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Posted: January 21, 2019

Thousands sign petition for Saints-Rams rematch after blown call

What You Need to Know: Los Angeles Rams

By Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

More than 150,000 people have signed a petition calling for a rematch of Sunday’s NFC championship matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams after referees missed what many are calling an obvious case of pass interference.

>> Read more trending news petition launched shortly after Sunday’s game had garnered more than 150,000 signatures by Monday afternoon.

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

>> Saints fans blast officials over missed pass interference call in NFC championship loss

The petition was aimed at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Saints owner Gayle Benson.

"Don’t let the Rams walk away with an NFC championship handed to them by refs that missed a blatant pass interference call late in the fourth quarter — a call that could have won the game for the Saints," Cassreino wrote.

The Rams won Sunday’s game with a final score of 26-23.

>> Louisiana eye care center offers free vision exams for NFL refs

Saints coach Sean Payton said he spoke with the NFL office after Sunday’s match and that he was told Los Angeles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman should have been flagged after committing a blatant interference penalty in the game's fourth quarter. 

“Not only was it interference, it was helmet to helmet,” Payton said. “I don’t know if there was ever a more obvious pass interference.”

The Rams are set to face off against the New England Patriots on Feb. 3 for Super Bowl LIII.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Thousands sign petition for Saints-Rams rematch after blown call

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Thousands sign petition for Saints-Rams rematch after blown call

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (11) works for a coach against Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23) during the second half the NFL football NFC championship game Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans. The Rams won 26-23. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Super Bowl LIII: What time, what channel, how to watch

The venue is set, and after the Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots won overtime games on the road, the two teams will meet in Atlanta in Super Bowl LIII.

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Playing in the Super Bowl is nothing new for the Patriots -- it’s the ninth time in 18 seasons that they are the AFC champion. For the Rams, it’s been a 17-year drought. 

The game is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXVI. In that game, played in 2002, the Patriots upset the then-St. Louis Rams, who were favored by two touchdowns.

Tom Brady was the first-year starting quarterback for the Patriots in that game.

When is the game and how can you watch it? Here’s a guide:

How to watch:

When is the Super Bowl LIII: Feb. 3

What time: 6:30 p.m. ET

What channel: Super Bowl LIII will be televised by CBS and streamed here.

Who will play in Super Bowl LIII: The Rams and the Patriots will be playing in Super Bowl LIII.

Who are the coaches: Bill Belichick, 66, is the Patriots head coach. Sean McVay, 33, is the Rams coach. This is Belichick's 12th Super Bowl appearance, counting his years as an assistant coach. If the Rams win, McVay will become the youngest coach to win the Super Bowl.

Where will it be played: The game will be played in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The stadium was opened in 2017 and is the home of the Atlanta Falcons. 

Halftime show: Maroon 5 along with Travis Scott and Big Boi will perform during the halftime show. Maroon 5 has sold more than 53 million albums and 48 million singles. Scott has three platinum albums and Big Boi has six Grammys and has sold 25 million albums. Gladys Knight will sing the national anthem. 

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Jimmy Buffett drops mic after singing national anthem at NFC title game

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Jimmy Buffett drops mic after singing national anthem at NFC title game

Singer Jimmy Buffett caused a stir on social media after his a cappella performance of “The Star Spangled Banner” before Sunday’s NFC Championship game, several media outlets reported.

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Reactions were mixed after Buffett’s emphatic drop before the New Orleans Saints hosted the Los Angeles Rams. After the final line of the song, the “Margaritaville” singer raised his right arm and dropped the microphone near the 50-yard line, Rolling Stone reported.

“Wonderful honor. Thank you,” Buffett posted on Twitter.

Buffett’s actions were met with sharp criticism by some.

“Wow. One of the worst renditions of all time. Awful,” New England Patriots color analyst Scott Zolak tweeted.

“Are Jimmy Buffet (sic) concerts as bad as his national anthem?” People quoted one social media poster.

>> Louisiana eye care center offers free vision exams for NFL refs

“Bring in Danny DeVito for the Super Bowl. America is ready,” tweeted Foster the People.

A representative for Buffett “did not immediately return a request for comment,” Fox News reported.

Here is a sampling of reactions posted on social media.

Patriots beat Chiefs to win AFC championship, earn spot in Super Bowl LIII

The Patriots are Super Bowl bound after their big 37-31 win over the Chiefs in the AFC championship game Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.

>> Watch the news report here

Sony Michel and the Patriots' running game got things going in the first half, helping to drain more than eight minutes off the clock in the first drive of the game to take a 7-0 lead.

>> Super Bowl LIII: What time, what channel, how to watch

The Patriots' defense shut down and shutout the Chiefs' high-powered offense in the first half, heading into the break with a 14-0 lead.

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Patrick Mahomes got the Chiefs' offensive mojo back to start the second half, with a touchdown pass to Travis Kelce to make it 14-7.

A field goal from Stephen Gostkowski and another touchdown pass from Mahomes made it a 17-14 game in the fourth quarter.

After the Chiefs made it a 21-17 game with a Damien Williams touchdown, the Patriots got one of their own with a Michel touchdown run on fourth down. The Chiefs bounced back with a field goal, sending the game to overtime.

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In overtime, the Patriots drove down the field after winning the coin toss, scoring a touchdown to clinch the 37-31 win.

With the victory, the Patriots advance to Super Bowl LIII to play the Rams in two weeks.

Read more here.

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