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New Orleans Saints were ripped off by NFL refs, so we’re refunding wagers, N.J. sports book says

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By James Kratch | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

There will be no justice for the New Orleans Saints.

But for those who may have bet on them? One New Jersey sports book is doing its part to make things right.

PointsBet Sportsbook, the latest entrant into the increasingly-crowded Garden State sports betting game, will refund any lost point spread and moneyline bets on the Saints after they were screwed by a controversial pass interference no-call in Sunday’s NFC Championship Game loss to the Los Angeles Rams.


PointsBet is a new player in New Jersey - it...

Commissioner has authority to take action over Rams-Saints outcome, in theory

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By Mike Florio | PFT

So what can the NFL do about the outcome of the Rams-Saints game? Probably nothing. Bad calls happen. Sometimes, bad calls have bigger consequences than others.

Still, there’s language in the rulebook that could, in the right circumstances, allow the Commissioner to take extreme action in the face of a grossly unfair result.

Consider 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...

'The city didn't deserve that': Saints players thank Who Dat Nation

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By NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

The New Orleans Saints lost a heartbreaker Sunday in the NFC Championship Game as the Los Angeles Rams rallied from a 13-0 deficit to force overtime in their 26-23 victory at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

Before players cleaned out their lockers at the team's Metairie practice facility Monday, many posted messages of thanks to Saints fans for their support throughout the season.

Read their messages below:


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NFL will consider making pass interference calls reviewable after Saints loss

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(Photo by David Grunfeld, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

By The Washington Post

NFL leaders and the league’s rulemaking competition committee plan to give consideration this offseason to making pass interference calls subject to instant replay review.

“It will be discussed at length along with additional fouls that coaches feel should be subject to review,” said one person familiar with the league’s inner workings.

Any change would have to be approved by at least three-quarters of the 32 owners. The competition committee always has been opposed in the past to making judgment calls such as pass interference subject to review.

But the...

Online petition calls for Saints-Rams rematch, but can it really happen?

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By Christopher Dabe, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

A quickly rising number of have people signed an online petition calling for an NFC championship rematch between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams after a controversial non-call on what the Saints believe should have been pass interference in the final...

Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman: 'Thank you football gods' after missed pass interference call

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BY GIL LeBRETON | Special to The Advocate

They say confession is good for the soul, but Nickell Robey-Coleman, giddy and unremorseful, seemed to be enjoying his time in the postgame confessional far too much.

Did the Los Angeles Rams cornerback interfere with receiver Tommylee Lewis on the play that will live forever in Saints infamy?

“In my mind, yes, I thought there was going to be a flag,” Robey-Coleman bluntly answered, after the Rams’ 26-23 victory in overtime.

Did he see the football as it descended towards Lewis’ hands at the 5-yard line?

“No, I never saw the ball,” he confessed. ...

Todd Gurley posts meme of himself, Bill Vinovich exchanging jerseys after Saints-Rams game

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Advocate Staff Report

Social media was up in arms after a late no-call from NFL officials led to the Rams escaping the Mercedes-Benz Superdome with a win over the New Orleans Saints in overtime of the NFC Championship game Sunday.

It was inevitable that posts would go up decrying the officials and claiming the Rams paid them off. What was unexpected, however, was someone who just finished playing in the game would get in on the joke on Instagram.

That's where Los Angeles running back Todd Gurley comes in to play.

Gurley, who carried the ball four times for 10 yards and a touchdown in Los Angeles' win, posted a photoshopped picture of...

Controversial non-call overshadows Rams-Saints NFC Championship Game

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By Ryan Gaydos | Fox News

NFL officials came under heavy scrutiny Sunday night during the NFC Championship Game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints over a blown call late in the fourth quarter.

The call was viewed as a factor in the Rams' success at tying the game and then winning in overtime to advance to the Super Bowl.


Speculation swirled after the game on whether the league would admit that the referees had erred. No word...

