You never want to see any game decided by the blow (or non blow) of a referee’s whistle, but you particularly don’t want to see it in a Championship game. And yet, such is the fate of the New Orleans Saints in today’s NFC Championship game, robbed absolutely stone cold blind by arguably the most egregious referee fuck-up since humans were granted eyes.
Though the Saints were largely in control of their conference-deciding clash with the Los Angeles Rams, a chance to effectively ice the game was horrifically quashed by presiding referees, who saw Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman run through New Orleans wide receiver Tommylee Lewis like he was the finishing line tape in a 100 metre sprint and somehow decided it was not a penalty for pass interference.
Seriously, look at this shit.
Old mate runs through him cleaner than a dodgy vindaloo. Un-fucken-believable that that wasn’t called.
As it turns out, that was the window the Rams needed; a last-minute field goal forced the game into overtime, and the Los Angeles side punched their ticket to the Super Bowl with a staggering 57-yard kick in extra time.
The NFL wasted no time in admitting the officials got the call wrong after the game, but that still isn’t enough to put the Saints in this year’s Super Bowl.
Fans and football personalities alike did ah… not take it well.
How about we just take pass interference calls out of the @NFL
Every P.I call from here on now will be compared to that no call
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) January 20, 2019
I want all the people that tell me to get over the #tuckrule to tell drew Bree’s and the @Saints to get over that pass interference that wasn’t called that would have most likely ended the game in a saints win. I’ll wait
— Charles Woodson (@CharlesWoodson) January 20, 2019
Imagine not allowing the Saints to get to the Super Bowl because you thought this wasn’t a penalty pic.twitter.com/cyPNmkGUiB
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) January 20, 2019
— The Ringer (@ringer) January 20, 2019
— CleWest (@erjmanlasvegas) January 21, 2019
Referee on that play pic.twitter.com/x5pJzdG4w7
— Peter Jennings (@CSURAM88) January 20, 2019
“nah that wasn’t pass interference” pic.twitter.com/7dcm6PmiEG
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) January 20, 2019
Goff burying Brees and the Saints season. pic.twitter.com/jQHWj9UBtN
— Trash Talk NFL (@TrashTalkNFL) January 21, 2019
And then there’s this, which just about sums up the sentiment in the city right now as it struggles to comprehend just what in the blue hell happened.
THIS JUST IN: On the Pontchartrain Causeway… pic.twitter.com/32LNrYw28b
— WWL-TV (@WWLTV) January 20, 2019
Sorry folks. You win some, you lose some, you get horribly, horribly robbed some. That’s sport for you.
The Los Angeles Rams will now play the winner of the AFC Championship game between New England and Kansas City in this year’s Super Bowl.