NFL’s worst nightmare unfolds in New Orleans

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Nine years after an NFC championship game in New Orleans forced the NFL to overhaul the overtime rules, the NFL has more overhauling to do.

With the Rams stealing the NFC championship in overtime from the Saints, the league office will be under siege for the inexplicable non-call at the end of regulation that kept the Saints from running the clock down to the final seconds and winning the game with a walk-off field goal.

Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman not only interfered with Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis but also applied an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit on a defenseless receiver. Inexplicably, neither penalty was called. The non-call lit a fuse that burned throughout the rest of the game and will now explode.

Saints coach Sean Payton, a member of the Competition Committee, will be tempted to unload. And he should, fine be damned. Few horrible calls have had a bigger impact on the game, especially at a time when the technology exists to fix any and all errors that happen in real time.

It’s a shame that it will take something like this to wake up the Commissioner and the other stewards of the game, but if they don’t wake up now they never will.

They may have no choice. The scrutiny arising from Sunday’s embarrassment will be unprecedented, and it should be. There’s no excuse for such mistakes to be made, no reason for the available technology to not be used to fix their errors in real time.

Too much is riding on these decisions. From the money to the trophies to the legacies to the basic and fundamental integrity of the game, the league should be ashamed that this happened, and the league should be committed to fixing it.

If the league decides to act, the league will act like it has had some sort of awakening. The awakening should have come long before today’s outcome. But if today’s outcome prevents another one like it, maybe at some point it will have been worth it.

Saints fans, however, will never agree. And they never should. Today’s debacle was avoidable, and the league’s failure to ensure that all mechanisms are available to avoid and fix such blunders is the reason for it.

Congratulations, NFL.

316 responses to “NFL’s worst nightmare unfolds in New Orleans

  1. The only thing to make up for this travesty is to watch Brady and the Pats get humiliated and shut up all those phonie New England fans who were never seen prior to 2000

  2. Being a Browns fan I can totally relate on how horrible of messed up call that was….Saints fans unfortunately the NFL wants the bigger market to succeed

  3. Amen. No dog in this hunt but there is NO excuse for lack of calls. I admire both teams but who can feel good about this? Well, Rams fans can I guess . . .

  4. It’s great watching Payton whine during the press conference. I’ll bet Marcus Peters had a few words for him after the game

  5. From a Vikings fan…. how does that feel!!!! I’m cracking another bottle of rose to celebrate….so happy for the rams and not a bit for you obnoxious saints fans.😤😤

  6. Oh for God’s sake, quit whining about non-calls. I almost thought the Steelers lost tonight.

  7. Yea, use replay every play for penalties , the game will never go beyond the first first down with holding being called every single time.

  8. I mean bad calls have plagued the NFL for years, it was going to happen in a game of important magnitude sooner rather than later. Also lets not forget that Sean (i think i am smarter than anyone) Payton decided to throw on first down as opposed to bleeding clock and force the Rams to use a timeout.

  9. Tough luck Saints. Ten years after missed calls and inept officiating led to your Super Bowl win, it happens to you. And I’m glad

    – Every Viking fan.

  10. I am sure glad that the Rams won – for 2 reasons number 1 I do not really like Payton or Brees – respect them but do not like them. And 2 I really like the fact that the Saints got screwed by what I have been saying all season long – the Refereeing has been brutal. I hope that they fire Riveron and do a retooling of the rulebook as well their official training practices and replay protocols because if the goal is to get things correct – they sure have been failing and today a horrible missed call caused the wrong team to win.

  11. Karma hits New Orleans. Love it! That’s for 2009 game against the Vikings. You didn’t deserve to win that game and you deserve it this time around.

  12. Horrible calls all season, and apology letters sent.

    Instant replay as an officiating tool is partly to blame in the first place. Now, the writer wants it expanded even further. No thanks.

  13. Won’t exactly be able to call the Rams cheaters, but there should be an asterisk next to them on this win. What a horrible non call by the refs.

  14. The worst call ever was the Philly Special, which as Mike Pereira pointed out, used an illegal formation. That was after being reviewed as a scoring play. Didn’t hear 31 fanbases complain.

  15. I don’t have a dog in this fight. The non call was indeed horrible, but what are you advocating for? That every single call be reviewable? Sure the non call was horrendous, but a horrible call in the last minute costs a team just as much as a horrible call in the first minute does. Games are long enough, and way too many judgement calls too many automatic first downs etc. I feel badly for the saints players but what’s to say that call is any more important than a missed holding call, missed offsides, missed PI etc that the saints committed?

  16. It’s a shame that it will take something like this to wake up the Commissioner and the other stewards of the game,
    ————————————————–

    Hey, Jerry Jones tried to get ride of Goodell. But then the narrative changed because it was Jerry.

  17. 9 years ago the NFL buried the film of th NFC championship game due to the Saints blatant chrating and systematic jobbing by the refs… in this game the refs missed a single call. Tainted Saints got their just desserts.

  18. Rams will still take their ill gotten hats.

    Rams owner paid a lot of money to buy that Halas trophy

  19. There have been missed calls and bad calls throughout history. Debating what could have been is part of what makes sports interesting.

  20. This won’t go away until the ridiculous notion of “letting them play” in the playoffs ends. If it’s a penalty in the regular season it should be a penalty in the playoffs. So many missed calls in this game. Shameful.

  21. What is also interesting is the few penalties that were called against the Saints compared to the Rams – assuming Donald is not a fraud, it is obvious he was being held all game and not one call in that area.

    You are selective, whiners.

  22. Problem is with the “let em play” mentality. Let the ticky tack go, but that doesn’t mean you don’t call obvious penalties.

    Robey Coleman should’ve been flagged on at least two other occasions. And several face mask penalties weren’t called during the game either.

    Don’t blame Saints fans for being upset. And as a Ram fan I didn’t want to win that way either.

  23. And that wasn’t even a case of “letting the players play and decide the game.” That was a true foul. The Saints receiver had no chance to make a play because he was mugged before the ball arrived. The officials have to help him out in that situation.

    That was cold blooded. Saints were blatantly robbed.

  24. No horse in this race but you think a billion dollar industry would want to get the call right. The refs huddle up to pick up thrown flags they couldn’t have quickly talked this one over?

  25. The glaring lack of a true professional full time referee group was just illustrated. Bad rules, horrible guidance, and no real sign of actual professionalism by the crew. Bad calls all day. This will lead to either changes in the game or fewer viewers. Either way, Goodell is the wrong man to fix it.

