NFC Championship Game: Rams win in controversial call over Saints


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Joseph Brotemarkle, staff writer

The Los Angeles Rams took on the New Orleans Saints in the NFC championship game on January 20th. The winner of this game would continue to the Super Bowl to compete to be the greatest football team in the world.

The New Orleans Saints took the early lead, scoring a touchdown and two field goals in the first quarter, leaving the Rams high and dry. The Los Angeles Rams took control of the second quarter, taking a touchdown along with a field goal to bring the score to 10-13, with the Saints still in the league. The third quarter was a balanced fight with both teams scoring a touchdown.

Late into the fourth quarter with the score 20-20, the Saints trotted down the field in anticipation of a touchdown. It was a third down for the Saints, and the play was streak route to Tommylee Lewis who was lined up in the backfield. Lewis ran around the line, up the side line, and just as he turned to catch ball, he was trucked by Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Colman. Lewis came crashing to the ground before the ball could even get to him, and the pass was dubbed incomplete with no pass interference or flag of any kind on the play. The Saints ended up having to settle for a field goal, which the Rams later countered with a field goal of their own. The Rams went on to kick field goal during overtime, winning the game.

This call ultimately cost the Saints a NFC championship and possibly the Super Bowl. In the end, it doesn’t make a difference; the Rams won and will go to the Super Bowl to face the Patriots for the title of greatest football team in the world.