feel for Saints fans this is just about the worst missed call I’ve ever seen and it really is in a scenario where they would’ve been guaranteed to win. I feel a bad for LA. They didn’t blow the call but it was so bad that no matter what everyone knows they lost this game but a ref handed it to them on a silver platter.

  14. Not to mention all the force feeding T Hill the ball all game. Dree Brees is the QB, not some bum, why push all these terrible “trick” plays.

  15. Let’s get over it. Bad calls have defined games… even ended them on several occasions. Playoff games included. Just ask the lions if playoff officiating is fair?

    The officials missed a huge call. Sean Payton mis-managed the end of the game time wise. The saints D didn’t do their job. Any one of those three things could have ended the game.

    Also, What if Lewis dropped the pass? What if he was forced out before getting both feet down?

    Terrible call, crappy outcome for the saints, play better next time so it isn’t in the refs hands.

  16. Did the NFL officials stop the Saints from scoring three TD’s in the first quarter? Or let the Rams punter throw for a first down? Or help Legatron kick a 57 yard fg to win it?

  17. “League got what they wanted, the Boston and L.A. TV markets in the Super Bowl.”

    9 of the last 10 Super Bowls are in the top 10 most watched American television programs of all time, regardless of the teams playing. And most of the commercial ad time each year is sold before the season even starts, not in the 2 weeks between conference championship weekend and the Super Bowl. So please stop bringing up this myth about television markets driving some referee conspiracy for the freaking Super Bowl, which million of people who know nothing about football watch every year.

  18. Well if this is going to happen lets go back to 2001 and Brady’s incomplete pass call is upheld.

  19. No one knows what would have happened if they had thrown the flag for PI. Maybe the Saints run out the clock and kick the game winning FG. Or maybe they fumble. Or Brees throw a terrible INT like he did in OT. Or maybe they just miss the kick.

  20. The Saints had a chance to blow the Rams out in the 1st quarter and had to settle for FGs, just as the Eagles had a chance to beat the Saints last week with a 3 TD first quarter. I notice that Florio makes no mention of the facemask committed against Jared Goff that wasn’t called. Last week against the Eagles, the Saints corner ran right into Golden Tate before the ball arrived, yet there was no flag and no crying from Mr Florio. The Saints have benefitted from no flags against them. In fact, Payton should have been flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct as he continually berated the officials on the sideline.

    For me, it couldn’t have happened to a better bunch. They talk crap when they win, they have not one humble bone in their bodies. In fact, they called this year Payton’s “revenge tour” for getting suspended in 2012.

  21. Well, he didn’t take any action in that “Fail Mary” game in Seattle in 2012. If it was ever to happen, that was the instance. The league sat there and did nothing. Except cave to the on-strike officials the next day. That was when Goodell became a non-human being to me.

  22. I’d respect the NFL more if they did make the correct adjustment. Considering I have little respect for them now that would be a big change.

  23. It was a terrible no call. Welcome to life as a Pats fan with Gronk getting mugged and mauled on almost every play. There were plays in that game that were blatant illegal contact/holding/PI that the Chiefs got and the Pats did not. It was like Roger phoned a friend on the field to rig the game only to have Brady’s excellence foil him again.

    Sucks for the Saints, but the Pat’s have been there. Peyton Manning owes his first super bowl to a “faceguarding” PI that unfortunately doesn’t exist as an NFL rule. The NFL apologized for it, but the commish then didn’t award the Pats the SB berth over the Colts and they won’t reward Captain Bountygate either.

  24. They are not changing the outcome of the game over a non pass interference call. By the way, That helmet touch was minimal.

    Best regards,

    Those five justices that elected bush

  25. Because this happened to a favored team it calls for drastic action like changing the outcome of a game? Please. Teams get screwed by bad officiating every week. It’s unfortunate but part of the game when imperfect humans make subjective calls on bang bang plays.

  26. Yes, the refs missed the call but imo, the HEAVIER blame goes to Coach Payton. In his post game analysis, Shanon Sharp asked the SAME question I did about Payton’s clock management: With a little less than two minutes and in the red zone, why did the Saints throw the ball on first down? Even if the Saints had scored, you’re giving LA the ball back with about 1:50 on the clock and two timeouts. Why didn’t they run on the first two downs and force LA to burn their last two timeouts? They could’ve tried to punch it in on third down, after burning as much clock as possible. And if they didn’t score, kick the go ahead FG. They then give LA the ball with seconds left and ZERO timeouts. If Payton would’ve had managed the clock better, the non-call would NEVER have happened!

  27. The outcry over this call is wildly overblown, and the saints taking no responsibility for their play after it seems about right for them and Sean Payton.

    They let the rams march down and kick a FG in regulation after that blown call. Then they won the OT coin toss (see tom brady) and threw an INT on their opening drive. Then let the rams get into FG range again to lose.

    That missed PI call didn’t decide the game, it prolonged it. Gotta be mentally tough if you want to win the big one.

  28. If the Saints didn’t like the obvious no-call, they still had many opportunities to win the game and make it a moot point. Where was the Saints defense with 90 seconds remaining in regulation? They let the Rams march down the field 45 yards and tie it up with a FG. Then in overtime, New Orleans won the toss but then their offense got sloppy and turned the ball over. Sure, it’s normal to be upset with the lousy officiating, but when it came to crunch time, New Orleans didn’t step up when they had opportunities to do so.

  29. This crew needs to go for good. Never confident in a legit outcome out of Vinivich. Did anyone see the Super Bowl he officiated with receivers getting tackled downfield all game, while the ball was in flight? nothing surprises me here. this is the most definite super bowl deciding call since the refs blew down bradshaw after he had fumbled at his own 20 with a minute let in the 2011 NFC championship.

  30. That wasn’t the even last play of the game, nor did it result in any points being scored. Sheesh. There have been plenty of worse calls to actually end games in the past.

  31. This is just another example of how absolutely terrible the officiating is and has been this entire season. Take a look at the AFC Championship game, and that completely farce ‘roughing the passer’ call late in that game that went against the Chiefs, and it becomes even more clear that NFL officiating needs to be completely overhauled. It should probably start with Al Riveron and a ‘leave no prisoners’ approach after that. Seriously, head coaches get fired because someone has to be ‘held accountable’ when teams lose. Why does Riveron keep getting a pass? Why do the same refs keep working games when they’re doing a terrbile job? Where’s the accountablility there?

