27 January, 2019
A referee watches as Tommylee Lewis #11 of the New Orleans Saints drops a pass broken up by Nickell Robey-Coleman #23 of the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
After the game, National Football League officials told Saints coach Sean Payton the call had been botched and Robey-Coleman admitted he should have been whistled for pass interference.
Robey-Coleman confirmed he received a fine from the NFL on Friday, essentially a tacit acknowledgement by the league that a penalty should have been called.
Saints head coach Sean Payton has said a league official admitted to him immediately after the game that both penalties should have been called on the play. Robey-Coleman came over and obliterated Lewis with a vicious hit just before the ball arrived.
Bill Vinovich was in town to officiate Thursday's game, a name that may ring familiar with fans of NFL football and a name that won't soon be forgotten by heart-broken fans of the New Orleans Saints. It has been pointed out that the referee who missed the call lives in Los Angeles.
The explanation given to Payton, the source said, was that it's a call that officials should make.
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"It's gonna take me awhile to get over that", Rep. Steve Scalise, also of Louisiana, said in reference to the same no-call.
"The Super Bowl, the NFL's premiere event, is a carefully planned and enormously expensive undertaking, with preparations carefully sequenced", from logistics to producing a "full-blown music concert at halftime", Siclare wrote.
The Saints' now-infamous no-call saga continues. 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.
With the league refusing to release a statement on the matter, that should make things interesting for next week, when Roger Goodell is scheduled to meet with the media for his annual Super Bowl week press conference (Jan. 30). "That's the way the game has been played for a long time".
"We've been calling for - players, coaches, fans - for replays for pass interference calls anyway".