Payton: NFL admits they blew the no interference call late in the 4th quarter

Jim Hanzo
January 20, 2019 - 6:26 pm

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After a crushing defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Rams, 26-23 in overtime, Saints coach Sean Payton said the NFL head of officials admitted that they missed the call, a pass interference that wasn't called late in the 4th quarter..

“I don’t know if there was ever more obvious pass interference," Payton said.

The Saints were so close to clinching a berth in the Super Bowl if either a helmet-to-helmet hit or pass interference had been called on the play, but a no-call kept them from a second trip to the ultimate game.

A 57-yard field goal by Greg Zuerlein gave the Rams the win in overtime.

“It was simple. They blew the call. It should never have not been a call. They said not only was it interference, it was helmet to helmet,” the coach told reporters after the game.

He was asked if he called the league office or if the league office called him.

“We spoke initially. Then I called to follow up. First thing Al (Riveron) said when I got on the phone. They messed it up and…But we went to these league meetings. We sit as an ownership group and we don’t further evaluate the replay system. It’s just too much at stake. Listen, it’s a hard job for those guys because it’s happening fast, but I don’t know if there was ever a more obvious pass interference call that, here it is the NFC championship game. Tough one to swallow.”

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