  32. Intellectually insulting as always. Terrible non call, but not unlike the MANY non calls on the Saints throughout the game. Also, how do you explain the following:

    The Saints are a SB champion with this HC and QB; all the experience
    This game was played in their Superdome
    Payton lost his mind and arrogantly tried to throw the ball, when all he had to do was run the ball, kick the FG and leave the Ram’s around 40 seconds.
    Drew Brees is the all time passing leader and had TWO more possessions following that call…..and had the LEAD!
    The Saints won the coin toss in OT

    The Saints lost this game to a better team. The Saints lost this game to a better coach who doesn’t allow his ego/emotions do the play calling.

  33. I’m a Saints fan and I look at it 3 ways-

    1- Quit whining, it’s our fault the game was that close

    2- Belichick is right- all plays should be reviewable

    3- So we could replay the last few minutes tomorrow night and provide a mammoth ratings hit? Let’s deaux it!

  34. Rule 17, Section 2 was not enacted, and has never been interpreted, to comprehend incorrect calls by game officials.

    Rule 17, Section2, Article 2 states: “The Commissioner will not apply authority in cases of complaints by clubs concerning judgmental errors or routine errors of omission by game officials. Games involving such complaints will continue to stand as completed.”

    There will be no investigation. The game is over. The result stands.

  35. The saints were blatantly screwed for everyone to see. The defensive back intentionally opted for a flag rather than get beat for a td….he admits it. Then its helmet to helmet also but still no call. Just to be honest im a philly fan with no dog in this fight but saints were screwed.

  36. mykpfsu says:
    January 20, 2019 at 11:57 pm
    If it didn’t happen regarding the 2003 playoff game between the Giants and 49ers, where the Giants should’ve been awarded another play to win the game, its not happening here.

    The 49ers went to the divisional round on a bad call in 2003, the Giants went to the Super Bowl and won it on the A. Bradshaw no fumble call. not quite even steven.

  37. So done with this WWE league. If it was a close call it’s one thing but the guy didn’t play the ball. He took out the WR. If this was college he would’ve been penalized and disqualified for targeting. The league took a huge hit in the integrity of officials and the lack of replay use outside of turnovers scores and catches. This is the most absurd play to ever affect a championship game EVER.

  38. This analysis is actually quite interesting, but unfortunately assumes Goodell has a spine made of something other than wet cardboard.

  39. I guess we should just forget the two obvious face mask penalties against the saints that obviously would have changed the game, or the obvious first down the rams punter made in their week 9 game, that changed the whole game as it gave the saints the ball at rams 35 in a tie game, reds missed it and rams would have been too seed and this game would have been in la

  40. The commissioner rule is probably there in case it ever came out that a ref or official purposely impacted a game because he took a bribe, was threatened, or something to that effect. Maybe if the ref were to come out and say he purposely didn’t call PI because he wanted the Rams to go to the Super Bowl for whatever reason. That’s probably the only way this rule could be invoked.

  41. Does that mean they go back to the face mask on Goff that wasnt called the drive before and the Rams get 1st and goal with a chance to go up 24-20?

  42. I’m going to go ahead and pass on watching the superbowl this year. Nothing like investing 3 hours of your time to watch a game only to have the refs decide the outcome. I’m not even a saints fan.

  43. All the Saint fans crying foul and refs cost them the game..sorry, not true. You can’t predict the outcome with time on the clock. Like last year’s Vikings game. ONE play could win a game. What’s to say the foul was called. Saints ball inside the 5 yard line. Maybe Brees throws an Int the next play, or Kamara fumbles. We’ll never know. Tough loss New Orleans like Alshon Jeffrey’s tip ball the week before. He catches it. Game over. A couple penalties against the Saints weren’t called and it killed the Eagles if they were called and should’ve been..game over. The Refs missed the call. If the Saints played better it wouldn’t have come down to one play..All that trash talk vs the Eagles last year and this
    last week ..Karma sucks doesn’t it?

  44. As a Saints fan, a very salty at present Saints fan, there is NO way anything should be done about the result. Refs were atrocious and they missed a lot of game changing penalties, but it’s over and Rams are in the SB.. to change that would be the stupidest thing Roger would ever do and that’s saying a lot!

  45. I would love to see him put them back on the field and give the saints the penalty yardage. It is only fair considering that atrocious no call and if it is a rule, enforce it. Then maybe the refs will start calling penalties correctly. Hooefully the refs are fired!

  46. No offense, but social media is turning us into a nation of cry-babies. If Brees had been more accurate in the 4th quarter we wouldn’t be having this discussion. Hats off to the Rams.

  47. I’m not watching superbowl. Same team always in it every year. We all know Patriots are going to win. The nfl team is Patriots. Its past nauseating..

  48. This game is in the rearview, however Goodell could move to address the egregious officiating problems that have plagued the league for years and prevent this happening again. But I won’t hold my breath.

  49. Hey remember the NFC final Saints vs Vikings 10 years … the refs gifted that victory to the Saints.
    Always remember what goes around … comes around.

  50. There is something wrong here. I always defend the game officials, but this one baffles me, it was so obvious. This whole “L A” presence and spotlight thing, the East Coast, West Coast Super Bowl makes me question the integrity of the league and I have never felt that way before. Begins to feel like the NBA.

  51. Bruce Payne says:
    January 20, 2019 at 11:53 pm
    League got what they wanted, the Boston and L.A. TV markets in the Super Bowl.

    __________________________________

    LA market? they can’t even fill their own stadium and Rams games are barely watched…

  52. This is interesting, and I honestly think he should do it. Order the Rams to fly back and have this 1:29 or whatever on Tuesday night. It would probably erase most of the ill-will Saints fans have towards him too.

  53. NFL is rigged. Plain and simple. The team with the bigger story that sells more will advance. NFL has been trying very hard to be successful in Los Angeles. Why not hand them a superbowl right? They even set up the Pats to play the Rams to make the Cinderella story complete. The Superbowl has been scripted already. Now L.A fans get a superbowl they dont deserve. All the sudden everyone is Rams fans lol!

