Sean Payton: They blew the call

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Saints head coach Sean Payton didn’t waste any time speaking to the league office about a non-call on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman for pass interference near the end of regulation in the NFC Championship Game.

Payton didn’t much like what the office had to say. At his postgame press conference, Payton said that he has never seen a more obvious pass interference call and said that NFL officiating head Al Riveron told him that the officiating crew led by referee Bill Vinovich missed the call.

“They blew the call,” Payton said. “There were a lot of opportunities, but that call makes it first-and-10 and we’d only need three plays. It was a game-changing call.”

Payton added that the Rams made the plays they needed to win and the Saints had a chance to run more clock down on their final possession. Drew Brees missed a short pass to Michael Thomas that they would probably make 9 times out of 10 and Payton could have run the ball rather than try the pass to Lewis. There was also a missed facemask call on Jared Goff earlier in the fourth quarter, so there was more than one case of shoddy work by Sunday’s crew.

One solution would be to make penalty calls reviewable and Payton’s spot on the Competition Committee gives him a chance to raise that issue this offeason. He said in his press conference that he’d hate to see that happen to any other teams, so perhaps that will be on the agenda.

94 responses to “Sean Payton: They blew the call

  1. He may hate to see it happen to another team but there are alot of people who are glad it happened to his. When you get banned for a year and hire a criminal as DC, sometimes things come back to haunt you.

  2. In case anyone is wondering, Goodell’s vendetta against the Saints is alive and well.

    And Drew Brees certainly does deserve an explanation. First it was the completely bogus Bountysham. Now a no call on a pass interference penalty that no one can even try to dispute.

  3. Well let’s see–last week, the Saints benefitted from a non call on obvious defensive interference on their DB against Golden Tate. The officials also whistled the Eagles Tim Jernigan for taunting when they had the Saints a 3rd and 9 from their own 7 yard line, however, when the Saints taunted, I saw no flag. And that’s not including a hold on the Saints TE on a run by Kamara in the 4th qtr.

    Tonight, I saw taunting that wasn’t called–particularly against Alvin Kamara a couple of times–Payton should have been called for unsportsmanlike conduct along the sideline for continuing to berate the official. There was a missed facemask call against Goff.

  4. I feel like the way to go would be to add a video official. If there’s someone that can see the same angles and replays as the fan and make the correct call consistently, I think while it could lead to some ticky tack penalties, it would be far better than what we have.

  5. SHOCKER, ANYONE ELSE SHOCKED THAT L. A. NEEDED THIS? CRAZY RIGHT? DID THE RAMS AND ROGER MAKE HTIS HAPPEN OR WHAT? L.A NEEDED F O W L L E R S …. AKA FANS ……. ROGER SAID , BUY A SUPERBOWL AND I WILL MAKE SIRE THAT YOU DO NOT GET ROBBED! P E R I OD

  6. The game back in 09 was ridiculous, as was this non call. It’s just the irony of it taking place in the same building. Karma? Not really, the Diggs touchdown probably was, coincidences are coincidences.

    So the refs stole your season. Sucks, huh?

    Ben Leber might feel a little vindicated, kinda. but not really.

  7. Belichick has said for years to make all calls reviewable. But, you know, the fools in New York know better, I guess.

  8. Not a fan of either team

    Refs weren’t calling anything today

    Hey Sean, how about you run the ball down there twice and make them use their timeouts.

    How about your team scores touchdowns instead of fgs. Thanks. Suck it up. You lost.

  9. For Brees/brady/ben (… and a few other QBs)…

    … live by the freebie bogus call… die by the freebie bogus call.

  10. as a Eagles Fan rooting for the Rams, the Saints got ROBBED by that Non Call. I hate to see that decide a game .

  11. Hey coach TAKE the results of the game like a man please; you have been the benefactor of many calls that went your way in your coaching career. I am glad the rams won; just like they did! BOOM

  12. Hey Rams fans…feeling pretty bold about winning that one, huh. These refs have more to do with who wins than the players.