    P.S. – I hate the Saints, I am a Bucs fan.

  26. N.O. got screwed on the no P.I. call but, it’s not the first time in NFL history that it has happened. Regular season, playoffs, or Super Bowl.

    You just gotta live with it.

    Goes with all teams in the regular season for years as well. Refs make bad calls.

    We like it when it favours our favourite team, and hate it when it favours the opposing team.

    Such is life of a fan of sports.

  27. Absolutely ridiculous. Goodell got what he wanted. His precious Rams in the SB. Sick, sick, sick. I hope either KC or the Pats kick their ass out of Atlanta.

  28. broncoschick says:
    January 20, 2019 at 6:40 pm
    Amen. No dog in this hunt but there is NO excuse for lack of calls. I admire both teams but who can feel good about this? Well, Rams fans can I guess . . .

    _______________________

    …..and Viking fans.

  29. I doubt peyton will be unloading on anything during the competition committee as I am sure the nfl has something similar to regular o which prevents peyton from participating in the discussion.

    Best regards

    Those of in the banking industry working under repressive regulations

  30. So what? The officials are human. Tell me that YOU have never missed a speed limit sign and was caught speeding.
    Spare me the rhetoric. Clearly PFT and ESPN wanted pro-union Drew Brees to go to the SB again.

  31. Please … your answer is MORE replay? The game’s are long enough? S… happens … deal with it.

  32. Selective outrage – you whiners have no integrity – there are at least just as bad calls that were either not called against New Orleans or that were called against the Rams.

    You are such disingenuous whiners.

  33. Again I will go back to week 16 when Haden got called for a couple questionable pi calls and the play before JUJU fumble was at worst a defensive holding which means chip shot fog heading to ot but the saints celebrated home field and no one complained about those calls

  34. IT’S A CONSPIRACY! TELL EVERYONE!!!! THERE IS A NEW STADIUM BEING BUILT IN LA, AND NOW THE RAMS ARE IN THE SUPER BOWL!

    SOMEONE GET ALEX JONES AND JESS VENTURA ON THE CASE!

  35. This was an exciting game and fun to watch. Unfortunately, it had to be decided by a call (no call) that was very blatantly obvious on two counts (pass interference and blow to the head). For those conspiracy fans who believe the league wants certain teams to win, this is their proof. I thought the league wanted to eliminate blows to the head but I guess I was wrong or maybe they misspoke about that desire.

    It will be interesting to see if KC gets a weird call as well as that would put two coast teams in, good for league coffers.

  36. Suprise, suprise Gomah. LA represents west coast money, big time. This game was fixed from the get go. And, you dont think the ref that blatantly missed the DPI call didnt have a little side action on this game? You betcha!

  37. It was a bad non-call but I have a hard time feeling bad for Sean Payton. I’ve felt for years that he’s a closet weasel. He’s not a “professional” who stays above the fray when it comes to taking subtle cheap shots at opposing players and coaches during press conferences. He’s got that trolling smirk he uses towards opposing players and he actually will talk trash to players during games. He won’t be doing any passive-aggressive trolling tonight.

  38. It’s a shame that it will take something like this to wake up the Commissioner and the other stewards of the game, but if they don’t wake up now they never will.

    They may have no choice. The scrutiny arising from Sunday’s embarrassment will be unprecedented, and it should be.

    ————–

    Nope, Roger is awake and doesn’t care.

  39. I agree with all this however one thing is undeniable, the league wants the Rams in the Super Bowl

  40. As a Packers fan..I was pulling for the Rams (better draft pick if the Saint lost)…but the Refs absolutely blew that call. That was game over…
    Perhaps it was a make up call since Rams petition to remove Venovich from being the ref in this one… 1-8 now folks! Go Chefs!

  41. nfliferfan22 says:
    January 20, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    The only thing to make up for this travesty is to watch Brady and the Pats get humiliated and shut up all those phonie New England fans who were never seen prior to 2000
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    They went to a Super Bowl in the 80’s and 90’s.

  42. nfliferfan22 says:
    January 20, 2019 at 6:39 pm
    The only thing to make up for this travesty is to watch Brady and the Pats get humiliated and shut up all those phonie New England fans who were never seen prior to 2000
    ——————————————————

    Well if that’s what you’re looking for your day’s not starting out to well. 7-0 Pats

  43. I felt everything that non call was trivial. Like it was all some sort of fantasy game that didn’t matter. The CFL has this figured out and you’re telling me the NFL can’t?

  44. I don’t know. When you see all of those Saints fans blowing whistles while the Rams were on offense and throwing stuff from the stands, I don’t mind watching them cry.

  45. The ‘Aints have benefited from many non-calls so this time they are finally on the wrong side of it.
    BTW I am 100% supporting Goodell b/c I know that ya’ll will be apoplectic on him. Goodell KNOWS how to run a major corporation better than ANY of YOU.

  46. obviously the league wants LA and NE to advance to boost the Super Bowl TV ratings, they will give the game to Brady tonight just watch.

  47. The refs need to be fired for being incompetent or were they paid off. A federal investigation needs to take place.

  48. The high/low hit on Favre, the dropped pass called a catch, the fumble inexplicably called a first down when the were 1 yard short and the phantom PI against Ben Leber. In the 09 NFCCG. No Pete Morelli this time to buy you a Super Bowl. For years saints fans have been telling Vikings fans to stop whining, the refs didn’t call it. Skolol and all other things. I loved Payton crying on the sideline to the refs. I hope it stings, I hope it burns. Poetic Justice. Skolol.

  49. That was shocking and something I’d expect in an NBA game. It reminded me of the Lakers King game. The Super Bowl is tainted and the Rams aren’t the best team in the NFC, I’m not a Saints or a Rams fan, I’m just disappointed as a fan.

  50. the only reason the saints were in this game was the refs. the rntire first half, the refs were blind towards the saint infractions. they made several bad “no calls” in the second half for both teams My real question is why the overtime rules need overhauling when this happened in regulation???????

  51. There should also have been an announcement made in the 1st quarter to tell the crowd to stop using whistles. If they persisted after that start throwing flags.

  52. Im sure the league will come forward and offer its sincerest apologies in the coming days and Saints fans can find solace in that. Its hard to see a team beat someone up and down the field only to have it stripped away by a few referees. But hey, there is always next year.