  54. It was a horrible “No Call” but no worse then many that have occurred of recent. The PI call against Dallas in the Lions playoff loss was worse then this no call . This today was a no call. The Lions Dallas call they got right, made the call, marked off the penalty, spotted the ball, made the announcement to the crowd of a PI call, then change there minds after the head ref covers his right ear to hear someone talking in an ear piece in his lefty ear and the NFL gets the Ice Bowl 2 in GB the next week

  55. The only thing that bothers me is that the Saints were able to keep that Superbowl trophy from 09 after that joke of an NFCC game.

  56. You would have to think that such circumstances to invoke that would be severe…. would be if a player was shot by someone on the sidelines as he’s about to carry the ball into the endzone to win or tie a game and fumbles. Refs can’t really do anything in that situation but commissioner could. Given that there would be panic and bedlam in the stadium, game would have to be reset and played later. Grim, but point is a blown referee call wouldn’t reverse things.

    Seattle could claim Superbowl XLif that’s all it takes, as the ref admitted to the multiple blown calls which handed the Steelers that one.

  57. This obscure rule is obviously in place for something like a referee deliberately changing an outcome, e.g., for gambling interests. It has nothing to do with a simple bad call, which is something that happens all the time, and is part of the game. To evoke this rule as being appropriate to apply here is completely false, and a case of poor judgment. But maybe it suits your purposes to stir the pot?

  58. Yeah right it’s “rigged”.
    Dozens of people gather in a room and decide which team/city they favor over another.
    And then tell the officials what to call.
    Uh huh.

  59. I’m an Eagles fan with no rooting interest among the “Final Four” teams. I didn’t watch the conference championship games, but I can tell you that the refereeing in the NFL is biased and preferential. Case in point: The Philadelphia-Dallas game in which multiple Eagles players jumped on a Cowboys fumble and the officials declared that there was “no clear recovery” of the ball. Suuuuuure. Refs should’ve just announced, “Most popular team with highest TV ratings fumbled the ball, but that is disallowed.” Would’ve at least been an honest ruling.
    One more thing – the Patriots are gonna beat the Rams like a red-headed stepchild. A mentally tough, Belichick-coached team versus a bunch of L.A. poseurs and showboaters? Get ready for a victory parade, Boston.

  60. Reversing an on field judgement call after the game is over is a Pandora’s box no commissioner would open. The fallout would be hard to imagine. They probably just should make a clearly blown penalty challenge worthy.

  61. I think that the replay officials should have the right to call fouls that are missed by the referees on the Field. Because the Replay officials can see in real time and by slow motion plays and the Timing of hits that are before or after a catch or before the Catch.

    In the last San Francisco 49ers last Super Bowl Appearance, the Referees allowed the Ravens to do whatever they wanted to do without getting a penalty. The 49ers lost the Superbowl because the referees called the Game for the Ravens. This Game was just as bad in that an important no calls cost a team a trip to the Super Bowl.

    The replay officials should be able to call Penalties on any play, even if there are no calls on the Field.

    Referees are human and miss calls, but the Camera sees everything.

  62. Belichick long ago said that ALL calls should be subject to replay. His foresight is now painfully obvious for the public – particularly if the Patriots smoke the Rams. The obvious non-call likely wiped out the chance for the Saints to go to the Super Bowl. The NFL can restore the integrity of the game by restarting the game at that point or face an off season of derision. The bettors who lost millions, the public and legislators will be watching.

  63. Worst non call in league history. The Lambs should of lost that game, if that call is made it’s the Saints versus the Patriots in the Super Bowl. It’s amazing so many Rams fans are just fine w/ a win gifted to them by the league. The Rams didnt beat the Saints, the NFL officials beat the Saints.

  64. This is what the NFL wanted to happen, so forget it Saint’s and Chief’s fans you got screwed. Isn’t convenient to have had both championship games go in to overtime which has never happened…ever. You either had phantom calls on things that never happened or you get right in front of everyone’s eyes penalties that were never called. The refs could just look up at that jumbo tron and seen what they missed over and over in hd, but no. Nobody in New York stepped in to make things right, which they could have done.
    When it comes down to it a Chiefs vs. Saints Superbowl isn’t sexy, good tv, or a money maker, but a new Los Angeles team vs. that bad/evil combo of Brady and Belichick is. This is sports entertainment not NFL football that we fans enjoy and the bad thing is that the NFL is trying to pull some WWE crap and think that us football fans are a bunch of morons who will buy it.
    If you’re a fan of the Rams or Pats, which one of your fans are going to be crying next? Will the NFL change course because their predetermined story line was awful and hokey letting the Pat’s win the superbowl or will the NFL say nothing and continue down the path of letting the Rams win the superbowl because they’re trying to drum up business in that coveted LA market no matter if it means ruining the integrity of the game? Who knows, but we’ll see in the next episode of the National Football Entertainment League. Get ready to cry Pat’s fans because you’re about to be the sacrificial lamb to the NFL and it’s greed.

  65. Better do it for the Chiefs as well, the nfl admitted 34 missed calls or bad calls, 5 missed in pats favor and 22 in Chiefs favor, 2 bad againts pats and 5 bad against chiefs

  66. This is what happens when a sore loser tempts karma and fate. Alvin Kamara disrespects the Philadelphia Eagles by saying their Championship was “fraudulent ‘ because they beat Minnesota and not New Orleans in last years NFCCG even though the Saintss lost to Minnesota 7 days earlier. So, here Alvin, let me show you what “fraudulent” really means so you will not run your mouth next time and perhaps learn a little decency. This same kind of tempting fate is why Colin will suffer a serious injury on a crappy field next year when he plays- and we will find out that the crew responsible for such crappy field collided to not fix it correctly- then he will
    Understand collusion a little better.

  67. Last year they made the bad “Myles Jack wasn’t down” call in the Jags vs. Patriots. Small market team vs. established Patriots. Now, let’s see a team newly relocated to LA, with nearly $5B being spent on a new stadium? Odd how their decisions follow the money. Oh, and why can’t the challenge flag be used for egregious non-calls like this one? The Saints aren’t even my team, but I’m so disgusted I’m thinking of canceling my season tickets and throwing it in before it’s as bad as wrestling.

