Nearly everyone inside the Superdome, including Robey-Coleman, expected a penalty. 'I got away with one tonight'.
On the ensuing Rams drive, they took the ball down the field and set up Zuerlien to tie the game with a 48-yard field goal with 15-seconds to go. Under pressure, Drew Brees fluttered up a pass that was picked off by John Johnson III, who was able to hang on to the interception while falling onto his back.
Before the season, the Rams awarded Gurley - the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year - with a four-year contract extension worth $60 million, with $45 million guaranteed. Zuerlein booted through the winning field goal from just inside midfield with plenty of room to spare. There is nearly no chance Goodell will take any such action, but Saints coach Sean Payton pointed out Sunday that he is a member of the league committee that could be charged with changing rules regarding official reviews of pass interference.
Instead, New Orleans had to kick a field goal immediately, leaving Los Angeles enough time to come back the other way and get its own field goal to send the game to overtime. A replay was shown over and over on the Superdome's giant video boards, prompting some fans to toss trash on the field.
Benson said the no-call "unfairly deprived" her team of having a chance of making it to the Super Bowl.
"But for a game as important as the NFC (National Football Conference) championship, it sickens me to know that the people who are assigned to fairly officiate the game seemingly had no regard for not only a risky penalty but one that would certainly have changed the outcome of the game, " he vented.
The Los Angeles Rams are heading into the Super Bowl with some controversy in their backfield. They have strategically placed Boston vs Los Angeles in the super bowl! The team moved to St. Louis in 1995, only to return to Southern California two decades later. "As is clear to all who watched the game, it is undeniable that our team and fans were unfairly deprived of that opportunity yesterday".
This time, New Orleans (14-4) couldn't hang on to the lead or overcome that brutal officiating mistake.
National Football League senior VP of officiating Al Riveron spoke to Saints coach Sean Payton immediately following the game and told him, according to Payton, "We messed it up".
"I'm not going to sit here and say there clearly wasn't a little bit of contact before that ball actually arrived", Rams coach Sean McVay said Monday.