Michael Brockers isn’t sure whether he tipped the pass

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Did he or didn’t he?

Even Michael Brockers isn’t sure whether he tipped the ball on the infamous play in the NFC Championship Game.

“Not sure. Not sure,” the Rams defensive lineman said. “From the angle the ref had, it might have looked like that for sure.”

That means, chances are, Brockers didn’t touch the ball on the play Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman got away with pass interference as well as a hit on a defenseless receiver. Robey-Coleman was “adamant” last week that someone told him Brockers had tipped the fateful pass, which would have negated the pass interference but not the hit on a defenseless receiver.

Brockers did, however, feel as if took a hands to the face from Saints offensive lineman Andrus Peat on the play.

A photo of the play appears to show Peat with his hands in Brockers’ facemask.

“A bunch of times,” Brockers said. “But that was a playoff game. There’s some stuff that happens that the refs are going to let you play it out. So I just thought it was that type of game.”

Penalties on Peat and Robey-Coleman would have offset.

The Rams, though, are tired of questions about the play. Now that they have moved on, they want everyone else to do the same.

“Yeah,” Brockers said. “Now that we’re in this point, we’re in the Super Bowl, it’s kind of like, ‘Let it go.’ But you consistently hear people talk about, ‘Maybe they should play the game again and stuff like that.’ It’s like, ‘Ah, that’s ridiculous.'”

55 responses to “Michael Brockers isn’t sure whether he tipped the pass

  1. Saints fans, whom we used to respect but don’t anymore, are ignoring holding non-calls, facemask non-calls, an intentional-stomping-on-Jared-Goff’s-arm non-call (approx 2 seconds after the non-call facemask; watch the replay, it’s clear as day), possible tipped ball, anything and everything, to proclaim that their version of reality is the only correct one, and that the Halas Trophy should just be yanked out of the Rams’ hands and placed lovingly into their own hands with no further ado. Just like 2009 when the Saints yanked the game out of the Vikings’ hands with multiple non-called roughing-the-passer calls. Well, Saints fans, we’re not “feeling it” for you anymore, and by the way, we’re having a great time rooting for our team to win the Super Bowl*. Hah.

  2. This game can’t get here fast enough for the next bad call to happen and we forget how whiny these 2 weeks were

  3. computojon says:
    January 28, 2019 at 8:51 pm
    Saints fans, whom we used to respect but don’t anymore, are ignoring holding non-calls, facemask non-calls, an intentional-stomping-on-Jared-Goff’s-arm non-call (approx 2 seconds after the non-call facemask; watch the replay, it’s clear as day), possible tipped ball, anything and everything, to proclaim that their version of reality is the only correct one, and that the Halas Trophy should just be yanked out of the Rams’ hands and placed lovingly into their own hands with no further ado. Just like 2009 when the Saints yanked the game out of the Vikings’ hands with multiple non-called roughing-the-passer calls. Well, Saints fans, we’re not “feeling it” for you anymore, and by the way, we’re having a great time rooting for our team to win the Super Bowl*. Hah.
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    I will attempt to respond to this ridiculous and uneducated post – first, yes their were missed calls against the Saints, and MANY against the Rams like a blow to the head on the interception in OT, or pass interference on the DB guarding Tedd Ginn on a 3rd down in the fourth quarter… and the list goes on. The problem with this is that NONE of the missed calls were in complete open space where NO ONE could argue and there were two penalties on the same play with 3 referees staring at the play. On to 2009 – in the NFC championship game there were 15 penalties called in regulation, 11 against the Saints and 4 against the Vikings. There were clear missed penalties against the Vikings as well. For example Ray Edwards grinding Drew Brees on an obvious roughing and Pat Williams lined up in the neutral zone on a 3rd and short in the second quarter. The thing that nobody can answer who says that the Saints were “gifted” the Superbowl is why wouldn’t the NFL have “gifted” them the game in 2006, the year after Katrina, when they made it to the NFC Championship? Additionally they had to win another game the next week. No one questions the validity of that game. And lastly, in 2009 there were no referees who lived anywhere near New Orleans… AND in this case of 2019 most people, other than the people who post on here, who aren’t from NO, Minnesota, or LA believe the Saints got jobbed.

