Should the NFL replay the NFC Championship? | The Tylt
New Orleans Saints fans are still reeling from the NFC championship game, a game the team lost in part due to a controversial no-call on obvious pass interference. Fans are so irate, one group has sued the NFL to replay the game and another started a petition demanding the same. Under Rule 17, Section 2, the NFL Commissioner can reverse a game's result and replay the entire game, or at the point when the extraordinary event occurred. Should it happen? 🏈
Should the NFL replay the NFC Championship?
The result of a playoff game has never been reversed nor replayed in NFL history, but extraordinary situations call for extraordinary measures. The blatant no-call affected the outcome of the entire game. A pass interference call would have given New Orleans a first down late in the game and a chance to ice it if the Saints scored a touchdown—a touchdown the team was in great position for.
The Saints should be Super Bowl-bound but were robbed by incompetent referees. The league has the chance to redeem itself by calling on the power of Rule 17, Section 2 of the NFL rule book. The league needs to replay this game.
Got enough salt there, Saints fans? Teams have to deal with bad calls on a regular basis. Unlike you, they get over it because it's just a game.
There is no reason for the NFL to replay the NFC Championship. Say the Saints did get that pass interference call. The team could've been stopped by the Rams on the next set of downs and scored a field goal, resulting in the same situation. Also, the Saints could have missed a field goal, giving the Rams a chance to win the game. Or New Orleans could've scored a touchdown and the Rams could've scored on the next drive too. There are too many variables and outcomes to say one specific situation directly altered the result of the entire game. A replay should not be granted.
Allowing fans to dictate what the league can and should do sets a bad precedent for the NFL. The fans need to get over the loss.