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Posted: January 21, 2019

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

Los Angeles Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints' Tommylee Lewis during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans.
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Los Angeles Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman breaks up a pass intended for New Orleans Saints' Tommylee Lewis during the second half of the NFL football NFC championship game, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in New Orleans.

By Michelle Ewing, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

NEW ORLEANS —

New Orleans Saints fans are crying foul after officials missed what many are calling an obvious case of pass interference in Sunday's NFC championship.

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According to The Associated Press, the controversial play came as the Saints and Los Angeles Rams were tied in the final minutes of the fourth quarter. That's when the Rams' Nickell Robey-Coleman "committed a blatant interference penalty with a helmet-to-helmet hit" on the Saints' Tommylee Lewis, the AP reported

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The Saints then settled for a field goal before the Rams followed suit, tying the game 23-23 and forcing it into overtime. The Rams ultimately won 26-23.

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Angry fans blasted officials on social media. Scroll down to see what they were saying:

In case you were looking to find a picture of the ref who blew that call...

Posted by WGNO - News With A Twist on Sunday, January 20, 2019
According to WVUE, Saints head coach Sean Payton told reporters after the game that a league official admitted the play should have been called pass interference.

“I got away with one tonight,” conceded Robey-Coleman, the AP reported.

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– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski considering retirement, again 

It appears as if the New England Patriots may have to deal with another offseason full of Rob Gronkowski retirement rumors, as the Patriots tight end will reportedly consider his options once again after the playoffs.

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Ian Rapoport, of the NFL Network, reported that Gronkowski will "strongly consider retirement after this year," according to people close to the Patriots tight end.

Rapoport said those close to Gronkowski are wondering "if he'll go the other way this time," after returning to the Patriots following last year's Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Patriots are in the midst of a playoff run, as they advanced to the AFC title game to play the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Tom Brady enlists help of fellow Boston sports stars for hype video

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Tom Brady enlists help of fellow Boston sports stars for hype video

Just in case any Patriots fans needed any more of a push to be excited about Sunday's divisional round matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers, Tom Brady is here to help.

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The Patriots quarterback took to social media Saturday to post a playoff hype video, featuring many of Boston's current sports stars.

Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts, Celtics guard Jayson Tatum and Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy all make appearances in the video, helping Brady in reading lines from A New Refutation of Time by Jorge Luis Borges.

Brady and Betts open the video, with the Patriots quarterback saying, "Our destiny is not frightful by being unreal," and Betts replying, "It it frightful because it is irreversible and ironclad."

As Tatum reads, "Time is a river which sweeps me along," Brady replies with, "But I am the river."

When Tatum reads, "It is a tiger which destroys me," Brady replies, "But I am the tiger."

When McAvoy says, "It is a fire which consumes me," Brady ends the video by saying, "But I am the fire."

Brady posted the video with the caption "Into the fire..." matching the intensity set by the Patriots' Twitter account in trying to get Patriots fans pumped up for Sunday's playoff battle.

 
 

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