  68. I’m thinking the Steeler fans can empathize with the Saints fans. The Steelers played a game near the end of the year where a phantom PI was called on CB Haden. The call led to a touchdown. Later in that game, the Steelers stopped the other team on 4th down and cemented a W, but another PI was called that was somewhat iffy. That call led to a TD as well, and a L for the Steelers. That loss was a big factor to the Steelers missing the playoffs and the other team earning top seed in the NFC. Of course, after that game there were lots of fans of the other team on here telling Steelers fans to “get over it,” and pulling out the “you can’t blame a loss on one bad call” card.

    Yep, Steelers fans are there with you. It’s a bummer that one bad call (or non call) ruined your season. You’ll get over it. Perhaps the Saints shouldn’t let one bad call lead to a loss.

  69. John Henry’s Hammer says:
    January 20, 2019 at 11:56 pm
    There is nobody that will convince me that game was not rigged……
    ============================

    Then I guess Drew Brees was paid to take the fall considering he threw the pick in OT.

    Any thoughts there?

  70. Right! There’s only one team goodell wanted to eliminate more than the saints and his absolute nightmare that should have come true was Saints vs Pats. Fix was in against Saints.

  71. Still dont understand why this ia being discussed now but wasn’t in 2009 when the Vikings were denied an automatic first down when Favre was roughed and threw an INT.
    That was even more obvious AND the intent to injure WAS intentional AND was admitted AND the coach banned for a year.
    If the league didn’t act THEN it certainly isn’t justified in this Case.

  72. LA and Boston? The Pats are called New England NOT Boston and 75% of their fan base comes NE’s other 4 States. Lastly they are 25 miles OUTSIDE of Boston in Foxboro closer to Rhode Island. Quick calling them BOSTON!!

  73. Can we at least admit that the Saints didn’t really deserve the first down anyways. If Robey had better awareness that it was a bad throw, he could have actually intercepted the ball and the Saints wouldn’t have even got the field goal. It definitely should have been a penalty but I really didn’t want a flag thrown at that point because it felt a little cheap to give the game away on a throw that didn’t deserve it.

  74. It’s one missed call. Sure based on when it happens it looks way worse, but to do anything about this one means you should go back and correct every holding/etc. for the entire game. Who knows what would change if they got ALL the calls right?

  75. Minnesota complainers need to revisit history. PI call in that game was correct, NFL reviewed it. Contract was before the cameras picked it up and defender never looked at the ball. Only bad call was high-low on Favre, admittedly and on a big play. But Brees got pile driven into the ground that wasn’t called along with other back and forth misses. You lost because of 5 turnovers, 12 men in the huddle and Favre being Favre.

  76. The NFL knew the Rams would tie the game and the Saints would lose in OT so they wanted to make sure that call was not made in regulation. Conspiracy theories abound. If the refs wanteds the Rams to win how did they miss the face mask on Goff

  77. You expect the guy who manufactured false PSI evidence against the Pats, and ignores HGH evidence against Manning (& ignores NFL memorabilia fraud by Eli) could correct a wrong?

  78. Gergie says:
    January 20, 2019 at 11:59 pm
    That play didn’t end the game, the Saints just blew it afterwards. And the Sainta were on the other end of a call missed against the Vikings many years ago, It all works out in the end.
    ——————————-
    First and goal with 1:49 allows the Saints a better chance at a touchdown or better yet, to run down the clock.

  79. Not one peep from you guys about the non-call of the blatant facemask against Jared Goff during his scramble for the end zone. Rams had to settle for a FG two plays later. A huge non-call that took 4 crucial points off the board for the Rams during the game’s closing minutes.

    Not even one little peep.

  80. Given the NFL has not yet issued a statement, you have to wonder if their legal team is looking carefully at how such is worded to avoid some elected official or otherwise taking the NFL to court to force Godell to order the game be replayed from the point of the blown call.

  81. Either start the game at point of the penalty non call. Or start the game over. This is ridiculous how the referee missed this call or why another did not throw a late flag. Or the eye in the sky. This game came down to a call I believe to intentionally change the course of the gain. Rams know that no one believes their victory was won. How does that feel for the rest of time, Rams???

  82. Sheep need to wake up. Pro sports games are no longer legit. Games being manipulated and fixed. Too much money involved in pro sports–billion dollar industry. Scripted out league champions every season.

  83. I am beginning to think the NFL, is indeed, rigged. There was way too many screw-up calls that determined the outcomes of too many games this season……Sad

  84. If anything, the Saints were lucky there was a pass interference. Had Coleman just turned around, he had an easy pick on a poorly thrown ball! Tony Romo actually called it perfectly.

  85. The football powers that be wanted a super bowl between to aging quarterbacks however the zebras had other ideas in NO . If refs had not called off side against the Chiefs after the interception (yes the flag was dropped after the interception) the Chiefs would be in the SB

  86. As with any NFL game, there are moments throughout the game that could’ve made a difference on both sides of the ball. Sadly, its the calls from the officials that cannot be helped in most cases. When teams depend on the refs to get the calls right or make the calls when they count the most, it’s a sad situation when the officials don’t get it right with all the controls in place to make sure they do. It happens more times than not to a good majority of the teams in the NFL. What I find interesting and it’s constantly overlooked…when it’s crunch time, the teams with the higher fan markets always tend to get the calls their way in the crucial games. It’s true whether Rams fans want to hear it or not, the NFL wanted the LA market to catch on badly and they got what they wanted. There is nothing new about the Patriots and the Boston market. Sadly…yet again, we’re going to have another Patriots Super Bowl win. But hey, if the NFL wants it to happen, it will happen one way or another. All it takes is a call that doesn’t happen or one that can’t be challenged. It happens every season, certain teams always seem to go to the Bowl and certain teams can spend 50 years not going.

  87. Isn’t this exactly the type of play that instant review was designed for? That play could have and should have been corrected in 15 seconds by the league office. Anyone watching on TV could see it was a penalty the instant it happened. It’s a disgrace that it wasn’t corrected. A Brees-Brady Super Bowl would have been much more entertaining. I doubt Goff can keep up with Brady. The league just handed Brady another Super Bowl Trophy. My interest in that game just depreciated by about 50%.

