Saints coach says NFL admitted refs 'blew the call' by not penalizing the Rams for pass interference

Mail Online | 1/20/2019 | Associated Press; Reporter
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The New Orleans Saints were the victims of a blown pass interference call on Sunday that likely would have enabled them to punch a ticket to the Super Bowl.

Instead, it was the Los Angeles Rams who emerged victorious in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday in New Orleans.

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The Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints with Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal in overtime for a 26-23 victory in the NFC championship game - an outcome that might not have been possible without an egregious mistake by the officials in the closing minutes of regulation time.

The key moment in the game was when Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman committed a blatant interference penalty with a helmet-to-helmet hit inside the five, forcing the Saints to settle for Wil Lutz's 31-yard field goal that made it 23-20 with 1:45 left.

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That was enough time for Jared Goff to lead the Rams down the field for Zuerlein's tying field goal, a 48-yarder with 15 seconds remaining.

New Orleans won the coin toss and got the ball first in the extra period, but, with a Rams defender in his face, Drew Brees fluttered up a pass that was picked off by John Johnson III, who was able to hang on to the interception while stumbling backward.

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Johnson hopped up and celebrated by doing with the 'Choppa Style' dance popularised by New Orleans rapper Choppa, whose namesake song had become a Saints' rallying cry and was even performed during the halftime show.

The Rams weren't able to do much offensively, but it didn't matter. Zuerlein booted through the winning field goal from just inside midfield with plenty of room to spare.

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Sean Payton said after the game that the NFL head of officiating admitted to him that the referees blew the call, according to ESPN.

Payton said he and his...
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