A play late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s NFC Championship game is making headlines, but not for good reason.
The play looks as if it is going to go down as one of the most ghastly errors by an official in recent history!
The play: The Saints called a pass play on a third-and-10 at the Rams’ 13-yard line with 1:49 left in the fourth quarter of a tie game. Drew Brees threw a pass toward Lewis up the right sideline. Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman delivered a big hit on Lewis, long before the ball arrived, knocking the running back to the ground.
As a result, it was an obvious case of pass interference, and had it been called so, it would have given the Saints a new set of downs and would have given them the opportunity to likely run the clock down before kicking the game-winning field goal in the final seconds.
Instead, the Saints had to kick their field goal with 1:45 left in the game. The Rams answered with a 45-yard drive and a field goal to tie the game and send it to overtime.
The officials missed a big one and as you can guess social media has had a field day with the blown call, here are some of our favorites:
That no call wasn't playoff officiating. That was bad officiating. Really bad.
— Tedy Bruschi (@TedyBruschi) January 20, 2019
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Yo, that was a terrible call by the refs! #whodat #Saints #NFL #defense #neworleans #losangeles #birdbox #larams #ramsnation #saintsgameday #Football #quarterback #drewbrees #superbowl #kcchiefs #nepatriots #patriots #chiefs #vincelombardi #champs @bleacherreport @shannonsharpe84 #jaredgoff @vonmiller #passinterference #tagsomeone #damn
Rams eventually won in overtime, it was a non-call that can be described as one that cost the Saints a trip to the Super Bowl. For the NFL, it was as bad as it possibly could have been.
After the game, Saints head coach Sean Payton said that the league admitted to him that it was a blown call.