National Football League playoff ‘do-over’ suit in jurisdictional bog


Responding to a lawsuit which was filed Sunday in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana, the league admitted referees did make a mistake by not throwing a pass interference flag.

Saints coach Sean Payton said after the game that Al Riveron, the National Football League senior vice president of officiating, "couldn't believe" no penalty was called on the play. The decision has prompted some Saints fans to protest the league and file a lawsuit.

Still, as Pro Football Talk notes, the chances that anything substantive will come from the suit is slim to none. The Rams won the January 20 game in overtime and are set to play the New England Patriots in Sunday's Super Bowl.

Has anyone in New Orleans gotten over the infamous no-call involving the Saints in the NFC Championship game? It's hard for our fans to take, so I understand the hurt. The Rams tied the game on Greg Zuerlein's 48-yarder and won it in overtime with his 57-yarder.

The Rams will now face the Patriots in Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta on February 3 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Instead, D'Amico said, it seeks a court order, under state law, forcing Goodell to investigate the blown call under the never before invoked Rule 17.

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One thing is for sure: The controversy surrounding this Super Bowl will not be going away any time soon.

As to D'Amico's call for an investigation, Jones said there is no need.

After Vinovich told Riveron that it wasn't his play and it wasn't his call, Cavaletto told Riveron it simply was a "bang-bang" call.

Schefter pointed out that the four were the ones most responsible for the non-call on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman's early, helmet-to-helmet hit on Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis.

A hearing in the case is set for noon Monday in New Orleans.