  4. If the film clearly shows an uncalled hands to the face on the Robey-Coleman play, then case closed. Move on.
    Just like the Viking fans need to move on.

  5. Not a dog in the fight but I wonder if any fan base cares whether or not other fans respect them. Pretty funny to think that. What also is interesting is people think saints fans are the ones asking these questions or bringing this up. A lot of fanbases are outraged by what happened. It was horrible and embarrassing. Should the saints and their fans move on? Yes. Should they get over it? How could they? Its pretty unintelligent to think they even should. The wrong team is in the super bowl. Amazing how people think the saints fans are at the media days asking the rams questions. And, to the subject of whether the pass was tipped. Comical to think it was. Not even very close to be honest. Watch the ball and use common sense if you have any.

  6. Still no dog in the fight but its is embarrassing that rams fans are going on about the “calls” that happened during the game. There were multiple calls that werent called on the rams on top of the most ridiculous non call in the history of the game. The int in overtime was a hit to the head of the qb. The series before the non call on lewis there was a blown pass interference call which would of given the saints ball in rams territory and a first down. There were some missed calls on both sides. Rams fans and their players are doing anything to feel justified in being there.

  7. I miss the Aint’s. At least ‘they’ understood the outcome of a game and, knew it would never be replayed.

  8. I am just curious….there was so much blather here from the host about the horrible non call but nothing on the the other missed calls on the same play. When you watch the film it is clear as day that Donald has his face mask grabbed as he rushed the passer in plain view before the ball is ever thrown. Where is the outrage? The lawsuit?

  9. SWFLPC.INC says:
    January 28, 2019 at 8:52 pm
    Well if he did then it’s not Pass Interference…..right?

    So the Rams really did win….right?

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    What if he didn’t? Rams didn’t really win, right?

    No one ever said the ball was tipped except “supposedly” a ref told Robey-Coleman. If that was true, doesn’t the ref usually run out doing the tipped ball signal or announce there isn’t a penalty because ball was tipped? Instead they just pretended that it never happened.

    I think that’s the worst part about this. I’m not even a Saints fan. Goodell and the NFL front office needs to be transparent instead of trying to play PR with this. At least admit it and give the usual bogus statement that the refs in question will receive additional training or something. Nope. They’re just sitting quiet, probably hoping the SB will make this go away.

  10. Wether he did or did not tip the pass is irrelevant! There is still the helmet-to-helmet hit which the league has admitted by fining Robey-Coleman. Williams, Florio and other league mouthpieces should stop trying to cover up for the league. The NFL screwed up in all ways possible. The only thing worse that the screw up is the attempted cover up.

  11. I don’t have a dog in this fight, but 8 days later this comes out? This smacks of gaslighting more than it does that a Ram touched the ball. Even if so, usually an official gives the tipped ball signal on the field- you see D backs do it too sometimes or the guy who tipped it but none of that happened.

    As for the whataboutism of Rams fan or Saints hater saying this call or that call was missed in the trenches; you’re right about those things happening, to benefit the Rams in some cases and the Saints in others. On the call in question, it seems the only people who didn’t see PI were the refs which isn’t the case of the calls and non calls above. No one caught the ‘touched ball’ on video? Unlikely.

  12. Rams are eating this stuff up like chicken wings at a hot sauce expo!

    I love it.

    The Patriots are gonna feel like that team, back in 85-86 Super Bowl!

    🙂

    For all of those Patriots fans since 2000, do your homework!

  13. Saints got robbed but it is not like the field goal at the buzzer is automatic, so no way to say they would have won for sure if the call was made. Vinitari missed a 20 something yarder a week earlier and he is the poster child for clutch kickers in the playoffs. Blair Walsh obviously showed kickers can choke even on easy kicks against the Seahawks in playoffs. Morton Anderson didn’t miss a kick all season and missed a winner for the Vikings before that. So the Saints were not 100% guaranteed a win if the call was made.

  14. Was it non-calls that yanked the Vikings win out from underneath them, or was it three fumbles, two interceptions, and a 12 men in the huddle penalty that cost them? Btw, there were about seven other non-calls on the Rams, too. But those don’t count for you, do they? Lame @$$ hypocrites.