  88. Despite being a Patriots fans, I have to disagree with some components of your statement. Had the referees been “all for the Chiefs”, they easily could have handed Kansas City the win by letting Dee Ford off easy for the offsides call, and rule the Tom Brady interception fair. They also could have ruled that Julian Edelman HAD touched the ball during that big punt return.
    This being said, I do agree that JC Jackson was getting some slightly unfair calls.

  89. Take action? It’s exactly what the NFL wanted! The Boston market and the LA market in the Super Bowl with yet another Patriots SB win. If Roger wanted to take action about the making the league more fair, why wouldn’t he shake up the divisions and give the Patriots a little competition in their division for once? The NFL is company…a business…and they use no calls and calls that cannot be challenged to get their way. It’s been this way forever, only with all the new technology and controls in place now…it’s becoming increasingly difficult to sway the games. No one likes to hear it, but it’s more true than some fans are willing to believe, especially if their team benefits more often than not. Larger market teams make it to the big show, look at the numbers. Some teams go 50 years and never make it…come close a few times, but never make it….with the draft set up the way it is…with free agency set up the way it is…with the cap set up the way it is…makes one wonder how that is even possible. Hell, most of the fans at the SB got their tickets from companies. The average Joe can barely afford one ticket.

  90. Gergie says:
    January 20, 2019 at 11:59 pm
    That play didn’t end the game, the Saints just blew it afterwards. And the Sainta were on the other end of a call missed against the Vikings many years ago, It all works out in the end
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    Correct that play didnt end the game….but it should have.

  91. Really bad miss. But I would imagine when the league goes through the entire game they will see that the official just let the players play, but to a fault. It’s what we fans have been crying for anyway. Minus that no-call this is a non topic. Yes I understand & believe the Saints win….easy…. with the penalty. Heads are gonna roll.

  92. Let’s all admit and state for the record it was pass interference. Fine. With that said:

    1. Saints could have and should have been up 21-0 in the first quarter. Instead they squandered their first two red zone trips.

    2. Even so, they were up 13-0 after the first quarter. Rams outscored them 26-10 since.

    3. On the crucial drive where the Rams should have gone for it on fourth down, there was an uncalled facemask penalty on the Saints when Jared Goff was tackled. If that call is made, Rams have the ball first and goal at the 1. Odds are they score there and the PI play never happens.

    4. Saints had the opportunity to stop Rams from tying the game, they didn’t.

    5. Saints won the coin toss in OT and just needed to score a TD to win the game and not give the Rams an opportunity to possess the ball. They didn’t.

    I understand that if you look at the game in that one play then yes, Saints got screwed. But the bottom line is that no team should ever put themselves in a position to allow one bad call to affect the outcome of the game. The Saints never should have been in that position.

  93. Maybe Payton and the Saints should review the tape from the 2009 Championship game? Putting their bounty behavior aside there was a sequence of ref calls that make yesterday’s look like nothing. The non calls hits on Favre (especially laughable in the face of the roughing call Brady drew yesterday), multiple dubious 4th down spots and non-calls and the worst PI call of all time on Ben Leber (ball 10 yards OOB, 20 feet in the air, no contact) that put the Saints in position to kick and win).

    The way that game ended changed the league’s OT rules. No one likes a bad call but the Saints wouldn’t even have their title if not for an avalanche of them in their previous title game. From where I sit Payton and Saints fans are getting some overdue karma/voodoo.

  94. Maybe they could go back to where Goff got facemasked as he was running towards to end zone and it wasn’t called. That would have given them first and goal at the 2.

  95. I would think it would apply to something like a player from a team running into the huddle of another team and breaking the QB’s legs during a time out, not this.

  96. Yea REF BALL.

    Can’t wait for the REF BOWL I. Who will show up on the big stage, the Sideline Judge or the Head Official? The anticipation is killing me.

    You can do it big guy, call that penalty, throw that flag. Everyone is counting on you guys. We’re all waiting to see you, the Ref, take the game into your own hands.

    Why watch Players decide games when we can have guys who appear to have never played a snap of football determine football games. Good times!

  97. Those of you that say that play wouldn’t of changed the outcome of the game, you are dead wrong. The Saints would of run the clock to no time and kicked the game winning FG with 3 seconds left.
    Game over. Bottom line is the Saints got hosed big time.
    The KC Chiefs also got hosed on that phantom roughing call. That would of changed the outcome. HOWEVER, Andy Reid is to blame on this one. Why did he not let the clock go to 2 min warning on 1st and goal. If he does that and then takes a knee on 1st and second down causing the Pats to burn the TO he could of then went for go ahead TD on 3rd down. Would of only been about 30 seconds left. If they didnt make that then kick the game tying FG. If they do make the TD there would of been like 15 seconds left and Patriots would of needed to go the entire field with zero time outs and 15 to 25 seconds to win. Bad clock management by Andy AGAIN.

  98. MLB has a similar rule, where teams can “play under protest”. The league can potentially order the game replayed if the protesting team’s chances of winning the game were adversely affected.

  99. If he wouldn’t do a thing for the rent-a-ref scandal that cost the Packers home-field advantage in the playoffs, what makes anyone think he’s going to stick his nose into this mess?

  100. Here’s the problem with letting coaches challenge DPI calls. It is normally a subjective call that if it was called every time it takes place it would be called ten times a game if not more.

    What you want is consistency, like balls and strikes in baseball. Alas, consistency was missing last night and the blown call in the Saints-Rams game was a literal game-changer.

    If you watched the Patriots v Chiefs the PI was very inconsistent. In the 4th quarter, the Chiefs were holding the Patriots receivers on every play with no call while calling PI, even OPI, on the Patriots. Not complaining because the Pats got a call or two that they shouldn’t have help them as well but you would have to be blind not to have seen the inconsistency.

    How does NY react to a DPI challenge, by the book or by the way the game was being called? I think we have to live with certain bad calls because otherwise you would be letting NFL NY pick a winner.

  101. Once again the Patriots are handed a championship game on a silver platter. Always among the easiest schedule in the league. Pete Carrol giftwraps a Superbowl for them. Now the officials decide a game based on a Chief’s hand being 6 inches in the mythical neutral zone. Hard to watch them celebrate a game they clearly lost.