  53. Sooooooo….. the league is concerned about helmet to helmet hits? All calls in the playoffs should be reviewable. Got no dog in this fight but the saints got hosed. Officials were horrible for both sides.

  54. Lots of crybaby Vikings fans… I LOVED the Vikie/Saints NFCC …it was an instant classic ending the way it was destined to end. BWAHAHAHAHA

  55. That none DPI call just shows the NFL has no integrity. The worst no call I’ve ever seen and I don’t have a dog in this game and I’ve been watching since the 1960’s. No way the Rams would have won without that call. Pathetic officials

  56. dryzzt23 says:
    January 20, 2019 at 6:52 pm
    So what? The officials are human. Tell me that YOU have never missed a speed limit sign and was caught speeding.
    Spare me the rhetoric. Clearly PFT and ESPN wanted pro-union Drew Brees to go to the SB again.

    ————

    Yup , I’ve been caught speeding.
    But I’ve never been caught speeding where the cop had the ability to turn back time and make un speed but his handbook didn’t allow it.

  57. I guess you can’t have the Patriots playing an experienced QB in the super bowl that they would probably lose to.

  58. Can someone please explain to me how the NFL will make more money from the Rams being in the Super Bowl than the Saints? Would the stadium be half empty if New Orleans were representing the NFC? Would a Brady vs Brees Super Bowl somehow make less money than whatever game we’re going to get?

  59. That call in real-time was not that bad. I didn’t think it was an obvious call when I watched it live. Go back and look at it live.

    Now, with that said, it was obvious no *replay*.

  60. This was worse, way worse than the BS call against the Lions in Dallas a couple years back when first they called PI on Dallas and then picked up the flag. No excuse to not overturn an obvious no-call in such a critical moment of a huge game. Saints got screwed out od a Superbowl trip.

  61. I’m a Rams fan and no doubt it was a bad call but what about when Goff is running towards the end zone and he got face-masked and it wasn’t called?. That’s first and goal at the 2 yard line and they end up getting a FG? There was a lot of non calls in this game but that one gets the most notice because it was near the end of the game.

  62. No matter whether you love the Saints or hate them, the issue is that the officiating is deciding the games, not the players or coaching match ups.

    The integrity of the game is at stake, and has been for quite awhile. With the speed and athleticism of the players, these part time referees cannot possibly keep up with them. They are old and some are very out of shape. No possible way can they keep up with these players. The NFL needs to invest in FULL TIME, trained professional officials, who are accountable for the quality of their officiating.

  63. Might need to check the background on all the officials gambling being the Feds turned it back over to states with no calls like that.

  64. Couldn’t happen to a better group, excluding Brees.

    Payton lost his bearing completely. Bad calls happen. Quit whining and coach.

  65. I’m not a Rams or Saints fan but that was the worst non call I have ever seen when you take into account what was on the line.

    Just horrible.

  66. Ugh here you go pushing the narrative again to have everything be done thru technology. Most penalties are judgement calls and 2 crews call it different ways. Not saying it wasn’t a bad call but let’s not put more reviews in. If we do we might as well get rid of refs making calls altogether and just have 1 guy watching on a monitor tell an announcer what to call. Also hold the hyperbole please, this is far from NFL worst nightmare.

  67. Bringing up the Philly Special in comparison to today’s non-call? Ridiculous take. Get over it. It’s part of NFL legend forever. Push your own team to make some history.

  68. Stealing? Really? May not like the call but I’m simple – even if it were my own team – if you’re coming down to the last moments of a game and you haven’t figured out how to close it buy the 4th? Sorry. One play does not a champion make.

    I think it was a bad call and I like Brees. But stealing? SMH

  69. That P.I. Was as flagrant as the facemask on Goff. Shame on the refs, period.

    Having said that, knowing The Who Dat nation had their souls crushed by The Miracle last year and now this?!

    BWAHAHAHAHA!

  70. I have never seen this many fans of the NFL of every team in the league all agree that this was one of the worst non-calls ever except for the cheap ass Vikings fans that are on here trolling. Out of all the calls that go 50 50 with people arguing on these sites, I’ve never seen so many people, regardless of which team they root for, talk about how bad this non call was.

    I watched this game at a Saints party that had a falcons fan at it, our biggest rival, and even that person said it was the worst non call they’ve ever seen and this fan was of course rooting against the Saints.

  71. I’m really not sure why Viking fans are making this game to be all about them.
    Your 2009 team lost!
    Get over it!
    And no, it wasn’t stolen from you, grow up!
    It’s posts like these that perfectly illustrate what a sad, bitter and pathetic fan base you are.
    And should explain why the entire league laughs at you and your 0-58 team.

  72. It’s a little thing called KARMA! lol, I love it right now. awe, don’t like the call? What about Bounty gate and that phantom pass INT call made against Minn in OT 10 years ago? I would love nothing more to see more heartbreak for the Saints and their fans. Great game!

  73. Bad calls is just the excuse that losers use to sleep at night.

    If you didn’t do such a poor job in the first place, calls wouldn’t have mattered.

  74. Saints Fans – Welcome to the Football Karma Experience! In this case, delivered after nine years. Well, there was last year’s precursor. Here’s how it goes: your team should have won….your team doesn’t win….nobody really cares but you and nobody really feels sorry for you…

  75. A little karma for the Saints after they were gift wrapped in 2009. Remember the “catch” that hit the ground? The non-call roughing the passers? The phantom pass interference call on Chad Greenway.

    We’ve waited a long time for this. And it finally happened.

  76. Horrible, horrible, officiating on that call! This is part of what is destroying the NFL. There is no question that that non-call had a huge impact on that game. I don’t even like the Saints but I am as outraged as their fans are over that travesty. For two teams to play the hearts out as they did and have one non-call which was so obvious my grandmothers could see it (and they’ve been dead for over 25 years) is beyond ridiculous!

    Those officials need to be fired immediately and they ought to investigate them for being crooked, too. I am sick of this stuff happening almost every week in the NFL. It makes me not even want to watch the Patriots and Chiefs game.

    The Saints should be heading to the Super Bowl, not the Rams. Regardless of who wins the game this evening, I refuse to watch the Super Bowl now because it is already tainted!!
    And I don’t want to hear that the Saints had more chances after that horrible non-call either, because that is totally irrelevant. The fact is, their head coach lost his focus after that call and rightly so. He couldn’t believe it just as everyone else including the announcers couldn’t believe it!!

    Way to go NFL — you screwed up another huge game!!!!!!

