- A petition on Petition.org has collected 681,210 of the 1 million signature goal
- Fans say referees refused to call a clear helmet-to-helmet or pass interference that changed the outcome of the game
- Two Saints fans are now suing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league for a range of damages including “loss of enjoyment of life”
NFL fans are pissed after what appears to be a missed call that occurred during Sunday’s championship game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints. Pissed off fans claim the neglect to call either a helmet-to-helmet or a pass interference penalty late in the fourth quarter that cost the Saints the game and over 600,000 are demanding a do-over.
A petition on Petition.org started by Terri Casarino has collected 681,210 of the 1 million signature goal. “Due to refs’ inability to properly officiate at the game, we the undersigned want a re-match against L.A. on Sunday, Jan. 27,” the petition reads.
Refs missed a blatant pass interference call against the Los Angeles Rams late in fourth quarter of Jan. 20 NFC Championship game, possibly costing New Orleans Saints a trip to the SuperBowl. Due to refs’ inability to properly officiate at the game, we the undersigned want a re-match against L.A. on Sunday, Jan. 27. It’s the only fair solution to this travesty of epic proportions.
“That call was bs and they even admitted it. Would have completely changed the outcome of the game,” one supporter of the petition wrote. Another read, “The referees obviously turned a blind eye on several occasions that would have changed the outcome of this game! The referees should not be from either Los Angeles or New Orleans. That just is not fair!”
A tweet from For The Win shows the moment fans are debating. The tweet read, “NFL fans could not believe that this wasn’t called pass interference 😳😳😳,” as even fans of other teams agree it was a bad call or lack thereof.
Some fans are so pissed off they are actually taking it to court. Two season ticket holders for the Saints are suing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league for damages that include mental anguish, emotional trauma, “loss of enjoyment of life” and “distrust of the game which has become the National pastime.” The lawsuit was filed in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court.
Some angry fans are pointing to an NFL rule that possibly gives Goodell the authority to order a rematch. Fans say a there is a rule that would “allow the Commissioner to take extreme action in the face of a grossly unfair result.”
Rule 17, Section 2, Article 1: The Commissioner has the sole authority to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective measures if any club action, non-participant interference, or calamity occurs in an NFL game which the Commissioner deems so extraordinarily unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of the game.