NFL leaders will meet next week in Phoenix at the annual NFL owners’ meetings, and changes could be made due to the “NOLA No Call” in the NFC Championship game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams.
An NFL league source tells WDSU sports anchor Fletcher Mackel, “There are expected to be seven new rule change proposals made at the owners’ meetings.The Saints are not making any proposals. Other teams don’t want egregious errors like what happened during the Saints’ game.Those franchises are the ones pushing for change.”
Following the NFC Championship game, league officials admitted to Saints head coach Sean Payton that they missed two penalties on one play late in the fourth quarter.
Rams defender Nickell Robey-Coleman should have been penalized for both pass interference and helmet-to-helmet contact.
The play could have allowed the Saints to run the clock down and potentially kick a game-winning field goal, which would have sent them to Super Bowl LIII.
Instead, the Rams defeated the Saints 26-23 in overtime.
After the game, Payton referred to the missed penalty as a “Super Bowl call,” saying,”They blew it.”
The 2019 owners’ meetings
startbegin on Sunday, March 24, and end on Wednesday, March 27.