The infamous no-call from the NFC Championship game between the Rams and Saints won’t be long forgotten anytime soon. On Monday, the Associated Press reported that a Louisiana judge has ordered NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and three officials from that game to be questioned under oath in September.
Per the report, the lawsuit is seeking $75,000 in damages, which will be paid out to Steve Gleason’s charity. Naturally, the controversial play involving Tommylee Lewis and Nickell Robey-Coleman sparked a public outrage from across the sports world and arguably cost the Saints a date with the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
The play led to the league establishing a new pass interference replay rule with help from the competition committee. Per the explanation from a league memo sent out in June, a replay official could actually stop the game to review both offensive and defensive pass interference. However, this has some limitations, with calls needing to be inside two minutes and in overtime.
The league focused on three buckets regarding this: Clear and obvious visual evidence, pass interference standard, and broadcast angles.
All passing plays will be subject to review for pass interference. The “Hail Mary” play will be reviewed in replay consistent with the on-field officiating guidelines. If the Replay Official does not see any action that constitutes clear and obvious visual evidence consistent with the stricter criteria/guidelines for reviewing pass interference, the Replay Official will not stop the game.