Referees miss obvious pass interference call on crucial New Orleans Saints drive
The New Orleans Saints and Los Angles Rams went to overtime in the NFC Championship Game, and there will be lots of Saints fans blaming the refs for the loss in that overtime period. With the Super Bowl on the line, the entire city of New Orleans screamed for a flag.
On third down and 10 inside the Rams’ red zone, Brees sent a pass towards the right sideline intended for wide receiver Tommylee Lewis. We’ll never know if Lewis would have caught it, short of the first down, because Los Angeles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman clearly hit him early. But for some reason, no flags were thrown.
NO FLAG??? WHAT A JOKE. pic.twitter.com/sxrCsBP2cq
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) January 20, 2019
The correct call of pass interference would have given the Saints a fresh set of downs, and with time winding down, New Orleans could have prevented Los Angles from getting the ball back. Instead, the Saints had to bring out Will Lutz, who put them up three.
The Rams had more than enough time to answer in kind. Sean McVay, Jared Goff, and the Rams were able to march down the field and kicker Greg Zuerlein made the kick. The Saints got the ball back with nearly no time left and the game went to overtime.
Lewis had been used almost exclusively as a punt returner until today, and the biggest play of his career so far has been him getting no-called.
Robey-Coleman is in his second season with the Rams. During the regular season he had four pass deflections and one interception.
Zuerlein nailed the game-winner in overtime after a costly interception thrown by Drew Brees.