Just a little over 24 hours after a blown no-call that might’ve cost the Saints a trip to the Super Bowl, fans are still just upset about it as when it first happened.
A clear pass interference call was missed by the officiating crew, ultimately forcing the game into overtime where the Rams took control and won the game. Besides outrage towards the NFL and the referees calling the game, some fans have taken to signing a petition for a rematch, a petition that has now topped over 125,000 signatures.
The petition, started by a fan named Terry Cassreino, is directed to New Orleans Saints owner Gayle Benson and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“Refs missed a blatant pass interference call against the Los Angeles Rams late in fourth quarter of Jan. 20 NFC Championship game, possibly costing New Orleans Saints a trip to the SuperBowl. Due to refs’ inability to properly officiate at the game, we the undersigned want a re-match against L.A. on Sunday, Jan. 27. It’s the only fair solution to this travesty of epic proportions.”
This came after New Orleans coach Sean Payton called the league to speak about the no-call, which lead to the NFL openly admitting they made a mistake.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) January 20, 2019
Is a rematch likely to occur? Probably not. Although it was a really unfortunate mistake, it wasn’t the only thing that caused the Saints to drop the game, and missed calls happen all the time in every game anyway.
Still, if the Rams do win the Super Bowl, their victory will always have a little asterisk beside it in a lot of fans’ minds. What will be more interesting is how the Saints will respond next season, knowing how close they were to success.