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Sean Payton says he was told by NFL that referees blew PI call

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The NFL knows they got a call wrong that kept the New Orleans Saints from reaching the Super Bowl.

Saints head coach Sean Payton said after his team lost 26-23 in overtime to the Los Angeles Rams that he had spoken with the NFL and was told the referees blew the call on a pass interference late in regulation.

Nickell Robey-Coleman hit Tommylee Lewis early and in the head on a third down play with under two minutes to go in a 20-20 game. He should have been penalized for both pass interference and an illegal hit to the head of a defenseless player. Instead, nothing was called, which brought up fourth down.

Wil Lutz kicked a field goal to give the Saints the lead, but the Rams were able to tie it and send it to overtime.

Had a penalty been correctly called, the Saints would have gotten a fresh set of downs and been able to run down the clock and kick to win the game with no time left. The blown call in all likelihood cost them a Super Bowl appearance.

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