Lawsuit Filed to Have Ending of Rams vs. Saints Replayed After Missed Call

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistJanuary 22, 2019

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 20: Tommylee Lewis #11 of the New Orleans Saints drops a pass broken up by Nickell Robey-Coleman #23 of the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C.  Cox/Getty Images)
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New Orleans-based attorney Frank D'Amico Jr. filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to force a replay of the NFC Championship Game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams from the moment of the missed pass interference call on the Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman.

Travers Mackel of WDSU provided the full statement from D'Amico, who seeks Goodell to enforce a rule giving him power to act on an "extraordinary unfair" action that has a "major effect on the result of the game:"

Travers Mackel @TraversWDSU

Here is the full D’Amico statement: See full story @wdsu in last tweet. @stephgosk @NBCNews @AP @NFL https://t.co/YrpfRkLF5R

Darren Rovell of the Action Network provided further details about the lawsuit filed on behalf of Saints ticket holders:

Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

Damages in Saints ticket holder lawsuit against the Roger Goodell & the NFL include: Mental anguish & emotional trauma Loss of faith in the NFL Loss of enjoyment of life Loss of entertainment Distrust of the game

Los Angeles' Robey-Coleman struck New Orleans' Tommylee Lewis before the pass arrived and without looking back to contest for the ball late in the fourth quarter, but no call was made on the play. The L.A. corner confirmed he expected a penalty.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Nickell Robey-Coleman post-game: "Oh, hell yeah...I whacked his ass" (via @rscheuermann2) https://t.co/zDKxVpzdMs

The Saints, who would have received 1st-and-goal with less than two minutes left in a tie game, instead were forced to take a Wil Lutz field goal. The Rams tied the game with 15 seconds left and proceeded to win in overtime after a Drew Brees interception on New Orleans' opening drive.

Adam Schefter of ESPN noted Saints fan Matt Bowers has rented seven billboards in the Atlanta area, which is hosting Super Bowl LIII, taking aim at the NFL:

Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter

Matt Bowers, a diehard Saints fans who owns car dealerships throughout the southeast, has rented billboards in seven locations in and around Atlanta with 16 placements to voice his displeasure with the NFL. “And I’m not done yet,” he told ESPN. https://t.co/ZHh0un2Xie

Although the missed call was egregious, and the lawsuit seeks to give the Saints a second opportunity to earn a Super Bowl berth, the chance of a replay is virtually zero. Even D'Amico admitted as much while laying out his case.

"So what can the NFL do about the outcome of the Rams-Saints game? Probably nothing. Bad calls happen. Sometimes, bad calls have bigger consequences than others," he said in the statement.

The situation may lead to changes for the 2019 NFL season and beyond, though.

Mark Maske of the Washington Post reported Monday the NFL competition committee will consider allowing teams to challenge pass interference calls after admitting the officiating mistake in Sunday's game.

"It will be discussed at length along with additional fouls that coaches feel should be subject to review," a source told Maske.

Meanwhile, Jared Goff and the Rams advance to face Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3.


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