Saints news: NFL admitted to Sean Payton that controversial missed call included both pass interference and helmet-to-helmet
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NFL admits controversial missed call in Saints vs. Rams game included both pass interference and helmet-to-helmet

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New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton says the NFL admitted that the controversial no-call against the Los Angeles Rams was not only pass interference, but also helmet-to-helmet.

The Rams picked up a 26-23 overtime victory in New Orleans, but obviously, it was the missed call late in the fourth quarter that allowed Los Angeles another opportunity to win the game.

So, after the game, Payton contacted the league office to get an explanation as to how the call was not made.

And unfortunately for Saints fans, not only did league officials admit that pass interference was missed but so was a helmet-to-helmet penalty.

From ESPN’s Mike Triplett:

“It was simple. They blew the call. They said it should never have not been a call,” Payton said of the explanation he received. “They said not only was it interference, it was helmet-to-helmet. They just — they couldn’t believe it.”

This was one of those games that Payton and company will likely never forget, as it seemed like the Saints were in great shape early on.

But the Rams were able to mount their comeback, and ultimately, win the game on a 57-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein in overtime.

An apology from the NFL won’t be enough for the Saints at this point, especially considering that they were just moments away from making a return to the Super Bowl.