  102. Everybody wants a do-over nowadays. You’ll notice whenever a receiver doesn’t catch a pass, the first thing he does is get up and look around for a flag to be thrown. Every time. The NFL is ridiculous.

  103. The only way NFL overturns this is somehow they prove the ref was bought or betting against NO so he purposely ignored the flag AND this information is leaked out to the public. Because if this was the case and Goodell had this information on his desk, he would destroy and pay everyone with knowledge to keep quiet. It would be one of the biggest scandals in the history of the NFL if a ref was swayed to change the outcome of a conference championship game.

  104. It was a bad throw by Brees. If it was more toward the sideline, or if it was up higher like a back shoulder fade, I think it draws the penalty.

    Instead it was behind the receiver and I think it could be argued or guessed at the moment that the defender was playing the ball and was going through the offensive player to get it.

    Flame away, but that was a terrible throw

  105. Yes the ref missed the most obvious PI call of all time, but the game went into OT and the saints blew it.

  106. I’m a life long Saints fan and I would never accept this. This would be an attempt at making a right out of two wrongs. I have no beef with the Rams and no desire to screw them over. Instead I want the refs and the head of officiating fired. There should be severe consequences for this horse crap.

    Goodell should be canned as well but there’s no way the NFL will do that.

  107. The NFL is rigged…but they have to do something if they don’t want to loose more credibility (like changing the fact that they can’t review or challenge the play).

    We all know there were a lot of missed opportunities for the Saints during the game and OT but not calling PI? Come on man!!!

  108. The Saints did miss some opportunities in the game and in OT, but the game should NEVER had gone into OT “IF” the game officials had done this properly.

    BTW, didn’t Ed Hochuli call a penalty on the Patriots a few years ago at Gillette Stadium a few years ago during a timeout/commercial break?

    Why couldn’t the league buzz the Referee and let him know?

  109. I love how all the Saints fans are complaining about the no call PI. What about the two Delay of game calls they should have had against them? What about the face-mask on the Rams QB? Or when the Rams QB got sacked and stepped on. There were a lot of No calls that benefited them.

    Also what about that game in 09 where there were no calls pretty much the entire game? It’s really hard to feel sorry for the Saints fan. The only person I feel a little sorry for is Drew Brees.

  110. So how about we just have no replay and accept we get bad calls it should balance out.

    Roughing the passer needs to go that has ruined many games this year otherwise just call it flag

  111. We are living in a millennial world, and you’re all millennial girls.

    Saints had the lead after the missed call. Could have made one more stop to win the game. Got the ball first in OT, could have scored instead of puke it up at mid-field. Could have stopped the Rams from advancing into Field Goal range.

    But no, lets play the millennial “nobody is at fault for their own failure” card, and blame a 70 year old ref. Sean Payton is the leader of the losers. Instead of being a calming influence, he stomped, pouted, and whined on the sideline the remainder of the game. Way to set the tone for victory coach!!

  112. Love the knuckleheads that said this was “Fixed” because the NFL wanted the LA TV market in the big game. Go do a google search on NFL TV Ratings LA and see what comes back. The LA market lags far behind the rest of the league in TV ratings. Trust me, A Brees/Brady Super Bowl would be a hell of a lot more appetizing to the casual viewer.

    This was simply a horrendous call, And the ref involved should be discipline. However, there was no conspiracy or underlying agenda here.

  113. There’s a difference between ticky-tacky and flat out egregious.

    – The Non-PI call was egregious and the Saints were poised to run the clock down, put up some points and possibly seal the victory. The league should have stepped right in and made sure the penalty was called. The entire world saw it for crying out loud.

    – The roughing the passer call was ticky-tacky. Brady’s facemask was brushed and his helmet wobbled. Although I believe the official didn’t see the contact and shouldn’t have thrown the flag because of that, I get it.

  114. doctorpancake says:
    January 21, 2019 at 12:22 am

    “League got what they wanted, the Boston and L.A. TV markets in the Super Bowl.”

    9 of the last 10 Super Bowls are in the top 10 most watched American television programs of all time, regardless of the teams playing. And most of the commercial ad time each year is sold before the season even starts, not in the 2 weeks between conference championship weekend and the Super Bowl. So please stop bringing up this myth about television markets driving some referee conspiracy for the freaking Super Bowl, which million of people who know nothing about football watch every year.

    This. I’ve been watching football for 40 of my 47 years on this planet and it was a really bad call. The game ratings would actually be arguably larger with the pitting of the two 40 something HOF QB’s playing against each other. Can you imagine the hype leading up to the game? There was no conspiracy. Just a horribly missed non call that unfortunately screwed the Saints. There will no replaying the game, even partially. That would be ridiculous short of what someone else commented on like fan interference. What needs to be done is the replay system needs to be tweaked so that all plays in the last two minutes and all of overtime in a game are reviewable. And add on to that that both teams get a chance to score in OT even if the first team marches down the field to score a TD.

  115. great games, great players, great coaches, great outcomes, great excitement, can’t wait for next year !!!!! go browns

  116. Oh give it up, already. The Saints are not the first team that’s gotten ripped off in the post-season, and they won’t be the last.

    Some pretty significant championships have been tainted by bad calls and non-calls over the years, from Don Chandler’s FG attempt against the Colts in 1965 that was actually no good, but the refs ruled it good, Pittsburgh TE Larry Brown’s fumble in SB IX that the refs missed, Benny Barnes being called for PI because Lynn Swann tripped over himself in SB XIII, and in the last 20 years, you’ve had the idiotic tuck rule in 2001 that robbed the Raiders of a playoff win they deserved, the non-PI call against the Cardinals in the 2008 NFC championship game (that ended the game) that was almost as bad as the one yesterday, the missed roughing the passer penalty against Favre on a play where he was picked off in 2009 NFC championship game, and so on.

    Anyone who brought up any of these plays as justification for why their team lost would be labeled a whiner, and the same will hold true for those who keep going back to yesterday’s blown call. The Saints had multiple chances to win that game, and they couldn’t get it done. Bad call? Absolutely, but this is not the first time and in won’t be the last.

