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Watch: Saints benefit from controversial pass interference call in end zone

The New Orleans Saints appeared to catch a huge break early in their game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and it led to a touchdown on a series that probably should have ended with a turnover on downs.

Saints head coach Sean Payton opted to go for it on 4th-and-1 inside Steelers’ territory in the first quarter, and Drew Brees threw a deep ball to the end zone on what looked like a busted play. The pass sailed over running back Alvin Kamara’s head and was nearly intercepted by Pittsburgh defensive back Joe Haden. However, Haden was called for pass interference and the ball was placed at the 1-yard line.

Where was the pass interference?

In case you thought you might be missing something with that angle, here’s another:

Mark Ingram plunged into the end zone on the next play to give New Orleans an early 7-3 lead. You can’t blame the Steelers for being angry about the call, and they will almost certainly be contacting the NFL league offices about it. We’ve seen plenty of egregious missed calls this season, but that was easily one of the most unwarranted pass interference flags of the year.

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