Payton: Obvious missed call cost Saints a Super Bowl berth

Tanya Simon
January 21, 2019

Sunday was his 13th AFC Championship Game.

And the Saints coach said National Football League executives he spoke with by phone after a 26-23 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Rams agreed with him that officials on the field missed two obvious penalties on one late, game-turning play that might have prevented the Saints from advancing to the Super Bowl.

Jason has waited a long time to reach the playoffs - let alone the Super Bowl - and he had the best reaction during New England's celebration.

"I thought it was for a split-second; but the ref got up - when I got up, he said, 'Incomplete, ' so I just was like, 'Thank you, '" the cornerback said. "Look, I'm on the competition committee".

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A throwback in the Super Bowl is rare, but it has actually happened once before - the San Francisco 49ers donned their throwbacks for Super Bowl XXIX against the San Diego Chargers during the NFL's 75th anniversary season in January 1995.

From there, overtime was forced and the Rams eventually won on a 57-yard field goal. "And we'll probably never get over it".

Zuerlein's second field goal levelled the scores at 20-20 in the fourth quarter but Brees' 43-yard pass to Ted Ginn allowed Lutz to kick them ahead once more - but the Rams came back and Zuerlein kicked successfully from 48 yards to take the game into overtime.

"Plenty of times throughout the season, there's calls that go against you, go for you", Brees said. "We'd be on our knee for three plays and - it's disappointing". Obviously, the official in question did not exchange jerseys with Gurley after the game.

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