Irate Saints fans start petition demanding NFC title game be replayed; NFL could theoretically make it happen
Saints fans are not happy with the way the NFC Championship Game was officiated
From the Change.org petition:
"Refs missed a blatant pass interference call against the Los Angeles Rams late in fourth quarter of Jan. 20 NFC Championship game, possibly costing New Orleans Saints a trip to the Super Bowl. Due to refs' inability to properly officiate at the game, we the undersigned want a rematch against L.A. on Sunday, Jan. 27. It's the only fair solution to this travesty of epic proportions."
In the 24 hours since the game ended, the petition has gained some serious steam around the country as more than 230,000 fans have signed it so far.
Despite the obvious interference, there was no flag thrown on the play.
Fans were highly upset with the no-call during the game ...
.... And that anger only got worse after the Saints went on to lose in overtime.
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Although the NFL will almost certainly ignore the petition, the crazy thing is that the league actually has the power to do something about the controversial no-call. As Will Brinson Pro Football Talk), NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can actually order that a game be replayed if he feels that something "extraordinarily unfair" happened.(via
"The Commissioner's powers under this Section 2 include ... 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," Rule 17, Section 2, Article 3 of the rule book states.
The only question now is whether or not a botched pass interference no-call qualifies as "extraordinarily unfair."
The NFL has already admitted to Saints coach Sean Payton that the officiating crew blew the call by not making a call, and really, the only thing the league hasn't done at this point is to make a public statement about why such an obvious call was missed. Although the league will almost certainly release a statement at some point this week pertaining to the no-call, it's highly unlikely the NFL will use that statement to call for the came to be replayed.
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