Thousands sign online petition calling for a Saints-Rams rematch

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 20: John Johnson #43 of the Los Angeles Rams intercepts a pass in overtime against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Led by 24-year-old quarterback Jared Goff, the Los Angeles Rams and their 21st-century offense will take on 41-year-old Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, who are in search of a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title.

But not everybody is happy about the outcome. 

Thousands have signed an online petition calling for an NFC championship rematch game between the Saints and Rams after a very controversial non-call on what the Saints believe should have been pass interference in the final minutes. 

Coach Sean Payton said the league told him game officials blew the call two different ways by not calling pass interference or for assessing a helmet-to-helmet contact on the hit that impeded Tommylee Lewis from catching a pass.

Had a penalty been called, the Saints would have had a first-and-goal inside the 10 with a chance to run down the clock for a potential winning field goal. Instead, the Saints kicked a field goal with 1 minute, 41 seconds remaining in regulation, leaving enough time for the Rams to tie the score in regulation and then kick the winner in overtime.

The petition circulating on Change.org is calling for the NFL to consider a rematch next week. 

“Due to refs’ inability to properly officiate at the game, we the undersigned want a re-match against L.A. on Sunday, Jan. 27,” the petition reads. “It’s the only fair solution to this travesty of epic proportions.”

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