With the Super Bowl officially in the rear-view, the NFL offseason is underway. Football fans all across the nation will be wondering the same thing, what will the NFL do about the missed pass interference penalty call in the Saints vs. Rams NFC Championship game. Will there be a rule change? Tough to say. Here is a little information on what happened that game and how the sports world reacted.
On January 20th 2019, the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams matched up for what was expected to be a shootout of an NFC Championship game. Unfortunately, the game was decided over a clear missed pass interference penalty that ultimately caused the Saints to lose the football game. A fury from sports fans everywhere quickly followed. Other NFL players were quick to go on twitter to express their thoughts on the penalty, most showed no remorse.
Some saints fans even took matters into their own hands and sued the NFL over the no call and demanded the game to be rematched. The lawsuit includes claims such as suffering mental anguish, emotional trauma, and loss of enjoyment of life. Yes, some people really do care this much about sports. The lawsuit did not result in the game being replayed but still, the NFL has not faced this much scrutiny in a long time.
Most fans did not want to get involved in the legal side of things, but thousands were quick to sign an online petition to replay the game. The petition received over 150,000 signatures in the 24 hours following the end of the game. The play was so contreversioal that a sports betting site returned gamblers lost money over the game. This hardly EVER happens.
Immediately after the game, Saint’s head coach Sean Payton got on the phone with the league office and demanded an explanation. Payton said that the officials admitted that they missed the call, which was good, but didn’t change the outcome of the game. Payton said “We’ll probably never get over it.”
The most important thing that fans are taking away from this missed call and the game overall is what will the NFL do to make sure that this never happens again in the future? NFL games these days are filled with replays to make sure the call is correct, but why can’t they replay pass interference calls? Many are questioning whether the NFL will in fact go ahead and change the rules. Others think that the NFL is left with no choice but to allow replay on these types of plays, but in the long run will end up ruining the league.
The NFL has to do something or we will be seeing more and more articles that claim the NFL is “rigged”. Speculators will say that this call was done on purpose and that high ranking NFL officials had millions of dollars wagered on the game and needed the call to go their way. These acquisitions are hard to read and I hope that the NFL will act accordingly.