NFC championship ’do-over’ lawsuit moved to federal court

Arnold Nichols
January 29, 2019

Four days after the New Orleans Saints missed out on a likely Super Bowl appearance due to a missed call, tight end Benjamin Watson tweeted a message to National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell, questioning his silence on the subject.

Schefter pointed out that the four were the ones most responsible for the non-call on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman's early, helmet-to-helmet hit on Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis.

The no-call at the Superdome quickly garnered national attention as fans and pundits alike accused the referees and the NFL of "robbing" the Saints of a trip to the Super Bowl.

The call cost them but if the Saints could have taken care of business during overtime this wouldn't even be a talking point. NFL's head of officials, Alberto Riveron, admitted to Saints coach Sean Payton that the referee "had messed up" the call.

"And, because the officials on the field are humans, like the players and coaches, errors will happen", court papers said.

Had a penalty been called, the Saints would have had the ball in field-goal range and a first down, with the ability to conceivably run down the clock before attempting a potential game-winning field goal. As a result, conspiracy theorists and fans alike have been popping up, demanding Roger Goodell invoke a rarely known rulebook and overturn the outcome of the game.

Six days before the Super Bowl, the court battle has begun in a longshot lawsuit seeking a possible do-over of the NFC game that ended with a Los Angeles Rams victory over the New Orleans Saints, a game affected by what the National Football League concedes was a blown "no-call" by officials.

Saints fans, however, will take this information and run with it.

BYU went on to win the game, 71-66. They knew they missed the call.

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