The New Orleans Saints lost in heartbreaking fashion on Sunday, January 20. Playing at home against the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship with a trip to Super Bowl 53 on the line, a blown call completely changed the momentum of the game.
The Saints should have had the ball at the five-yard line with less than 2 minutes left in the game after Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman lowered his shoulder and blasted Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis before the ball was in the area. It was a clear pass-interference penalty, but the referees threw no flags and a penalty was not called.
That led to the two teams heading to overtime where Rams kicker Greg Zeurlein botted a 57-yard game-winning field goal to seal the deal of the stunning end to the Saints season.
As you would imagine, Saints fans did not take the loss well.
After the conclusion of the game, there was plenty of deserved criticism of the officiating and, of course, the reactionary videos that often flood social media in today’s day and age.
One video showed a Saints fan watching the game-winning kick fly through the uprights, and his poor television was on the receiving end of his disappointment and rage.
That’s probably not the best way to react, but with the way the Saints have been booted from the postseason for the past two seasons it is easy to understand.
It was just a year ago that the Saints were eliminated by the “Miracle in Minneapolis” where Vikings quarterback Case Keenum found Stefon Diggs for a 61-yard pass as time expired to give Minnesota the win.
After that game, a fan also decided to assault his TV.
Better luck next year, New Orleans.