Social media is absolutely livid over the injustice that cost the New Orleans Saints a spot in the Super Bowl.
Celebrities as well as current and former players all rallied against the refs for the blown non-pass interference call in the NFC Championship Game against the Los Angeles Rams.
The Saints lost 26-23 in overtime and the Rams are headed to Atlanta to face the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.
With 1:45 left in the regulation on 3rd-and-10 from the Rams’ 13-yard line, cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman bulldozed Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis and made helmet-to-helmet contact before the ball arrived.
The game was tied at 20 at that point. The no-call resulted in the Saints kicking a field goal to only go ahead 23-20. Afterwards, the NFL’s head of officials confirmed to Saints coach Sean Payton that they “blew the call,” according to ESPN.
Jazz legend Harry Connick Jr., a diehard Saints fan, wrote a scathing letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
“Until changes are made, specifically, booth review of outcome-altering no-calls, you can count me out,” Connick Jr. said according to TMZ. “I’m not watching the AFC championship game and I won’t be watching the Super Bowl.”
Sports Illustrated writer Conor Orr explored the possibility of revamping the replay system to allow pass interference challenges with under two minutes left in regulation or with a minute running clock in earlier game scenarios.
All-time wrestling great Hulk Hogan mocked the non-call on Twitter.
No flag brother. HH pic.twitter.com/MFcLgCQsry
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) January 21, 2019
Hall of Fame wide receiver Terrell Owens said it shouldn’t have even been a debate.
There’s nothing bang bang about that play. https://t.co/9SHFnrU2Jn
— Terrell Owens (@terrellowens) January 20, 2019
Two-time Super Bowl champion linebacker James Harrison used a pop culture reference to rip the officials.
Referees that aren’t doing birdbox challenge during the game? https://t.co/6MC2bilZTE
— James Harrison (@jharrison9292) January 20, 2019
Nine-time Pro Bowl cornerback Charles Woodson can relate to the pain of Saints fans.
I want all the people that tell me to get over the #tuckrule to tell drew Bree’s and the @Saints to get over that pass interference that wasn’t called that would have most likely ended the game in a saints win. I’ll wait
— Charles Woodson (@CharlesWoodson) January 20, 2019
NBC Sports writer Peter King succinctly summed it up best.
Worst no-call of 2018 season.
— Peter King (@peter_king) January 20, 2019
It’s a bitter way to head into the offseason for the Saints. Hopefully by the time they return to the gridiron a resolution will be reached.