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Saints Left Raging After Controversial 4th Quarter No-Call From Refs

Saints Left Raging After Controversial 4th Quarter No-Call From Refs

The LA Rams and the New England Patriots will meet in the Super Bowl on February 3rd after the two sides won their respective conference championships on Sunday.

It took overtime in both games to separate the teams. Two Greg Zuerlein field goals, the first to level it at the end of the fourth quarter and the second in overtime, decided the game on the scoreboard.

A controversial no-call from the referees late in the fourth quarter was also a major talking point.

With just under two minutes remaining and the sides tied at 20-20, New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees threw to wide receiver Tommylee Lewis near the Rams' five-yard line. It looked as though Lewis was about to catch the ball until he was taken out of the play by Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman.

An obvious defensive pass interference offence it appeared to be but no flag came from the officials.

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Even Robey-Coleman admitted after the game that it was pass interference.

New Orleans head coach Sean Payton said that he spoke to NFL senior VP of officiating Al Riveron after the game. Riveron told him there should have been a call made.

"It was simple. They blew the call," said Payton.

"They said it should never have, not been a call. They said not only was it interference, it was helmet-to-helmet. There was two calls. They just couldn't believe it.

"We spoke initially, then I called to follow up and (it was the) first thing Al (Riveron) said when I got on the phone. 'We messed it up.' But we go into these league meeting and we sit as an ownership group and we don't further evaluate the replay system. There's just too much at stake."

The Saints kicked a field goal on the next play to go ahead 23-20 but a touchdown at that moment, rather than the three points, could have proved decisive.

This is the controversial moment.

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