What if the right call was made? Would the outcome be the same that it is now? Would the Super Bowl have been the New Orleans Saints vs the New England Patriots, or the same match-up? The world can only wonder, but the Saints are positive that their spot in the Super Bowl was ruined by an obvious no-call.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw the ball to wide receiver Tommylee Lewis during a crucial third-down play, which led to a 26-23 overtime win by the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship. Lewis beat Nickell Robey-Coleman in coverage, in return Robey-Coleman performed a fundamental pass interference, but no flags were thrown.
It feels like everyone saw the pass interference except for the most important people whose only job is to look for penalties. Bill Vinovich, who is a former referee, was asked about the call and the timing of the game. There was one-minute and forty-nine seconds left in the game when a flag that wasn’t thrown could have allowed the Saints to drain the clock and attempt a last-second field goal to win . Vinovich made it clear that if the flag was thrown that it would not have affected the outcome of the game.
In reality, that no-call essentially decided the game. The Saints were forced to kick a field goal earlier than expected, which allowed the Rams to take the ball down the field and score a field goal. The Rams won the game in overtime, after their defense intercepted the ball from Brees and their kicker Greg Zuerlein kicked a 57-yard field goal to win the game and punched their ticket play the Patriots in the Superbowl.
This year’s Super Bowl is at the top of the list of most boring Super Bowls. This game did not live up to the hype that was projected behind it. Many Saints fans think it was boring because their high scoring, air-raid offense was robbed of its chances.
During the Super Bowl, the Rams offense was painful to watch. Mis-ques were happening left and right. Jared Goff, the Rams quarterback, threw the ball at his running back’s butt at one point in the game. Goff also overthrew to a wide open Brandin Cooks for what would have been a 29-yard touchdown. Lastly, the Rams had to punt the ball the first eight drives of the game, which eventually led to Johnny Hekker’s Super Bowl record for longest punt in Super Bowl history.
Even though the Rams didn’t play well, the Patriots did not live up to their standard. Tom Brady, the quarterback for the Patriots, threw an interception on his first pass of the game. Neither teams reached the red zone until Rob Gronkowski, the tight-end for the Patriots, caught a pass with seven minutes left in the game.
So, what if the right call was made? Would that have helped the New Orleans Saints become World Champions and let them hoist the Lombardi Trophy?