Online petitions spring up after Saints’ shocking loss to Rams

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FILE – At left, in an Aug. 9, 2018, file photo, New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton watches from the sideline during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Jacksonville, Fla. At right, in a Nov. 19, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay […]

(Nola.com)- A quickly rising number of have people signed an online petition calling for an NFC championship rematch between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams after a controversial non-call on what the Saints believe should have been pass interference in the final minutes.

Coach Sean Payton said the league told him game officials blew the call two different ways by not calling pass interference or for assessing a helmet-to-helmet contact on the hit that impeded Tommylee Lewis from catching a pass.

Had a penalty been called, the Saints would have had a first-and-goal inside the 10 with a chance to run down the clock for a potential winning field goal. Instead, the Saints kicked a field goal with 1 minute, 41 seconds remaining in regulation, leaving enough time for the Rams to tie the score in regulation and then kick the winner in overtime.

A petition posted at Change.org called for the NFL to consider a rematch next week.

“Due to refs’ inability to properly officiate at the game, we the undersigned want a re-match against L.A. on Sunday, Jan. 27,” the petition reads. “It’s the only fair solution to this travesty of epic proportions.”

As of 11:45 a.m. Monday, more than 187,580 people signed the petition.

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