The NFL has admitted that their officers completely blew it throughout the Saints closing drive of regulation within the NFC Championship sport, by which Rams defensive again Nickell Robey-Coleman ought to have been flagged for move interference, or a helmet-to-helmet hit.
That stated, the league’s admission doesn’t change the truth that the Saints have been compelled to kick a area objective with loads of time remaining, permitting the Rams to go on and win in extra time by the ultimate of 26-23.
However, based on “Rule 17 Section 2 Article three,” as tweeted out by Saints large receiver Michael Thomas, the NFL rulebook really permits the league to reverse an consequence of a sport affected by “unfair acts.”
The rule tweeted out by Thomas reads:
“The Commissioner’s powers underneath this Section 2 embrace the imposition of financial fines and draft-choice forfeitures, suspension of individuals concerned in unfair acts, and, if acceptable, the reversal of a sport’s consequence or the rescheduling of a sport, both from the start or from the purpose at which the extraordinary act occurred. In the occasion of rescheduling a sport, the Commissioner might be guided by the procedures laid out in 17-1-5–11, above. In all circumstances, the Commissioner will conduct a full investigation, together with the chance for hearings, use of sport video, and another process the Commissioner deems acceptable.”
The league has by no means used that rule to reverse the result of a sport and it is nearly sure they will not achieve this now. Instead, the Saints will simply obtain a public apology from the NFL and groups will probably be granted the flexibility to problem such calls transferring ahead.