Published: Sun, January 27, 2019
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Rams-Saints rematch would mean pricey Super Bowl delay

Rams-Saints rematch would mean pricey Super Bowl delay

Tommylee Lewis of the Saints drops a pass broken up by Nickell Robey-Coleman of the Rams during the fourth quarter in the NFC Championship game. "So, a tough one to swallow", Saints head coach Sean Payton later told the media. Council members say the blown call cost the city sales tax revenues and since there was also helmet-to-helmet contact, the National Football League is failing in its effort to ensure player safety.

The Rams won 26-23 in overtime to advance to Super Bowl LIII, where they will face the New England Patriots on February 3 in Atlanta.

Officials kept the flags in their pockets despite two of them being within earshot of Robey-Coleman's hit, and despite the cornerback himself admitting that he tried to take an intentional pass interference flag in order to prevent an easy touchdown for Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis. Instead, the Rams are going to their first Super Bowl in 17 years after they drove for a tying field goal and an overtime victor. Several believe it may have been one of the worst missed calls in National Football League history, with Vinovich, and his curt reponses to the postgame pool interview receiving a lot of scrutiny.

The news is interesting because the fine is a result of a very controversial non-call that came late in Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

'The State of Louisiana is outraged because of what happened in the Superdome last Sunday, ' Cassidy said while standing in front of a placard featuring the New Orleans Times-Picayune's Monday-morning headline: 'Reffing unbelievable'.

Robey-Coleman not-so-subtly admitted he expected to see a flag after the play.

'From the locker room to Park Ave, accountability is what makes our league great. Had the Rams been penalized, the Saints would have had a fresh set of downs and the chance of running down the clock before attempting to score again. That Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn't put himself in front of this isn't completely surprising, given Goodell's epic inability to understand the value of public relations, but it's still a black eye for the league.

"I talked to coach and he just told me to move on and we're thinking about New England and the Super Bowl coming up".

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