  117. Bad no call, that’s obvious…However, if the same thing had happened in the 1st quarter, nobody’d be talking about it. If it happens in week 2 of the regular season, nobody would even remember it. The fact is, the Saints had 6 or 7 possessions in which they failed to advance the ball or score any points. It’s never the case that one play or one botched call decides a game. They had chances before that play, and they had chances after that play to win the game. Horrible job officiating? yes. Was it the reason the Saints lost? No

  118. The Super Bowl is now illegitimate. The NFL has bastardized the game….the league and this NFL season. The next two weeks will be and should be A LIVING HELL for Roger Goodell and the NFL!

  119. That rule sounds to be about someone throwing a game, as an Official making consistently errant calls throughout the game. As in one being paid off to produce the desired outcome. (Just a guess on my part)

  120. AND despite the non-call, the Saints couldn’t have botched the clock management in that situation any worse. The awful decision to pass on 1st down, not force the Rams to use their last two timeouts and THEN the way they played the OT… you can’t just hang it all on that call, the Saints mismanaged the game at several junctures both before and afterward.

  121. it was an awful no-call. I still don’t understand why none of the dozen other refs didn’t throw a flag or confer with each other as they often do when one of the refs fails to see a foul.

    On the other hand, for those who think the game was ‘fixed’ you forget that Saints won the coin to take the ball in the OT and Brees proceeded to throw an interception. Had he scored (even a field goal), Saints could have had a chance to win.

  122. autumnwind999 says:
    January 21, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Ridiculous. That rule is obviously intended for something like a fan running out and tackling a player running in for a winning TD or something completely crazy. Not a blown PI call in the 4th quarter of a game that was later tied and went to OT.
    It was a blown call, for sure. But the Rams were easily the better team for the final 3 quarters + OT. Saints had their chances to win outside of relying on an official’s flag to bail them out on a 3rd and long play.

    ___________________________________________________________________

    It’s not a bail out when it’s this blatant of a foul. A bail out is either incorrect or ticky-tack. This foul clearly prevented the completion for a first down and maybe even a touchdown. This foul, an illegal act, denied the Saints the win, and you can’t call the flag that should have been thrown a bail out. Don’t be ridiculous.

  123. tigerlilac says:
    January 21, 2019 at 9:24 am

    Here’s the problem with letting coaches challenge DPI calls. It is normally a subjective call that if it was called every time it takes place it would be called ten times a game if not more.

    What you want is consistency, like balls and strikes in baseball. Alas, consistency was missing last night and the blown call in the Saints-Rams game was a literal game-changer.

    If you watched the Patriots v Chiefs the PI was very inconsistent. In the 4th quarter, the Chiefs were holding the Patriots receivers on every play with no call while calling PI, even OPI, on the Patriots. Not complaining because the Pats got a call or two that they shouldn’t have help them as well but you would have to be blind not to have seen the inconsistency.

    How does NY react to a DPI challenge, by the book or by the way the game was being called? I think we have to live with certain bad calls because otherwise you would be letting NFL NY pick a winner.

    _________________________________________________________________________

    I think you have to force coaches to challenge a specific (non) call and involve the relevant officials in the review process. They, presumably, know what they saw to make a call or not. Have them check out the replays and confirm (or not) what they originally saw. That way you’re not substituting one officials’ judgement for another’s and you’re not discarding something the official saw that the camera didn’t catch.

    We also don’t need plays being scoured looking for any minor infraction that COULD be called. This would be the exception to “reviewing the whole play.” Otherwise teams would challenge any big gain looking for something, ANYTHING potentially illegal to be called via replay.

  124. If the result of the Saints-Rams game doesn’t show the owners that the commissioner can’t run a league anything will. The fish rots from the head down.

  125. The roughing the passer call in the Kc game was meaningless .It only helped the chiefs. If it was not called the pats would have punted putting the chiefs would be on their own side of the 50. A couple of plays later Brady throws a pick and the chiefs get the ball around the pats 30 and then score a touchdown. Now Chiefs fans exactly how did the roughing call hurt the chiefs.

  126. It’s hilarious that people think the fix was in. Yes, Officials making $200k a year were waiting for just that one moment to ruin their career. Even more clever was how they penalized the Rams much more during the entire game, just to throw off the scent. But you guys are too smart to fall for that! Ha ha ha. And why was the fix in? Well, because L.A. is a larger market of course! Everybody knows if the Saints had won the entire state of California would not be watching football ever again!

  127. Saints haters just have to look at this simple fact. If that call would have been made…. the Saints more then likely would have won that game. We would have run down the clock, kicked a field goal that would have been automatic and left the rams 4 seconds to to comeback. Wouldn’t have happened. I don’t think you can give
    Is the game now. I dog this it should be replayed I just think that should be officially acknowledged by the commissioner and something g should be don’t to prevent this from happening again

  128. The saints made the field goal 20 yards back from where they would have kicked if the penalty had been enforced, and they would have had to kneel down the ball three times, so I don’t think it would be necessary to have the game resume for two minutes of football.

    It would be extremely controversial, and I don’t think Godell will do this, but the right thing to do is to change the outcome to a win for the Saints.

  129. The NFL is a billion dollar industry and Goodell has the authority and technology to review every play instantly. Flagrant officiating errors should be allowed to be challenged especially when they change the outcome of the game. Although it may never be perfect, the owners and commissioner have the ability to greatly improve the current format, but for some reason refuse to address the problem. As legalized gambling becomes more prevalent in this country, hopefully the NFL will come under more and more scrutiny to clean up its act

  130. fwippel says:
    January 21, 2019 at 10:41 am
    Oh give it up, already. The Saints are not the first team that’s gotten ripped off in the post-season, and they won’t be the last.

    you’ve had the idiotic tuck rule in 2001 that robbed the Raiders of a playoff win they deserved

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    So you are saying that the refs should not have enforced the rule as it exists in the rule book because somehow the Raiders “deserved” a playoff win?

  131. I find this entire thing comical. Constantly compiling about a bad call or missed call from the saints. Anyone remember 2009??? Seriously karma paid them back a small portion last year and it served up another dish last night. Saints get what they deserve.

