Saints fans are not the only one outraged over the NFL’s lack of accountability in Sunday’s NFC Title game between New Orleans and the Rams.
Louisiana’s governor is speaking out, as Gov. John Bel Edwards sent a letter Tuesday to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to express the “deep disappointment” of the people of Louisiana and Saints fans.
The Democratic governor complained about the failure of officials to call interference or roughness penalties when a Rams player leveled a Saints receiver with a helmet-to-helmet hit near the end of Sunday’s game.
“The very least that any fan of the Saints, or any other team, should be able to expect from any game is that the result will be decided by the players on the field,” Edwards wrote. “By missing the obvious, blatant and intentional penalty at the end of the game, the referees in Sunday’s game undermined that expectation and unfortunately were allowed to determine the winner.”
Edwards is calling on the NFL to make rule changes for next season that would allow for expanding replay reviews. He said without such adjustments, “the very integrity of the game will be called into question.”
And the governor told Goodell that while Louisiana football fans will move past the game, “we will not forget it.”
This could still get interesting before Super Bowl LIII a week from Sunday, but again the NFL likely will do nothing about the matter.
Can you imagine if a local New Orleans judge agreed with the lawsuit and ordered the Rams and Saints to replay the final two minutes of the game? And then the NFL had to rush an appeal to avoid this happening? This could be incredible legal theater to watch play out.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) January 22, 2019