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Friday, August 23, 2019

Saints’ Michael Thomas embraces obscure rule that would overturn Rams’ win

Michael Thomas

The New Orleans Saints are having a hard time accepting the results of Sunday’s NFC Championship game in light of the bad call that cost the team a trip to the Super Bowl. One player is feeling so robbed, in fact, that he’s embracing an obscure league rule that would allow the result to be overturned.

ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio pointed out that Rule 17, Section 2, Article 1 of the NFL rulebook allows commissioner Roger Goodell to take “corrective measures” if an event happens in a game that is so “extraordinarily unfair” that it impacts the result. Article 3 of the same rule allows Goodell to either reverse the outcome or replay the game from the point of the extraordinary event. That means that, in theory, Goodell could order the NFC Championship replayed from the point of Rams defender Nickell Robey-Coleman’s uncalled pass interference.

Clearly, Saints receiver Michael Thomas was reading that story, because he was calling for Goodell to exercise that power early Monday morning.

To be clear, the chances of Goodell taking this action are non-existent for a whole variety of reasons. What will happen instead is a public acknowledgement of the bad call and the NFL will move on to focus on the Super Bowl, even if the city of New Orleans won’t.

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