  13. Didn’t care who won or lost but in over 50 years of watching football that (non) call was among the 2 or 3 worst I have ever seen, If you were to start officiating school tomorrow when the got the the pass interference part of the course they would show that play as Exhibit A of what pass interference is.

    The NFL should be embarrassed. I’m sure they’re not but they should be.

  14. The Saints were robbed there, that was a shocking non call.
    It’s unfortunate when it means so much.
    Hope those Refs aren’t at the Super Bowl.

  15. All that yelling for nothing. Did anyone see (after the game winning kick) the special team players run toward the end zone to pose for pictures only they were all crying?

  16. You should never depend on officials to win you a game. Makes Payton look petty. Your team didnt make enough plays over 60 minutes. Don’t put this one on the Refs your team lost.

  17. Sean the hitman Payton is upset that a single penalty went uncalled? How many did they miss in ’09?
    Didn’t the same refs im this game also miss many game extending face masks on the Saints earlier in the game too?
    Seems like selctive whining from a baby face Payton…. Skol Clap.

  18. Hey, Payton. I recommend that you refresh your memory by going on YouTube to see the 4-minute video that ESPN did on how the refs TOTALLY screwed-over the Vikings in the 2009 NFCCG.

    When you admit that the only reason why the Saints got to the 2009 Super Bowl was due to the refs’ bias or gross incompetence that benefitted the Saints, then, Payton, you’ll be allowed to complain about the refs in the 2018 NFCCG.

  19. Let’s not overlook several face mask call that was never called against the Saints!!!
    Isn’t anyone going to complain about the trophy design?!? Pathetic!!!
    Considering the NFL with the money they make and that cute cheap trophy?!? Come on Roger!!!

  20. One play doesn’t decide the game. The rams had to go into a dome (a southern team having a dome is a joke) and deal with that crowd and probably additional pumped in noise and rose to the occasion. Say what you want about the call but it’s not like the saints defense didn’t allow the rams go down the field and kick the tying field goal then win the toss in overtime and turn the ball over. Congrats to the rams, tough luck saints fans (suck it up).

  21. Saints are stupid for not running the ball and wear down the clock. Duh, kick field goal, game over. Instead they threw the ball incomplete, stops the clock. Keep whining and crying about the call. We love it. That’s what Karma brings. Years of tears. lmao

  22. That facemask the writer glossed over would have made it first and goal from about the 2. Instead the Rams kicked a field goal and tied the game. No whining from them and no mention during the game.

  23. Too bad Sean, you little weasels. No bounties this time. I’m not crying over the loss.

  24. The Rams have no business being in the superbowl. They lost and even their fans know this. They are a fraud.

  25. mysterytonite says:
    January 20, 2019 at 7:30 pm
    One play doesn’t decide the game. The rams had to go into a dome (a southern team having a dome is a joke) and deal with that crowd and probably additional pumped in noise and rose to the occasion. Say what you want about the call but it’s not like the saints defense didn’t allow the rams go down the field and kick the tying field goal then win the toss in overtime and turn the ball over. Congrats to the rams, tough luck saints fans (suck it up).

    ——————————-

    Most games are decided by a single play, not every game is a blowout. Just because they still could’ve stopped the Rams one last time didn’t mean they should’ve had to stop the Rams one last time.

    The Eagles – Saints game last week came down to a well thrown ball going through a wide receiver’s hands and landing in the DBs hands. That play goes a different way it’s most likely the Eagles and Rams today.

    And, although it’s popular to say that calls even out, they really don’t.

  26. Boo hoo. Saints and Payton always have been cry babies when things don’t got their way. They lost the game after they scored their first thirteen points. Their offense was mostly handle by the Rams defense. Saints have had many calls go their way over the years. Tuff luck you cry babies. Hope you’re 3-13 next year.

  27. Dave61548 says:
    January 20, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    In case anyone is wondering, Goodell’s vendetta against the Saints is alive and well.

