"No call" NFL game incites rage from fans


Colin Donahue

Third and ten on the Rams’ 17 yard line, the game is tied at 20 a piece, with a slim 1:45 left on the game clock. The Saints are well within field goal range, but there’s no doubt they’re looking for the winning touchdown in this game. The Mercedes Benz Superdome is shaking due to the sound. Drew Brees rolls out and floats a ball to the deep corner of the field, where Tommylee Lewis is running down the sideline; before he even gets to touch the ball, Rams’ safety Nickell Robey-Coleman hits Lewis and de-cleats him, surely a pass interference. The crowd and bench erupts in an appeal for a flag, the sound recedes for about 6 seconds, then a second wave of angry fans’ screaming engulfs the stadium. The game ended with the Rams winning 26-23 in overtime and the football community was very calm and civil about the issues.
That was sarcasm. The football community was in a frenzy after this game. Saints fans are up in arms and they want answers, from everybody’s favorite commissioner, Roger Goodell. Watching the play over and over again, it’s obvious that at the very least, it was a pass interference. The actual physical contact was helmet to helmet, which could have been called as targeting, an even steeper offense for a flag.
Despite all the backlash, the final whistle was blown with the Rams winning and that’s who went on to represent the NFC in this years Super Bowl. Goodell is no stranger to scandals with referees, what with the “Dez caught it” and the “Tuck rule game” after both games rules were changed to make the game more fair. Judging by how the public received the no call, a rule change in the league is imminent.