The NFC Championship between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams on January 20th was truly a game to remember, but not in a good way. Fans everywhere waited in anticipation for this showdown of the ages to determine who would move on to play in Super Bowl LIII.
With the score tied at 20 and two minutes left on the clock, all the Saints needed to secure a victory was a field goal. They were already within range and simply needed to run down the clock. Once they got those three points, the Rams wouldn’t have time to get far enough up the field to score.
On third down, quarterback Drew Brees threw a beautiful pass to receiver Tommy Lee Lewis who was well past the first yard line. As the ball soared straight towards him, Los Angeles defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman rammed into Lewis, sending him tumbling away and the ball straight to the turf. The worst part: no penalty was called. The ruling on the field was an incomplete pass after the most ridiculously obvious pass interference in the history of the NFL.
It’s honestly unbelievable and unacceptable that such a blatant and essential call was completely missed by the officials. The stadium erupted into an uproar as the penalty would have led to a first down and almost inevitably, a win for the Saints. The Rams managed to tie the game, take it to overtime and win.
While the joyful Rams say hello to their first Super Bowl in 17 years, the rest of football says goodbye to an era of fair play, respect and pure intelligence.
Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol. 48 Issue 07 on January 30th, 2018