When the Saints Go Falling Down

On January 20, 2019, the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints faced off in the NFC Championship.

The NFC Championship game took place at Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana (not to be confused with the Mercedes-Benz Stadium). The Superdome held the game that would determine which NFC team would go to Super Bowl!

The game was a spectacular one to say nonetheless. The championship game went into overtime with the Rams winning 26-23 off of a Greg Zuerlein 57-yard game winning kick. A-ma-zing! But there was a controversial play that was not called by the refs, and many people seem to be very upset about that particular play.


Connor McMillan, junior and die hard Saints fan, believed that the call was one that should not have gon overlooked.

“It’s no surprise for how blind the referees are these days considering all sports.”

The missed call by the refs was a pass interference call, which meant the defender didn’t allow the receiver to have any chance to catch the ball, which is a penalty. With those types of penalties, the ball would be placed at the spot of where the foul occurred.

Many believed that if the refs had called that penalty that the Saints would have won the game.

“Without a doubt. They would have gotten a new set of downs and it would’ve have been over because with being on 1st and goal they would have killed the time cause the Rams only had one timeout left,” said McMillan

When asked if he was upset about the Saints not being in the Super Bowl, he responded with an understanding tone.

“Any fan would be upset but that is how the game works. It’s not going to bother me, you know it is no surprise that Tom Brady is going to the Super Bowl so they are most likely going to win. Hopefully they are going to beat the Rams for cheating,” he stated jokingly.

German Uriostegui, a junior and Cincinnati Bengals fan, was quite upset about the way Sunday’s game played out.

“I think it was ridiculous. These refs are supposed to be professionals and they are supposed to have a responsibility on the field. And the fact that they didn’t live up to their own standards is ridiculous and I think that they should be held accountable for it. The fact that we don’t even know which judge is responsible for that flag is ridiculous. The NFL needs to look into this,” stated Uriostegui.

According to the NFL, a week after the game, they have found that the fours referees who reffed the Saints and Rams’ have California ties. It has been circling the league that the four referees all live in Southern California, prompting a swath of conspiracy theories.

When asked if he thought the play was a pass interference, Uriostegui couldn’t have agreed more.

“Absolutely, there’s not a question. The cornerback admitted that he ran into the player before hand,” said Uriostegui.

Luke Deocampo, junior and football fan, believes that there should have been some type of call on that play.

“If it wasn’t a pass interference call, it was a helmet to helmet call,” stated Deocampo.

When asked how he felt about the play, he gave a detailed breakdown of what happened.

“First of all the defender didn’t even locate the ball before hitting the receiver. And more importantly, the side judge was right there running with them and didn’t call anything,” exclaimed Deocampo.

As the Super Bowl draws near, fans are still questioning what happened on that play. Whether or not the NFL decides to look into it in the offseason is their choice.

What we know for certain, however, is that the Saints won’t be going to the Super Bowl; it’s Rams and Patriots this year.