  77. Hey Viking idiots, you team was watching from their sofas. Oh yeah, ya sorry franchise still ain’t won a Super Bowl. SKOL!! Lol!!!!

  78. Didn’t matter to me who won. That play was ridiculous. There is no excuse to not call pass interference there. It was right in front of the official on that side. How much money was on the line in Vegas? Who won and who lost in the gambling world? That is kinda showing up in the outcomes of some games. It will get a lot worse. Soon, we will be able to determine winners by who stands to make the most money gambling on football, not who has the best teams with the best players.

  79. Isn’t there unprecendted turnover in both head referees as well as Veeps of Officiating?

    Don’t wonder why retention is so low.

    Don’t wonder why gambling was legalized.

    Just wonder remaining in the NFL is legitimate at this point.

  80. All season long anything close to blow to the head or hit on defenseless player, anything close, was called. Why not today? Brush fire tragedy gives LA title. NO got their title after flood. Community needed a boost. NFL followed orders.

  81. dryzzt23 says:
    January 20, 2019 at 6:52 pm
    So what? The officials are human. Tell me that YOU have never missed a speed limit sign and was caught speeding.
    Spare me the rhetoric. Clearly PFT and ESPN wanted pro-union Drew Brees to go to the SB again.

    ———–

    Yeah I’ve been caught speeding, but I’ve never blown right past a cop going 120mph and received a free pass. That stuff doesn’t happen by accident folks.

  82. seahawks19081 says:
    Vikings fans really hold on to things don’t they?
    ==

    Amusing, coming from a Seahawks fan.
    Every time the Steelers or their fans complain about any officiating whatsoever there are a dozen Seattle fans Johnny-on-the-spot to remind them of a Super Bowl played more than a decade ago.
    Pot, meet kettle.

  83. They didn’t throw the flag because it would have taken all the drama out of the game. Like it or not this is not 100% legitimate. It is a business and entertainment and officials control the game for whatever is best for ratings. It is becoming more obvious and more people are waking up to it.

  84. They aren’t going to wake up. Blatanf calls were missed that cost teams almost week in and week out. Why would the NFL care now? Let Payton go off. He didn’t mind much when his team got the benefit that gave them the #1 seed in the Steelers game. Fans will get mad, the league will do nothing of value and it will be rinse/repeat next year.

  85. The League does not care at all…..this is about TV ratings for the Super Bowl and they want LA and Boston…..they will put out a “sorry about that statement”…..but they are ecstatic LA is in the SB, you can bet on that (oh wait, the NFL wants you to).

    This is why college football is better…..

  86. You cannot remove the human element from the game. Players are going to make bad plays, and referees are going to make bad calls. It’s football. Get over it. The only thing to do is to go on to the next game and try to win.

  87. I’m a Saints fan and the Saints have only themselves to blame. Their head coach horribly mismanaged the situation in the final two minutes of regulation. They had a chance to be up 21-0 in the first quarter. They blew it. They didn’t play well enough to take it out of the NFL’s hands. You know Roger Goodell didn’t want the Saints in the Super Bowl to relive two weeks of bounties. Had the Saints done their jobs, the game wouldn’t have been open to the officials getting involved.

  88. Think I’m done watching pro football. Was really looking forward to this weekend but after the refs blatantly altered the outcome, why bother watching. I didn’t even care who won but just hate that refs are now dictating the outcome of games.

  89. For every idiot Swampers fans jumping off a cliff right now, you talk about that non PI call, but I’m sure you were fine with the no call FACEMASK on Goff at the goal line.

    I can’t think of a better thing happening to the Saints and Payton specifically, Karma baby!

    Who dat?

  90. “The League does not care at all…..this is about TV ratings for the Super Bowl and they want LA and Boston”

    Yeah, that makes sense. That’s why the Jets and Bears are in the Super Bowl almost every year…

  91. Don’t remember Payton complaining when the Saints roughed Favre in the NFCC game back in 09 repeatedly, and the refs looked the other way. Karma.

  92. Even Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles & Helen Keller could see that was clearly pass interference…BUT despite the no-call, New Orleans kicked the go ahead field goal right afterwards. How come no one is pointing the finger at the Saints defense for not stopping the Rams with less than a minute to go? How come no one is criticizing the Brees and the Saints offense for turning the ball over on the first drive in OT? The Saints had plenty of opportunities to win after the bad call and didn’t do it. So go ahead and blame the refs.

  93. Remember 2009 when the Saints took repeated late shots on Brett Favre without a single call? Karma did.

  94. If I’m not mistaken, last years grey cup was won when a non call was reviewed and turned into the appropriate call (pass int. I seem to recall). Correct call was then made and the team was able to win. Maybe they are on to something.

  95. Let’s not forget that while the officials blew it, the Saints squandered a golden opportunity in overtime to win the game and threw the game to the Rams (literally).

  96. I rooted for the rams,but that was the worst non call of all time. The official whose responsible shouldn’t work another game.

  97. Congratulations to the Vikings’ fans on the Saints loss, which apparently was the most important game for Vikings’ fans all year.

  98. Lifelong Packer fan. Despise Vikings even more than Bears. Hated seeing Favre in purple. No ill will toward NO fans, respect Brees.

    That all said, Viking fans here are correct. This was a Karma moment for them. The Saints hit Favre illegally often as part of their explicit game plan. Refs in that game should have called a least a couple illegal shots on Favre.

    Doesn’t happen often, but I can respect what Viking fans are feeling as Payton vents about the refs.

  99. The best thing about the refs blowing this call is that it gives the Vikings fans a chance to replay and remember the days of old when they had the better team but Favre was Favre and Adrian was fumbling Adrian and they lost the game and blamed the refs

  100. Sean Payton, how does it feel to have a championship game stolen from you? Signed, all Vikings fans!

    FYI: My team is too terrible to win anything so here I am in a comments section that has nothing to do with my team, crying like a child. That’s what you mean, right?

  101. To the Viking fans gloating about the Saints getting “karma” for that 2009 game? I consider that same game’s results to be “karma” for the Vikings stealing Hutch from us!

  102. This isn’t about the Saints, Rams or their fans. It’s about lack of integrity in officiating. How can the NFL expect us to take their product seriously with crap like this? As for Viking fans talking smack, go away. You’re not relevant until your team actually competes in the playoffs.

