The repetition cannot save Saints from another painful playoff non-call

<pre><pre>The repetition cannot save Saints from another painful playoff non-call


NEW ORLEANS – Saints fans are rightly deaf and allergic to speak of NFL officers.

Chalk another one under "Been there, done that."

Although Kyle Rudolph of Minnesota benefited from a timely rebound against cornerback PJ Williams in his 4-yard extra-touchdown win in extra-time that gave the Vikings a 26-20 wild card playoff win on Sunday, those responsible gave it the league that they actually checked this this time – very quickly – and saw nothing outside the rules.

"We looked at all the angles FOX offered and FOX gave us some great views," said Al Riveron senior vice president after the game. “There is contact between the two players, but none of these contacts reach the level of a foul. This is in line with what we have been doing all year round. We left the decision on the field. We leave it there. "

The Saints' legacy to office came last year in the NFC championship game when an apparent passport fault against Rams cornerback, Nickell Robey-Coleman, against recipient Tommylee Lewis, 1:49, left deep in the Rams territory, not called game was tied at 20.

Instead of being able to milk the clock and get a chip shot, the Saints had to hit the field gate much earlier so the Rams had time to go down the field to get a mandatory field gate, overtime The Saints ultimately lost.

Due to the admittedly failed call, the NFL changed its rules fundamentally in the off-season, so that the passport malfunction was subject to a review and the challenges of the coaches. However, very few passport interference calls were canceled this season, and Rudolph's drop, though clearly visible, did not appear to reach the level of a terribly missed call.

"I looked up there and saw both feet down with a third foot and the ball in his hands, so it was me [off the field]Viking trainer Mike Zimmer said about catching Rudolph. "I saw the referees go, so I went."

"I really haven't seen any officials [after the game]New Orleans coach Sean Payton said.

"We are very happy with what we saw," said Riveron. "After that, nothing came through that we hadn't seen before the verdict."

After the game, quarterback Drew Brees, who turns 41 next week, said he hadn't made a decision whether to return for the 2020 season or not.

"I'm not commenting unless I told you … I only took it one year at a time and reassessed every off-season and found the things I want to improve and move on," said Brees.