  15. Helmet to helmet.
    Not debatable.
    NFL has fined Coleman for that infraction.
    Therefore:
    Penalty should have been called.
    And what about the helmet to helmet hit from the Rams’ Littleton on the Saints TE Josh Hill that knocked him out of the game with a concussion in the 1st Quarter ..like the helmet to helmet hit that the Rams Blake Countess gave The Saints TE Coby Fleener last Season that ended Fleeners career.

  16. 1st it was tipped, then it was a simultaneous hit, now back to tip and offensive penalty to the face. Whatever conclusion you come up with tape don’t lie. If it was a hand to the face at the very least, that will still leave the ball with the saints with another down instead of 4th. Oh bye the way it was no hand to the face. The NFL is fixed. Think about it a snow blower on the field, the tuck rule, what is a catch, and the phantom roughing the passer…. The NFL been pissed at the saints every since the so call bounty gate. If you go back a little further than that game you will hear about praises they did in documentary where Reggie white was offering money.

  17. I was at the Eagles-Saints game in New Orleans. Honestly, fans were as cool as could be. Only time I’ve ever left an opposing stadium (losing even!) and shook hands with fans around me. One could say that the NO fans deserve the Super Bowl more than the fair weather fans of LA So I can feel bad for them but man oh man oh man I’m so happy Payton isn’t in the Super Bowl. He’s a crumb.

  18. I remember back in 82 a spectacular backyard football game. We would have won but the defense rushed on 2 Mississippi instead of 3 Mississippi. I want a do over!!!! Waaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!

  19. maybe it’s not on to the Super Bowl. Pending litigation in Federal Court. Wouldn’t it be funny if a judge put a hold on the big game?

  20. Just look at the roughing the passer call that wasn’t called on the Brees interception. Much worst non-call than the non-call facemask.

    On the “tipped ball” issue, there’s an angle that shows Brockers hand never came close to the ball.

    Refs cheated, simple as that.

  21. Unfortunately, we all know this ain’t going away. Vikings fans hope that the ’09 Title Game crew chief has a long and healthy retirement. Maybe he’s seeing what happens when a ref let’s himself get emotionally caught up in a game’s outcome, as it did with him after Katrina. Things are even for the Saints. Do it next year.

  22. I’m sure the Saint and their fans frustrations are still rooted in that game they blew in shocking fashion to the Vikings last year. They worked so hard at redemption only to fall short in overtime again. It must be maddening.

  23. He did not tip it. I know it, he knows it, everyone knows it. This continues head burying is embarrassing for the Rams and it’s fanbase who desperately wants their team to be recognized as a legitimate Superbowl team. I’m sorry that NFL officiating has robbed your team of something you’ll never have.

  24. Watching the SB highlights marathon on NFL network. I forgot how the refs so blatantly screwed the Seahawks out of that SB against the Steelers. Saints fans you’ll get over it.

  25. Saints cheat don’t get caught, say nothing. a call goes against them, they open law suits. They deserve it. Hope it stings, hope it burns.

  26. Regardless of the spin the media, the league, and Rams faithful put on the infamous “non-call”, it still sullies the “win” the Rams posted against the Saints. This Super Bowl will forever be known as the “Bogus Bowl” as one team got in on a blatant illegal hit and obvious PI. Regardless of which team you support, fair should be fair…and this SB is a travesty to most loyal fans. Geaux Patriots!

  27. brees4mvp says:
    January 29, 2019 at 6:38 am
    This continues head burying is embarrassing for the Rams and it’s fanbase who desperately wants their team to be recognized as a legitimate Superbowl team. I

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    Here is the thing. The Rams ARE the legitimate SB team. That is why THE RAMS are playing next Sunday

  28. Only a minion of Goodell would suggest the ball was tipped.

    Goodell is a known liar and cheat and every person who desires to save the NFL from even more blatant corruption should show up and protest Goodell.

