Local referee talks controversial no-call in NFC Championship Game


This year’s Super Bowl matchup has been determined after both the AFC and NFC Championship games were decided in overtime on Sunday.

In the AFC, the New England Patriots won in Kansas City. The Patriots secured their third consecutive AFC Championship and their fourth conference title in the last five seasons.

Meanwhile, in the NFC, the Los Angeles Rams also won on the road. However, the final minutes of that game in New Orleans were quite controversial.

The Saints felt as though the Rams committed a crucial pass interference penalty in the late-goings, but the officials disagreed.

New Orleans failed to score and Los Angeles went on to tie the game on a field goal, forcing overtime.

7News spoke with a local referee to get his take on the official missing the call on the field. 

“I think on the pro level, there’s a lot of ego involved, a lot of great officials and there’s a hesitancy for one official to step in and take another official’s call,” said Tom Bechtel, an Ohio Valey football referee. “It appeared to me that that official got straightlined. He didn’t have a good view of the play. That’s one on film you cannot miss it. Unfortunately, it’s all about angles. If that official didn’t have the angle, quite frankly that’s why he missed the call.”

Some football fans are even petitioning the NFL to let the Rams and Saints replay the NFC Championship game, but right now that doesn’t seem likely.

The Los Angeles Rams and New England Patriots will meet up on Sunday February 3rd for Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.

You can watch the game on WTRF-CBS.

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