    And Drew Brees certainly does deserve an explanation. First it was the completely bogus Bountysham. Now a no call on a pass interference penalty that no one can even try to dispute
    =====================

    Saint’s fan?? Lol

  28. Terrible non call, however what about the 2 times game clock was at :00 and no delay of game was called. One went for a TD on next play!

  29. Hey, Crybaby Sean, admit it was a bogus PI on Ben Leber in the 2009 OT and I might listen to your whining…..

  30. Hey, Crybaby Sean, admit it was a bad non call of roughing Bret Favre in the 2009 Championship and I might listen to your whining….

  31. Hey, Crybaby Sean, admit the Refs misseds two facemask penalities on the Rams and I might listen to your whining….

  32. Funny how Karma works..The Saints have been arrogant, smack talking, disrespecting of other teams for the last 2 years. Mocking the “Skol” vs the Vikings, calling the Eagles Frauds (even though a bunch of backups would’ve beaten them if not for a tipped ball). Then BountyGate ect…Sean has been a trash talking idiot for years. His team had benefited more then most with bad calls IN his favor…KARMA. couldn’t happen to a better team.

    The Eagles are frauds who won the Bowl last yr Sean…!!

  33. Yeah. OK. Because there has never been a blown call in the playoff before. Officiating has never taken certain victory from one team, and given it to the other team.
    Ahhhhh NFL officiating. The clown car in the multi billion dollar circus.

  34. bcreason says:
    January 20, 2019 at 7:12 pm
    This game should come with an asterisk.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Like the Aint’s “SB” win in 2009? Funny how that works huh?

  35. For all the conspiracy theory lovers…

    Back in 2009 when the Saints won over the Vikes to go to the Superbowl, the tin-foil hat theory was that the NFL wanted the Saints to go to (and win) the Superbowl because of Hurricane Katrina. For the drama and inspiration of it. I’m not a Vikings fan, but I thought a lot of the calls went in the Saints favor.

    Fast forward to today, and now there’s conspiracy theories about a clandestine plan to make sure the Rams get to the Superbowl. Because they’re back in LA in a huge market with a stadium under construction. Money to be made.

    I’m not really a believer in conspiracy theories. I’m a huge believer in human error. Maybe human fallacy is a better phrase. It’s unfortunate, but it’s part of the game. And it always will be.

    Not trying to be an apologist for the refs. They mess up plenty. But it’s almost like the sentiment for NFL refs is similar to our police force. When they’re doing they’re jobs perfectly – no one says much to praise them. But when they mess up, we all get our nooses and pitchforks out and we’re ready to crucify. I’d hate to have anybody analyze my work performance so closely. I’m willing to bet most of the posters here wouldn’t feel comfortable with that either.

  36. I keep seeing people write on here that it’s payback for bountygate, favre, etc. but the saints already got paid back for that by way of a 1 year suspension, indefinite suspension of DC, the loss of multiple picks in the following draft, etc. So are they supposed to be punished every year until the end of time? Rhetorical.

  37. Michael Hanel

    In answer to your question: “When have either refs or the police ever done something perfectly?”

    Not sure what you’re getting at. Can you clarify?

  38. kingpel says:
    Let them play. I thought the game had great flow with minimal PI and holding calls.

    ——-

    So, in other words, just not have officials in playoff games.

  39. NFL got what it wanted. Bob Kraft “White Collar Dress Shirt” against Stan Kroenke “Squirrel Head”. Imagine that both games go to OT and the officials played such a large part in the outcome. It’s all entertainment folks.

  40. The NFL obviously sees dollar signs and wanted a Pats-Rams match-up. So, a few calls were missed for the sake a a bigger TV audience and larger ad revenue. It’s a business not a sport. Right???

  41. It was a terrible no call. But about a month ago the Saints won a game due in part to a ridiculous PI call in the end zone vs the Steelers where Joe Haden never touched the receiver. And I’m sure the other 30 fanbases have their own example as well. Bottom line, PI needs to be something that is challengeable. It was only a matter of time before it was going to happen in a huge game.

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