Referees appeared to miss a blatant pass interference call late in the NFC Championship featuring the Saints and Rams on Sunday.
Referees appeared to miss a blatant pass interference call late in the Rams' 26–23 win over the Saints in the NFC Championship on Sunday.
The no-call came with under two minutes left in the game with the Saints on the Rams 13-yard line. On a third-and-10 situation, quarterback Drew Brees threw an incomplete pass to Tommylee Lewis. But the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman appeared to interfere.
Saints coach Sean Payton told reporters after the game that the league called him to confirm that the referees did in fact miss the pass interference call.
Bill Vinovich, head of Sunday's officiating crew, told a reporter that he did not see the play and had not yet reviewed it. He said it was a "judgement call by the official" and said that the timing of the game did not impact the ruling.
The Saints had settled for a field goal to make the score 23–20 and gave Los Angeles one last drive attempt. The Rams then tied up the game with a field goal with 15 seconds to play. The game then went to overtime and Los Angeles sealed it with a 57-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein.
Several NFL players and writers criticized the no-call on Twitter.
Worst no-call of 2018 season.— Peter King (@peter_king) January 20, 2019
There needs to be some form of accountability. NEEDS to be.— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 20, 2019
That honestly might've been both pass interference AND the helmet rule.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 20, 2019
If I were the Saints I would commit blatant penalties on every play in OT and dare the refs to say something.— Kevin Clark (@bykevinclark) January 20, 2019
Wow that's a horrific no-call.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 20, 2019
The Rams will face the AFC Championship winner in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.