  132. Michael Philliphs says:
    January 21, 2019 at 12:09 am

    You should be able to challenge EVERYTHING, including pass interference calls

    >>>>>>>WELCOME TO THE >6HR GAME, NO THANKS!!!<<<<<<<<<

  133. Was it a terrible no call? Yes but we also can’t ignore the no call on the facemask on the previous series that very well could have made the game 24-20. Also if we’re starting replaying bad calls or no calls then we have to start with the “Tuck Rule” then proceed to the 2009 NFC Championship game with the Saints. Lets also not forget the Saints shouldn’t have put their selves in that position blowing not 1 but 2 double digit leads, a 13 point then a 10 point.

  134. You should be able to use your remaining challenges to challenge anything including challenging a penalty that was called to overturn it as well as challenging that a penalty should have been called when one was not called

    It doesn’t add any additional time to the game as you have the same amount of challenges that you have now you are just being able to use them to challenge more things.

    I can’t imagine the majority of owners not finding value in expanding what challenges can be used for

  135. Ridiculous call and it will not ever be changed by this Commissioner. I propose that for the 2019 season ALL penalties over 5 yards be automatically reviewed as well as each coach has the ability to challenge all suspected calls. This would certainly clean up a lot of this garbage but then again, CLEAR VIDEO EVIDENCE has been ignored in the past by the Emperor and his cronies

  136. Frist let me say I agree with Saints fans that was an egregious non-call. However, this is just another fine example of irresponsible reporting. This was NOT any club action, non-participant interference, or calamity. A club action would be say the Saints listening into the other teams pre-snap headset broadcast between the coach and quarterback of the Rams. A non-participant action would be a band marching onto the field during the final scoring play of the game. A calamity would be the power going out in the Super Dome during a Super Bowl. This is why that wording is in the rule book. I quote these examples because they have happened or were rumored to have happened. A player making a tackle or a ref blowing a call (or non call in this case) is normal because these occur in every single game. C’MON MAN!

  137. Let’s just go back and change all the playoff games I remember. Oilers/Steelers, Renfro makes catch in corner of end zone and referees call him out. Replay proved otherwise. Raiders/Patriots, Brady fumbled the ball, period. Giants/49ers, botched punt and no pass Interference call, replay shows otherwise. Vikings/Saints, leber called for pass interference, replay shows otherwise. None of those games had the call overturned. Get over it Saints fans, your team was not an exception.. It happen many time before and it will happen again.. The Saints had terrible play calling at the end of the game. They had ample opportunities to put the game away and choked.

  138. Hey here’s a suggestion that might clear up all of this…… HAVE THE REFs WEAR HAT CAMS that show exactly where they were looking. Then the replay result can be determined by their game footage ONLY. This would eliminate arm chair reffing and also give the NFL insight into whether or not their ref is paying proper attention to what he is supposed to be paying attention to.

  139. It’s karma for the phantom PI call the Saints received in the Steelers/Saints game in which the Saints got a free TD and won…. Bad calls happen. Unfortunately it’s part of the game.

  140. Suspend Coleman from the Super Bowl and a huge fine. Take away Rams draft picks. And fire that officiating crew. Fix it Roger or resign as commissioner.

  141. Goodell is too greedy to keep things fair. He has his puppet refs doing his dirty work on the field in front of our faces. It’s not the first time we’ve seen this (although this one was pretty blatant) and it won’t be the last unless something is done. The has been corruption in the nfl before…..maybe a full on investigation is necessary so that future games aren’t like this. Seriously, no one can tell me this wasn’t shady!

  142. the Saints lost a hearbreaker last year to the Vikings, with no controversy, just horribly blown coverage…fast forward another year..they put themselves in position to win and they get robbed by the worst and most damaging non PI interference call in NFL history, which COST.THEM.THE.GAME.
    Not saying that the Vikings game played a role in the outcome, but were it not for two critical plays, the Saints could be looked at their Third Superbowl appearance and second in a row…which changes Drew Brees legacy forever.

  143. “Now L.A fans get a superbowl they dont deserve. All the sudden everyone is Rams fans lol!”

    Not everyone. St. Louis fans hate the Rams! Kroenke and Jerry Jones stole the team from them and should be hogged tied and whipped mercilessly!

  144. “HAVE THE REFs WEAR HAT CAMS that show exactly where they were looking.”

    This wouldn’t work. Just because the refs hat is pointing towards the play doesn’t mean the ref is looking in the same direction. He could have his eyes turned in a different direction. Maybe he’s sees a players about ready to whip him out so, he has to get out of the way.

  145. Skyledger Project says:
    January 22, 2019 at 12:57 am
    the Saints lost a hearbreaker last year to the Vikings, with no controversy, just horribly blown coverage…fast forward another year..they put themselves in position to win and they get robbed by the worst and most damaging non PI interference call in NFL history, which COST.THEM.THE.GAME.
    Not saying that the Vikings game played a role in the outcome, but were it not for two critical plays, the Saints could be looked at their Third Superbowl appearance and second in a row…which changes Drew Brees legacy forever.
    —————————————

    Brett Favre agrees with your legacy comment.

  146. OK, I am not a football fan like most, BUT when a team has to play an opposing team AND the ref’s. That is ridiculous! I did watch the 4th quarter of the Rams vs Saints game and the referee’s decided the game when the did not call a penalty when a saints player was obvious hit helmet to helmet, that in itself should have been a penalty. The ram player head butted the saint player AND the ref was standing right there. The possible injury to the saint player could have been awful. The ref’s as I see it, decide who wins the games. What? They get paid the highest and make sure the highest payer wins the game. COMMISSIONER, YOU NEED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS. Why was this play NOT reviewed? I do not blame the Saints for their outrage! The saints should have won the game if it wasn’t for the officials on the field. I AM GLAD I AM NOT AN AVID FOOTBALL FAN. I would have a stroke.
    LouAnn

  147. And so explain to me why the Saints are deserving of this action by the commissioner where other teams never received it? The Saints had their chances and blew it after the fact. That non call didn’t end the game like it did in some other games. The Saints are not any more deserving so run along now.

  148. Skyledger Project says:
    January 22, 2019 at 12:57 am
    which changes Drew Brees legacy forever.
    ))))))))))))))))))
    That pick in OT doesn’t help his legacy much.

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