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#pounditTuesday, November 28, 2023

Referees also missed several penalty calls that hurt Rams

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The NFL is never going to live down the missed pass interference call on Nickell Robey-Coleman that essentially cost the New Orleans Saints a Super Bowl appearance. They shouldn’t. But what will be talked about much less is how the Saints also benefited from multiple missed calls by the officials at other points in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday.

There was a visible facemask on Jared Goff on second-and-goal late in the game with the Saints up 20-17. Had that been called, the Rams would have had first-and-goal and a very good shot to go up 24-20.

Other missed calls included a facemask committed by the Saints against Rams receiver Brandin Cooks, and a delay of game that preceded a Saints touchdown in the third quarter.

Because those calls were not made and the game was were it was, everyone will focus on what cost the Saints. Heck, even the NFL admitted they blew the call.

But like Sean McVay said after the game, the referees were letting the players play and compete. It was a physical game where a lot of calls were missed. The blown call, as bad as it was, was part of the give-and-take that so many fans will overlook.


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