MONROE, La. (KNOE) - An online petition is calling for a rematch of the January 20th NFC Championship game after a missed call arguably cost the New Orleans Saints the game and a trip to the Super Bowl.
The petitioner writes, "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."
The controversial missed call in question happened in the 4th quarter, with about 1:45 left in the game. The Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman hit Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis early while a pass was still in the air. There also appeared to be helmet-to-helmet contact on the play. Many fans said that was an obvious pass interference and are unsure as to why the penalty wasn't called. Even Robey-Coleman admitted that the play was pass interference.
Had the penalty been called, the Saints would have been on the Rams' 10-yard-line with a first down. Many say the Saints would have gone on to win the game. Instead, the Rams were able to take a tie into overtime, where they eventually beat the Saints.
Some are also calling for changes after what they say is the biggest blown call in the NFL's history.
While the rematch may be unlikely, it is technically possible, according to CBSSports.com. They report that an obscure rule would allow NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to reverse or reschedule the game, should he so choose. Rule 17, Section 2, Article 1 says, "The Commissioner has the sole authority to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective measures if any club action, non-participant interference, or calamity occurs in an NFL game which the Commissioner deems so extraordinarily unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of the game."
Section 2 further states, "The Commissioner’s powers under this Section 2 include the imposition of monetary fines and draft-choice forfeitures, suspension of persons involved in unfair acts, and, if appropriate, the reversal of a game’s result or the rescheduling of a game, either from the beginning or from the point at which the extraordinary act occurred."
Another line in Section 2 may call the option into question, however. It reads, " The Commissioner will not apply authority in cases of complaints by clubs concerning judgmental errors or routine errors of omission by game officials. Games involving such complaints will continue to stand as completed." You can read the rulebook here.
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