Wild NFL rule allows Roger Goodell to reverse Rams-Saints outcome, but would he actually use it?

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By Will Brinson | CBS Sports

After all the insanity of Championship Sunday wrapped, it was almost hard to comprehend all the crazy things that happened throughout the day. One thing stood above all else though: the Rams pass interference penalty against the Saints that went uncalled by the referees and ultimately allowed the Rams to advance to their first Super Bowl since 2001.

Lingering with that game and the outcome is the NFL's lack of a statement about the lack of a penalty. And lingering over that is a pretty insane and broad rule in the NFL rulebook that would allow NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, should he so choose, to reverse or reschedule the outcome of the game...

Drew Brees plans to return for 19th season for 'another run at it'

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By Mike Triplett | ESPN Staff Writer

NEW ORLEANS -- Drew Brees, who turned 40 on Tuesday, hopes to still be playing at age 41.

When asked how positive he is that he will be back for a 19th season, the New Orleans Saints quarterback said, "I feel pretty positive."

He later said more definitively that, "I plan on being here next year and making another run [at] it."

"My mind's not even there right now. So this is all pretty fresh," Brees said after the Saints' 26-23 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Sunday's NFC Championship Game. "But [I'm] just going to take a few days to kind of let it all settle...

Social media reacts to controversial no-call in final minutes of Saints-Rams matchup

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By E. Jay Zarett Omnisport


The Saints were not happy with the referees during the final minutes of the fourth quarter in their NFC Championship matchup against the Rams on Sunday.

With the score tied at 20 and the ball in the red zone, quarterback Drew Brees threw the ball down the sideline to Tommylee Lewis. The wide receiver, however, was knocked down by Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman and failed to catch the pass.

Robey-Coleman appeared to make contact with Lewis before the ball arrive, but the referees did not call a penalty. The Saints ended up kicking a field goal and the Rams answered with one of their own to force...

Officials miss blatant pass-interference penalty, leading to Rams' come-from-behind win over Saints

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By Sean Wagner-McGough - CBS Sports


A conference championship game between the two best teams in the NFC was overshadowed by the officials' inexplicable decision to keep their flags in their pockets.

On Sunday, the Rams and Saints battled for the right to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl and for 58 minutes, the game lived up to the hype and promise ... right up until the moment the officials became the story of the game by missing one of the most blatant pass-interference penalties you'll ever see. To make matters worse, the missed call came with the score knotted up at 20-20 and the Saints threatening to put away the Rams for good...

'We're all ready': New Orleans Saints, their fans and the city try to grab a Super Bowl berth

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By Rod Walker | The Advocate

Terron Armstead, like everyone else in the New Orleans Saints locker room, has waited for this chance all his life.

The Saints' left tackle, in his sixth NFL season, knows these opportunities don't come along often.

So Armstead appreciates the magnitude of what will happen at 2:05 p.m. Sunday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, when the Saints play in what is easily the franchise's most significant game in nine years.

"Growing up, you always dream about the Super Bowl," Armstead said. "The bright lights. The thrill of it. Being a champion. Football immortality. Playing a...

How the Chiefs, Patriots, Saints and Rams built their offensive lines

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Reed Hoffmann – Associated Press photos

By Mark Craig | Star Tribune (Minn.)

Offensive line is a strength shared by the four conference finalists. Here’s a look at how the Chiefs, Patriots, Saints and Rams acquired their 20 starting linemen:

At a glance ...

Drafted 10
- Free agency 4
- Trades 3
- Waiver wire 1
- Street free agent 1
- Rookie free agent 1

Average age 27.6
- Under 30 Chiefs 5; Saints 4;
Patriots 4; Rams 2

Drafted by round
- First 4 (3 by current team)
- Second 6 (3 by current team)
- Third 3 (2 by current team)
- Fourth 1 (1 by current team)
- Fifth 1 (1 by current team)
- Sixth 1 (0 by current team)
- Seventh 2 (0 by...