    It would not surprise me if another bogus call/no-call shows up in this SB that benefits the Rams. Goodell desperately tried to get a KC vs Rams SB but the Patriots continue to stand in the way of Goodell’s Parity Agenda = Fixed Games

  29. leroyjr907 says:
    January 28, 2019 at 11:01 pm

    Saints got robbed but it is not like the field goal at the buzzer is automatic, so no way to say they would have won for sure if the call was made. Vinitari missed a 20 something yarder a week earlier and he is the poster child for clutch kickers in the playoffs. Blair Walsh obviously showed kickers can choke even on easy kicks against the Seahawks in playoffs. Morton Anderson didn’t miss a kick all season and missed a winner for the Vikings before that. So the Saints were not 100% guaranteed a win if the call was made.
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    Be that as it may, I would have still preferred Lutz have the chance to make the FG that he is 100% on for his career at that distance, to put the Saints up with ~10 seconds left.

  30. The ball was not tipped. I’m a Rams fan, and I fully admit that. Sure, the one angle makes it look very close. But other angles show clear distance between Brockers’ hand and the ball. And yes, it was clear PI, a very bad no call. But it wasn’t the only bad no-call in the game. Both teams benefited from no-calls throughout the game, at crucial moments in the game, and on that one play.

    To suggest that this is the “Bogus Bowl”, or that the game is illegitimate, is absolutely ridiculous. The Rams won the NFC Championship, and will now play the Patriots in the Super Bowl. It’s time for both the fans and the media to accept that, move on, and enjoy this week and the game. Hopefully they will, as we are now past team media day.

  31. The 09 SB was bogus and the Saints will always be remembered as bounty gate, nothing more. Bigger cheaters than the Patriots. How is that even possible?

  32. It was a bad call. But one call doesn’t determine a game. The Saints had a great chance to win the game. I mean in the Dome, Drew Brees with the ball, all the time in the world, and he throws an interception. At the end of the day if Brees goes and scores a TD this game is over. Had the call been made correctly the game is far less likely to go to overtime, but the Saints got the ball first in OT giving them a much higher chance of winning and they blew it. That call didn’t decide the game; Brees interception lost the game.

  33. Not a Saints fan, & that was an outrageously blow call. However, I saw someone say right after it happened that Saints’ fans would moan so much about it eventually you would be glad they got screwed. Welp! I’m there!

    It was a BAD missed call, really bad. But c’mon. Let it go. You want to replay the game? Lol. You want to question Goodell in front of Congress? OMG! Everyone agrees they got screwed, so stop telling us how much you got screwed.

  34. brees4mvp says:
    January 29, 2019 at 6:38 am
    This continues head burying is embarrassing for the Rams and it’s fanbase who desperately wants their team to be recognized as a legitimate Superbowl team. I

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    They are legitimate. The Saints fans are embarrassing themselves. It was a BAD missed call, but it wasn’t the only bad missed call. The Rams came through in the clutch, the Saints didn’t.

  35. The FBI should raid the NY/NFL office, all texts, all emails, all phone records and subpeona Refs as well.

    Then everyone will know the Truth and the Truth will set the NFL Free………

  36. If the shoe was on the other foot I am sure ALL 133 of the “True” Rams Fans and fans of the other 30 NFL Franchises would just forget and move on as well. NOT

  37. Agreed, Fowler hitting Brees in the head clear as day on the OT pick was also a hilarious non-call. As was Robey-Coleman’s very obvious PI that took away a Saints first down on the Rams 40 at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Most non-partisans will agree the Saints got screwed.

    All that said, you win some and lose some. The Rams players played hard, they dont ref the game, I dont blame them. The score is the score and the game is over, the Rams were good enough to take advantage. Good for them.

    savethebs says:
    January 29, 2019 at 10:44 am

    brees4mvp says:
    January 29, 2019 at 6:38 am
    This continues head burying is embarrassing for the Rams and it’s fanbase who desperately wants their team to be recognized as a legitimate Superbowl team. I

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    They are legitimate. The Saints fans are embarrassing themselves. It was a BAD missed call, but it wasn’t the only bad missed call. The Rams came through in the clutch, the Saints didn’t.

  38. I find it hilarious that in a sport with 50+ camera’s honing in on every single play and that shows us a half a dozen replays of every play they(NFL) are reduced to trying to play the “human error” card! And please let the NFL stop pretending that they are trying to get it right, we see on a weekly basis that this isn’t even close to being true!

    With that I’ll just say what I’ve been saying for over a decade, football isn’t a game that was meant to be officiated with a microscope at 20,000 frames per second, PERIOD!!! Doing so just magnifies those mistakes that do slip through.

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