Greg Zuerlein kicked a 57-yard field goal in overtime and the Los Angeles Rams, helped by a huge missed call by the officials, advanced to the Super Bowl with a 26-23 victory over the New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship game Sunday.
Here's some of the prevalent theories.
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The Rams went on the win the game and eliminate New Orleans from the playoffs.
Before Sunday's game, the conspiracy theorists were on the other side. He is typically a member of referee Bill Vinovich's staff, but that was not the case for Sunday's game.
The Saints opened up what we hoped would be a final drive leading to the game winning score with a few passes.
According to the Washington Post, the NFL's competition committee will consider altering is instant replay review rules so that pass interference calls could potentially be overturned. Yes, there was probably helmet to helmet contact. Even Robey-Coleman admitted that the play was pass interference. "The NFL must always commit to providing the most basic of expectations - fairness and integrity".
One easy option would be to simply allow the judgment call to be part of the current challenge system, and a coach could decide for himself on the significance of the outcome meriting a red flag and another look from all available angles.
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Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has interviewed for jobs virtually every year since returning to Foxborough after short stints in Denver and St. Louis.
Leave it to the Saints quarterback, and future first ballot Hall of Famer, to put the day in perspective.
"Yesterday's result is still hard to accept for all of us", Benson said in the statement.
"It came down to the wire".
'For a call like that not to be made, man, it's just hard to swallow, ' the Saints coach said. It was third-and-10 at their own 13-yard line when DB Nickell Robey-Coleman arrived a full second early and blasted Saints WR Tommy Lee-Lewis on the sideline.
And, settled for three points.
Goff settled in, and the Rams offense started to move the football. It has become common for teams to proclaim that they have the "best fans in the NFL". "Because of this, I'm sure there will be a lot of talk about reviewing penalties, perhaps game-changing penalties".
New Orleans Saints fans are still upset over a missed call that likely cost their team a ticket to the Super Bowl.
Or, perhaps, he saw it but chose to "let them play", with the decision to bury the flag deep in his pocket justified by the decision of the Saints to throw the ball for the second time in three snaps.