  103. Really Vikings fans really? Fans of other teams didn’t get on this site in 2010 and complain about any calls like this. This wasn’t a situation that could go either way from pushing and shoving by two players. It was a textbook call. It would have been a first down. We won’t even get into the other calls in the game that affected both teams cuz those don’t matter compared to this. There were calls for both teams that could have gone either way.

  104. Karma hits New Orleans. Love it! That’s for 2009 game against the Vikings. You didn’t deserve to win that game and you deserve it this time around.

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    Right, because we know the 5 turnovers that the Vikings had in that game had nothing to do with the Vikings losing.

  105. dregonspengler says:
    January 20, 2019 at 7:17 pm
    seahawks19081 says:
    Vikings fans really hold on to things don’t they?
    ==

    Amusing, coming from a Seahawks fan.
    Every time the Steelers or their fans complain about any officiating whatsoever there are a dozen Seattle fans Johnny-on-the-spot to remind them of a Super Bowl played more than a decade ago.
    Pot, meet kettle.
    ——————————————
    Super Bowl, when you win one let me know.

  106. Sean Payton, how does it feel to have a championship game stolen from you? Signed, all Vikings fans!

    ========================

    Right, because we all know that the five turnovers that the Vikings had in that game had nothing to do with them losing that game.

  107. That was awful. Saints should be in the Super Bowl right now. That call if made correctly ends the game, and there’s not even OT or a chance for the Rams to win.

  108. Boohoo Saints. I don’t see any asterisk next to their win in 2009. Can’t hold this against the Rams. Bad calls happen all the time. It’s part of the game.

  109. WHO DAT..WHO DEY..DEM FRAUDS..LOL
    YOU faux fans deserve that hoking Aints team. Two years in a row you choked. The salty tears is so delicious.

  110. upnorthvikesfan says:
    January 20, 2019 at 6:40 pm
    Sean Payton, how does it feel to have a championship game stolen from you? Signed, all Vikings fans!

    FYI, my team is too terrible to win anything, even when a miracle is in play. Signed, Vikings fans.

  111. Darren L says:
    Right, because we know the 5 turnovers that the Vikings had in that game had nothing to do with the Vikings losing.
    ==

    That’s a fair point.
    Just like Drew Brees’ interception, poor late-game clock management by Sean Payton, the defensive failure to stop the Rams in the late going, and New Orleans’ poor play in the red zone (when it could have put the Rams away in the first quarter) had nothing to do with the Saints losing today. Right?

  112. Stunning non call. With the officiating as bad as it’s ever been, it’s now happened on the biggest stage outside of the Super Bowl. And barring a complete breakdown,bit cost the Saints the NFC Championship.

  113. seahawks19081 says:
    Super Bowl, when you win one let me know.
    ==

    I’m a Packers fan. My team has FOUR Lombardo Trophies and 13 NFL titles.
    Nice assumption, however.

  114. I’m sure there will be those who will accuse the refs of deliberately missing the call so CBS would get the Rams into the Super Bowl because of it being the LA market.

  115. Absolutely true but it won’t happen. Logic doesn’t live in corporate america. Suspend a guy for 6 games with no evidence and. A year of an investigation and don’t even try to get a tape on a guy and don’t even investigate. This was one of the worst years for officiating and its the same year gambling was allowed along with Vegas getting involved with a team. Coincidence? I thing not. The game is great. the league sucks. Hate i have 45 years of love for a team cause this is asinine. Isn’t that right Dez Bryant?

  116. That was a bad non call. But sometimes it happens. I’m not going to feel bad for saints fans. Or Sean Payton.

  117. sirsaintforever says:
    January 20, 2019 at 7:07 pm
    I have never seen this many fans of the NFL of every team in the league all agree that this was one of the worst non-calls ever except for the cheap ass Vikings fans that are on here trolling. Out of all the calls that go 50 50 with people arguing on these sites, I’ve never seen so many people, regardless of which team they root for, talk about how bad this non call was.

    I watched this game at a Saints party that had a falcons fan at it, our biggest rival, and even that person said it was the worst non call they’ve ever seen and this fan was of course rooting against the Saints.

    __________________

    I don’t think anybody thinks it wasn’t a bad call but the scars from 09 run deep. By the way the Vikings didn’t just lose that game because of the refs, just as it wasn’t all on the refs tonight. I thought Brees was poor all night and Payton’s clock management at the end gave the Rams a far better chance than they should have. As long as Payton is your HC I will root against the Rams and I make no apologies for it. He could always do another SKOL clap to cheer himself up, it seemed to make him happy the last time, until……

  118. As bittersweet as this might be for Saints fans, the only way this is “corrected” is with more replay, more delays and more influence from officials. Are you sure that’s what you want?

    The Rams played dominant despite not being able to talk to each other. They earned the win.

  119. There have been terrible, game changing, season ending, career ruining judgement calls (or non calls) for as long as I can remember. Best I can tell, nothing has changed.

    The only solution is to give teams the ability to challenge any play – but still a total of just 3 or 4 total challenges a game. Let them review PI, Roughing or anything else. Why the heck not?

  120. Can someone please explain to me how the NFL will make more money from the Rams being in the Super Bowl than the Saints? Would the stadium be half empty if New Orleans were representing the NFC? Would a Brady vs Brees Super Bowl somehow make less money than whatever game we’re going to get?
    __________________________________
    Its all about ratings and what the league can charge the many sponsors that pay millions for a 30 second ad.

  121. NFL worst nightmare? LOL. What is the key to marketing? People talking about the product. This will be .. OUTRAGE!..OUTRAGE! .. OUTRage. OuTRAGE. ..outrage. New news cycle. NFL isn’t going to change. They know we can’t quit loving their product.

  122. 3 relevant words are mentioned in the article : Goodell, money and fix just not together nor in the right order… when are we going to stop being surprised at “blown calls” in big games? W. says in the JCole song: ‘fool me once, you won’t fool me again hehehe”… We don’t seem to learn with the NFL tho. This should be the last time.

  123. >>dirtycrumbs says:
    January 20, 2019 at 7:48 pm
    As bittersweet as this might be for Saints fans, the only way this is “corrected” is with more replay, more delays and more influence from officials. Are you sure that’s what you want?

    The Rams played dominant despite not being able to talk to each other. They earned the win.>>

    It will likely take an elected official starting an official investigation of the Refs and the NFL over something like this for the NFL to change.

  124. As a Saints fan this stings, but the real travesty is that you have 70 year old men referring a game played by mostly 20 and 30 somethings that is a 14 billion dollar industry. This is inexcusable..

