Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman admitted he committed a penalty on a controversial no-call in his team's 26–23 win over the Saints in the NFC Championship on Sunday.
"Yes, I got there too early," he said, according to Sports Illustrated's Robert Klemko. "I was beat, and I was trying to save the touchdown."
Washington Post reporter Adam Kilgore showed the play to Robey-Coleman, who hadn't yet seen it.
"Oh, hell yeah," he said, according to Kilgore. "That was PI [pass interference]."
Kilgore reported that Robey-Coleman gave a breakdown of why and how it was a smart play.
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 Robey-Coleman appeared to interfere.
The Saints settled for a field goal to make the score 23–20 and gave Los Angeles one last drive attempt. The Rams tied up the game with a field goal to force overtime. Los Angeles sealed the win with a 57-yard field goal from Greg Zuerlein.
The Rams will face the winner of the AFC Championship in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.