Championship Weekend

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This weekend was both exciting and controversial for the NFL and their fans. The NFC and AFC championship were both extremely competitive with both games going into overtime between evenly matched teams. The St. Louis Rams defeated the New Orleans Saints by a score of 26-23, but the victory was overshadowed by one of the most debatable no calls in NFL history. And yet again, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are onto the Superbowl, after outlasting the talented Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 37-31.

The talk of the weekend would have to be about the blatant missed pass interference call on Tommylee Lewis of the Saints. With under two minutes left in the game and the Saints on the Rams 13 yard line, Drew Bress threw an incomplete pass to Lewis on a 3rd down. However, it was apparent that Lewis was hit by a defender before the ball came into his general area and a pass interference penalty should have been thrown by the referees. No flag was thrown, to the outrage of the Saints coaching staff and fandom, and the team had to settle for a field goal making the score 23-20 at that point. The Rams received the ball and were able to tie the game and force overtime, which they went on the win. The missed penalty call would have given the Saints a 1st and goal, where they probably would have scored a touchdown and in all likelihood would have won the game. So, this call held serious significance in relation to the outcome of the game as a whole. Michael Thomas, star receiver for the Saints, tweeted an excerpt in the NFL rulebook stating the commissioner of the NFL has the sole authority to reverse the outcome of a game if an extraordinary act occurred during the game. Thomas essentially called out Commissioner Goodell to redo the NFC championship after the egregious missed call. The NFL and their officiating have been harassed and ridiculed since the game on Saturday, but to redo a game would be a revolutionary act and would mean that the NFL would have to publicly admit to their mistake, which is something that this billion dollar organization would be unlikely to do. At the end of the day, human error in officiating is an almost unavoidable part of every NFL game, and to change or revert an already completed game would be extreme. Nonetheless, this game will be disputed for a long time and will go down as one of the most controversial games in NFL history.

Looking ahead to the Superbowl, the New England Patriots will play the Los Angelos Rams in Mercedez Benz Stadium in Atlanta on Sunday 3rd. Brady and Belichick will look to capture their 6th Lombardi trophy in their remarkable dynasty while the Rams will be looking to win only their second Superbowl since 2000 and first as an expansion team.

 

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