    And Viking fans, the NFL knew that if your team went it would be another bad Superbowl like the previous 4 you were in. Your franchise is a joke. Your Superbowl record consists of 23-7 loss to the Chiefs, a 16-6 loss to the Steelers, a 24-7 loss to the Dolphins, and a 32-14 beatdown by the Raiders. Who would want to watch the Vikings outside of Minnesota?

  125. The conspiracy theorist in me says: LA is the 2nd largest media market, the NFL moved 2 reams to non-NFL LA, LA’s attendance was terrible, so to build interest in LA they need an LA team in the Super Bowl.

  126. kpr131 says:
    January 20, 2019 at 7:14 pm
    Hey Viking idiots, you team was watching from their sofas. Oh yeah, ya sorry franchise still ain’t won a Super Bowl. SKOL!! Lol!!!
    ————————————

    And the Saints fans get to look up at their championship banner fondly knowing it has a giant asterisk by it. The league handed them a trophy because of Katrina and everyone knows it.

  127. nfliferfan22 says:
    January 20, 2019 at 6:39 pm
    The only thing to make up for this travesty is to watch Brady and the Pats get humiliated and shut up all those phonie New England fans who were never seen prior to 2000

    —————————————————
    “ good luck with all that “
    -Jerry Seinfeld

  128. Yea. lets review every call and make the NFL suck more. Coach should focus on game management gaffs. Ref’s will be refs (human factor), there is a penalty on every play, is that what you want… it does suck for Saints as it was a bad non-call, but it didn’t determine the outcome of the game,lots of other plays and calls did…As usual PFT is the instigator by throwing gas on an already large fire.

  129. After the Vikings Saints playoff game in 2010, people around the league weren’t saying that the Vikings should be been in the super bowl. All the guys on NFL Network are saying how ridiculous the call was and that the saints should be in the super bowl.

    There was no official league apology about any calls in that game in 2010 like there is in this one. There is already been acknowledgement that this was ridiculous. And as a Saints fan, I own a copy that whole game and watch it all the time and there are several things that could have been called in that game for both sides. but a receiver that’s going out for a pass and gets hit when the ball is 4 yards away from getting to him with the helmet to helmet? Vikings fans you had your chance last year after our gift and you blew it because the Eagles ate your lunch. That was your Karma, and it was given to you.

  130. The NFL is a business! A business this big leaves nothing to chance. This entire season the field has been tilted in favor of the LA teams. The NFL has a vested interest in making sure the LA market is a success. Ridiculous!

  131. While I feel the Saints fans pain, there are very few NFL franchises who haven’t suffered similar post season experiences. The list is long and every time an incident gets mentioned, those bringing it up get labeled as whiners, and the same will happen with this.

  132. Yess it was a Bad call but What about the two non-Calls for play clock going down to :00 which one led to a touchdown on the subsequent play for the Saints

  133. That was a horrible no call. But, we will never know what might have happened after that play. They may have scored and locked it up, or they may have turned it over. It will sound like conspiracy theory, but when a call is that bad, they really need to investigate the refs, as there could be something sketchy there.

    More reason that every call should be reviewable. In college, they could at least have reviewed that play for the helmet to helmet call.

  134. I have to say that I’m extremely embarrassed by my fellow Viking fans on this thread. You are making us all look like a bunch of crybabies.
    Let it go already. Our team wasn’t robbed of anything against the Saints 9 years ago.
    We lossed that game, fair and square. It was a tough loss to swallow because we were so close, but I’ve moved on.
    I swear you’re all enjoying this win more than the Ram fans are and that’s just mind boggling.
    People are laughing at us, and I don’t blame them one bit.
    Please stop.
    We always tell Packer fans to stop living in the past, perhaps it’s time we begin taking our own advice.

  135. I mean you were given first possesion in overtime. Maybe just dont throw an interception. Its not like there was any hit placed on Brees.

  136. Dear god, is there a lower form of life in the sporting world than Vikings fans? It’s always about them, it’s never their fault when they lose a playoff game. They always win the preseason, etc, etc, etc.

    You lost in New Orleans those MANY years ago. You could’ve protected Favre but you chose instead to rack up yards on screen passes during the blitz. That game was textbook on how you play against an again QB like Favre so borrow some class and change your diapers for some big boy pants and live in the moment.

  137. Every play must be reviewed. With the state’s having sports betting. Could you imangine an attorney General from Delaware or another small state launching an investigation and supeoening everyone

  138. Don’t remember Payton complaining when the Saints roughed Favre in the NFCC game back in 09 repeatedly, and the refs looked the other way. Karma.

    ——————————————

    That last big one was clean and they got flagged for it, just saying. It was brutal but… football anyone? NFL is a joke. It really snapped for me after the Clay Mathews thing in week 2 and 3. Mess up the Packers season then never call it again. Brilliant.

  139. PurpleReign77….you’re an idiot if you think it was fair and square. Is that why Payton was suspended for x amount of games and Greg William’s was suspended for a year?

  140. Stop crying. One bad call, look back at the 2009 Southgate game. There should have been 4 late but calls, in the 1st quarter of play. GO Rams!!!!!!
    PS – Minneapolis Miracle😂😂😂😂😯😂😂😂😂😂

  141. Really bad call. But two wrongs don’t make a right.

    The last thing we need are MORE reviews.

    It’s not hard to understand. Open up the plays challenges can be used on. Keep the same number of challenges just more types of plays to use them on. If you are going to have replay, why limit its use? Otherwise get rid of it altogether and just take the game for what it’s worth as it’s
    Called

  142. As a Rams fan I understand the Saints feeling like they were screwed and it was a horrible call. This call will put a black eye on the league and the Rams win and while this call was a horrible call and just so happened at a “key” moment in the game there were several non-calls against the Saints including WRs getting mugged and Ram D-Lineman getting held on several plays that could have changed this game also but they weren’t spotlighted and so they don’t count. Despite all of this the Saints got the ball first in OT and could have drove down and won the game. They did not and the Rams answered and won. You can blame it on that 1 call but the fact is everyone bitches about official calls all year running games and now you have a game where the officials “let them play” and everyone bitches about that. There will always be a reason for the losing team to be mad. I’m still mad about the BS call where the Rams got a 1st down on a fake FG in week 9 that changed the game that resulted in the Saints getting homefield in the first place. Oh, but that doesn’t count. Can’t have it both ways. GO RAMS!

