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NFL will consider making pass interference calls reviewable

Roger Goodell

The NFL is reportedly thinking of the possibility of making a revision on a rule following the controversial missed pass interference call in the crucial moments of Sunday’s NFL Championship Game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints, per Mark Maske of The Washington Post.

“It will be discussed at length along with additional fouls that coaches feel should be subject to review,” one person familiar with the league’s inner workings said Monday, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the ongoing public furor over the botched call in New Orleans.

A high-ranking official with one NFL team confirmed that making pass interference reviewable will be considered, adding: “And there will be discussion on [replay] review of calls and non-calls.”

By now, most fans of the NFL knew what happened in the heavily scrutinized play in the said game.

With the game tied at 20 with just under two minutes left in regulation, Saints quarterback Drew Brees fired a pass to wide receiver Tommylee Lewis, who was unable to complete the reception because Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman hit him before Lewis even got a chance to catch the football. At that point, the Saints were expecting a flag to be thrown on the field by any of the game’s officials, but failed to get any action from the referees.

The Saints opted to kick a field goal instead after that play, leaving the Rams with just enough time to score on the other end of the field via a field goal to force overtime and win the game, 26-23.

The Saints could have benefited from a review of the play, but unfortunately, the play was not reviewable according to the current NFL rule book. But at least there’s a possibility of a rule change.

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