81 percent of experts picking Saints over Rams in NFC title game

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By John Sigler | Saintswire

The New Orleans Saints are slight home favorites over the Los Angeles Rams in the 2018 NFC championship game, and a majority of NFL experts are siding with the home team. Per NFL Pick Watch, 81 percent of selected experts are picking the Saints to triumph and advance to just the second Super Bowl appearance in team history. Just 19 percent of experts went with the Rams.

Compare that to the split in the AFC championship game: 74 percent of experts like the Kansas City Chiefs, while 26 percent are calling for another Super Bowl appearance for the New England Patriots. Clearly, the football world’s analysts are more confident in the Saints winning at...

With Saints a win away from Atlanta's Super Bowl, Falcons fans on edge

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By: Tyler Estep, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution | WSBTV.com

ATLANTA - The New Orleans Saints are just one win away from playing in the Super Bowl right here in Atlanta, in the gleaming new stadium that’s home to their biggest, albeit title-less rival.

And if they’re being honest, long-suffering Falcons fans from the mayor on down really would prefer to see the Saints fail to punch their proverbial ticket. Even for a city that’s grown accustomed to having sports-related disappointment and despair delivered in extraordinary fashion, this would be a new level of indignity.

“All I can say is, we don’t need no ‘who...

Why Patriots, Saints have advantage in most pressure-filled game NFL can offer

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By Jeff Diamond | Sporting News

Conference championship week always reminds me of the good — and bad — personal experiences with my teams in the most pressure-filled game of the NFL season.

Yes, I've always believed NFL conference title games rise above the Super Bowl in magnitude from a team exec's perspective. For any team other than New England, for whom it's always Super Bowl win or bust, a loss in this round is the ultimate downer with a Super Bowl trip on the line.

My teams played in this game six times, winning two (1976 Vikings, 1999 Titans) and losing four (Vikings in 1977, ‘87 and ‘98 and Titans in 2002). We lost...

Saints and Rams have been on collision course — now it’s D-Day

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By Paul Schwartz | New York Post

NEW ORLEANS — The last time Drew Brees and the Saints advanced this far was after the 2009 season, and the quarterback remembers how his team and the Vikings were tracking each other week after week, month after month.

“We all felt that is who we were going to see in the NFC Championship Game,’’ Brees said. “I think this year, in many respects, that was kind of the same idea. We looked across the league and saw what the Rams were doing and the success they were having.’’

The Saints were afforded a first-hand look at the Rams on Nov. 4, engaging in an...

NFC Championship preview - Can Saints take advantage of Rams secondary?

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By Simon A. M. Milham | Yahoo Sports

As with the AFC Championship, No.1 and No.2 seeds in the NFC clash on Sunday for the right to play in Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta on Sunday, February 3.

The New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams earned the two-best regular-season records in the NFL, each recording 13-3 marks, but it is the Saints who have the No.1 seeding and therefore host the NFC Championship game for the first time since they won the Super Bowl XLIV nine years ago.

The teams met at the Superdome in Week 9, with that early November clash going 45-35 to the Saints. It was the Rams’ third successive defeat by the...

Meet Taysom Hill, the New Orleans Saints' (not-so-secret) secret weapon

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Taysom Hill is giving the Saints some unique options on offense. (Photo: Derick E. Hingle, USA TODAY Sports)

By Jarrett Bell | USA Today

Items of interest as major rematches loom for the NFL's championship weekend:

X-factor: Taysom Hill. He’s the Saints’ not-so-secret, secret weapon. In a season when it’s been challenging for Drew Brees to rely on weapons in the passing game beyond Michael Thomas (125 catches) and Alvin Kamara (91), the third-string quarterback -- in a linebacker’s body (6-2, 220), with running back speed (4.4 in the 40) -- has been another type of force. Especially in short-yardage situations and on special teams. In...


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