  143. skolvikings2017 says:
    January 20, 2019 at 8:29 pm
    PurpleReign77….you’re an idiot if you think it was fair and square. Is that why Payton was suspended for x amount of games and Greg William’s was suspended for a year?
    _______________

    Payton and Williams were suspended for running a bounty program that basically almost every team in the league ran in one form or another.
    It was an egregious offense because two years previously, the league issued a league wide mandate to suspend all such programs, which the Saints ignored.
    Not for anything that necessarily occurred in that championship game and any statements suggesting otherwise is just plain silly.
    Where was the illegal edge?
    You can still aggressively go after the quarterback even if there’s no money involved.
    No, I’d rather blame the 12 men in the huddle, AP’s fumble fingers, and finally, Favre’s untimely pick when he could have walked the ball to field goal range, than cry like a little girl.
    Again, please stop this nonsense.
    I love my Minnesota Vikings with all my heart, and if some day they ever win a true NFL championship I will shed tears of joy, especially after all the hardships we’ve endured. And God knows we’ve endured more than most.
    But, there are sometimes when I’m thoroughly embarrassed and dismayed by our fans and just wish they’d shut up.

  144. It’s a Sunday night and it’s NFL Conference Championship weekend. The Saints played the LA Rams, The Chiefs play the Patriots. A game ends in what many people, most who have no stake in the outcome, have said was one of the worst no calls ever. As a Saints fan, I come to this thread and read comments. While I expect there to be haters I did not think all of Minnesota would be on here as if they were relevant. My team lost and I’m moving on. Vikings fans still can’t move on 9 years later. I have to ask, is the snow getting to your brains? Is there anything to do in Minnesota other than ice fish? I mean – 9 YEARS LATER and you’re still petty and bitter….. over a football game. LO fricken L!!!!!!

  145. skolvikings2017 says:
    January 20, 2019 at 8:29 pm
    PurpleReign77….you’re an idiot if you think it was fair and square. Is that why Payton was suspended for x amount of games and Greg William’s was suspended for a year?
    ————————

    He’s a cheesehead with a fake account. You must not be on here much.

  146. dregonspengler says:
    January 20, 2019 at 7:17 pm
    seahawks19081 says:
    Vikings fans really hold on to things don’t they?
    ==

    Amusing, coming from a Seahawks fan.
    Every time the Steelers or their fans complain about any officiating whatsoever there are a dozen Seattle fans Johnny-on-the-spot to remind them of a Super Bowl played more than a decade ago.
    Pot, meet kettle.
    +++
    You’re right. But, what fan base doesn’t do this? Steelers fans have done the same thing.

  147. The Saints took the lead on that drive. They play defense for 1:30 and they’re in the Super Bowl. They protect Brees in overtime and they’re in the Super Bowl. Hell, they don’t get outscored 26-10 after the first quarter and they’re in the Super Bowl.

    It was a bad no-call, but it did not cost them the game.

  148. Not a fan of any of the 4 teams left so honestly after that i can`t see why i should watch the Super Bowl. It`s tainted and not only because of a missed call but the ref was in such good position the missed call doesn`t look like an accident.From his angle he could clearly see the defender was there before the ball and if he thought the ball was tipped he needed to go ask another ref if it was tipped and when determined no throw the flag.It`s not like throwing a flag late after officials get together is uncommon. There is no good excuse for that bad of a miss.

  149. All of you crybabies on here just stop already and grow up, one play did not define or affect the outcome of this game. It’s ridiculous to say it did, New Orlenes got a field goal on a that series and the Rams still took their Offensive and while losing the game, drove the ball down New Orleans throat when it matter most. Was it a bad call, absolutely but it was not what decided the game, New Orleans had the lead and then got the ball first in overtime you crybaby idiots, you sound foolish and uneducated, there are a couple of questionable calls in just about every NFL game. Again New Orleans got the ball first in a game that ended tied, they didn’t stop the Rams on the game trying or game winning drives period, end of discussion. Just stop already ya bunch of Momma’s boys.

  150. This will be my first Super bowl in 50 years that I won’t participate in. An illegitimate team – the Rams – are in in it due to malfeasance on the part of the Officials. And I’m not a Saints fan. They got royally screwed and the NFL doesn’t have in place the mechanisms to insure this crap doesn’t happen. The non-call was so blatant, with at least 2 penalties that should have been called, all which make the Ram’s a team that has no right to be in that game. Say what you will, but officiating should not be the reason a team makes it to the Super Bowl.

  151. ratsfoiledagain says:
    You’re right. But, what fan base doesn’t do this? Steelers fans have done the same thing.
    ==

    A fan of a team that has been whining about getting “homered” in the Super Bowl for more than 10 years showed up on this thread to make fun of Vikings fans because they’re doing the same thing. I was merely pointing out the hypocrisy (and no, I’m not a fan of the Vikings, Seahawks, Steelers, Rams or Saints).

  152. This year’s super bowl is illegitimate. Unless the Saints are in it, the super bowl is no longer valid and will never be recognized.
    Sorry, just the facts.

  153. Homer calls for New England at KC and NO call at New Orleans sets the Super Bowl with the teams TV wanted. The best teams are looking at next year. The ratings teams are going to Atlanta.

  154. At least the NFL will say they are sorry. Dang, what do you guys want from them. Better Luck next year. signed -RG

  155. All of you crybabies on here just stop already and grow up, one play did not define or affect the outcome of this game. It’s ridiculous to say it did, New Orlenes got a field goal on a that series and the Rams still took their Offensive and while losing the game, drove the ball down New Orleans throat when it matter most. Was it a bad call, absolutely but it was not what decided the game, New Orleans had the lead and then got the ball first in overtime you crybaby idiots, you sound foolish and uneducated, there are a couple of questionable calls in just about every NFL game. Again New Orleans got the ball first in a game that ended tied, they didn’t stop the Rams on the game trying or game winning drives period, end of discussion. Just stop already ya bunch of Momma’s boys.

    ====
    You realize though if that correct call is made the Saints just kneel down 3 times and run the clock down to like 3 seconds and kick a FG and time expires as it goes through, assuming he makes it.

  156. finchy74 says:
    January 20, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    There should be an asterisk next to the Saints lone Super Bowl win. Perhaps this is simply the football Gods evening things out a bit.
    _______________

    Agreed, as I also believe the football Gods have appropriately kept the Barney’s trophy case empty because of their arrogantly bitter and overall ignorant fans.

