"I don't know if there was ever more obvious pass interference", Payton said after the game, according to USA Today.
It probably doesn't help the UFC heavyweight champion to hear that the defender on the play, Nickell Robey-Coleman, flat-out said "hell yeah" he committed pass interference on the play. "The defense played the way they did to force it to overtime".
They would have taken knees or run straight up the middle until there was minimal time on the clock, called timeout and let Wil Lutz kick a field goal to win. Nearly certainly not. The NFL would burn to the ground if Goodell actually flexed his muscles in this situation and pulled the Rams out of the Super Bowl.
"But for a game as important as the NFC (National Football Conference) championship, it sickens me to know that the people who are assigned to fairly officiate the game seemingly had no regard for not only a risky penalty but one that would certainly have changed the outcome of the game, " he vented.
The Rams (15-3) will be appearing in its first Super Bowl since the 2001 season, when the "Greatest Show on Turf" was still in St. Louis.
"In light of the atrocious lack of calls during the New Orleans Saints game, we would like to extend free eye exams and glasses to any National Football League referee in need". The St. Louis Rams won the National Football League title two years before that. "You know who you are", CrystalVisionCenter tweeted after the game.
Nearly everyone inside the Superdome, including Robey-Coleman, expected a penalty.
Then a fake punt early in the second quarter gave Los Angeles its initial first down of the game. Referees failed to call what both Saints supporters and sports analysts overwhelmingly perceived as a pass interference penalty against the Rams.
New England went into the half with a 14-0 lead on the Chiefs on the road, but the home team responded immediately with a four-play, 74-yard drive that resulted in a 12-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Patrick Mahomes to tight end Travis Kelce.
Again, this is very, very, VEEEEEEERRRRRRRY unlikely to happen.
And after watching the tape of their remarkable win, the Rams had a few questions of their own for the officiating crew.
In the second series, Gurley was tackled for a 2-yard loss and on the ensuring series he dropped an open pass on third down that forced the Rams to settle for a field goal as they trailed 13-3.
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