    Just for the record, to all the fans on this thread, this……this display right here, all of this is what Packer fans have to endure every single Sunday.
    And off and on throughout the offseason.
    This is just a small glimpse into our everyday pain.

  157. I wont say the game was fixed, but I think the NFL wanted something like this to happen. Next year pass interference will be reviewable and the games will take longer (more commercials) which will result in the NFL making more money. When does the XFL start again?

  158. Big non call error. Could not of happened to a better coaching staff or team.
    From mauling and intentionally trying to hurt players in their one SB run.
    I am not sure the tactic has left.
    Notice the Eagles game. Their O-line was getting handled pretty bad and suddenly not one but 2 D linemen for the Eagles are hurt in a pail.
    They played dirty years ago and still do.

  159. The bigger the stage…the brighter the lights…the better the odds that the refs will keep their flags in their pockets. These zebras call this stuff *all year long.*

    1- We know if you’re a DB and you “don’t look back for the ball,” you’re gonna get flagged every time, but not in this instance.

    2- After all we heard about how much the NFL is cracking down on helmet-to-helmet hits the fact they didn’t call this one was a travesty.

    It almost smelled like the fix was in!

    BTW, what constitutes a catch anyway???

  160. Refs blow, way to many rules and not constant on any calls. Maybe it is time to have younger refs, most of these guys are old as dirt. There should be an official watching on a screen that can make a call to the guy on the field. Heck all they have to do is see it in the big screens. The NFL is faster these days, they should be able to review the play and make it right.

  161. I watched the AFC title game to and felt that just like the NFC title game, that the winner was determines not by the two teams but by the officials. There was a roughing the passer penalty against KC when all the defender did was slightly pull Brady’s jersey, no contact with head at all. It too was late in the 4th qtr & New England got a TD because of the penalty. I may not be watching NFL football in the future because i am questioning its integrity…

  162. Why are the Vyking fans such cry babies about 2009 is it because the liar goodell said The SAINTS tried too hard to get to the Super Bowl? Remember vyking fans you’ve had multiple times to win the superbowl and they’ve always loss so are you also mad at the Eagles for kicking your teams butts last year much less all the other teams throughout the years who’ve made you look like fools. Hopefully we get to play the Vikings again next year so we continue to rub your noses in the Vikings losing ways. At least when the SAINTS lose a nfc championship it’s because the refs screwed us, what’s your excuse? ⚜️⚜️WHO DAT⚜️⚜️

  163. nfliferfan22 says:
    January 20, 2019 at 6:39 pm
    The only thing to make up for this travesty is to watch Brady and the Pats get humiliated and shut up all those phonie New England fans who were never seen prior to 2000

    How did that work out for you.

  164. seahawks19081 says:
    January 20, 2019 at 7:09 pm
    Vikings fans really hold on to things don’t they?
    ***************

    That’s nothing. Viking fans still egg Kerry Collins house every year for hanging 41 points on them, while the Giants Defense shut them out in the 2001 Championship game.
    Yeah, that’s no typo, Kerry Freaking Collins.
    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!

  165. This may be the beginning where more monitoring and decisions will be made from the luxury offices of Manhattan. This will make the NFL even more unwatchable as we wait for calls to the game are made which will lengthen the game with more interruptions. Every play will be watched from all angles until the next play is made and more penalties will be called. They say that a penalty is made on most plays because the refs can’t watch all 22 players at once. There were many bad penalties or non-called penalties in yesterday. Reviewing plays usually got it right but non-called penalties aren’t reviewed which might change in the future. Boo to the refs who didn’t see this penalty. Why they didn’t see it is a mystery? Refs should be fined for this (another way for the NFL to make more money). I wasn’t pulling for either team and this killed the enjoyment of a good gamel

  166. It’s legal to bet on NFL games. We all know who the officials laid down a few shekels on in that Saints / Rams game.

  167. Here’s the truth — the biggest story out of that Saints / Rams game is the officials not calling the most obvious pass interference call in the history of the game.
    That is what is wrong here.

  168. Rule 17 allows commissioners to essentially replay the game starting at the point of the obvious foul, but too much chaos would unfold. Can we possibly use replay in last 2 minutes of each half to overturn call on field? (Cue angry mob of comments)

  169. Studying the play, we find that the side angle shows the ball arriving essentially at the same time as defender, just as was initially claimed; all of the broadcast angles were from the sideline perspective, behind the players, which makes the play look egregious but does not properly account for the position of the ball at the point of player impact.

    Bottom line, the call is not nearly as clear-cut from this other perspective– the perspective from the side, rather than behind.

    No one has the guts, apparently, to truly assess the play and call this for what it was– a bang bang play that in real time was very close.

  170. It was a horrible non-call. The L.A. corner himself admitted it was interference. Let’s not forget the helmet to helmet. Bottom line the Rams will always be a tainted NFC Champion in my opinion.

  171. I know I’m a salty Vikings fan but this is poetic justice to so many of us across the country lol. The Phantom PI call in the 2009 NFCCG against Ben Leber when he never touched the receiver on 3rd down that put them in FG position to win the game stands equal to this non-call in my eyes.

  172. Why are their still refs on the field? They get it wrong all the time and then the “replay” doubles down and gets it wrong also. The replay officials who get it wrong should be terminated immediately, no second chances. Add a few more cameras, one on each side locked on the line to call illegal line play, and one that tracks the ball,
    like the puck in hockey.

  173. nfliferfan22 says:
    January 20, 2019 at 6:39 pm
    The only thing to make up for this travesty is to watch Brady and the Pats get humiliated and shut up all those phonie New England fans who were never seen prior to 2000
    **********************

    How did that work out for you? I’m wondering, just asking for a friend…

  174. Clearly the Saints benefited from a False PI call just before losing because of a lack of PI call.

    The solution is simple and clear and it WILL happen because, spoiled brats, the NFL has the best referees of any game. If you don’t think so try watching basketball or soccer. Between instant replay, NY reviews, and ex-head-refs as sportscasters, the league does a tremendous job of fixing game-play due to infractions. They will definitely change rules next year like they do EVERY year. This is the obvious one:

    Pass Interference becomes reviewable.

    That wasn’t so hard was it? And it’s obvious. A bad PI call can net a team “the length of the field” and lose the other team just as many yards. That’s a potential false gain and loss of 200 yards. How the F this is not reviewable today is a great question but the answer lies in trying to keep the game watchable while doing their best to officiate well. And generally… they do.

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