Michael Thomas is diving deep into the NFL rule book hoping for a late Hail Mary.
Still clearly upset with the brutal blown call in Sunday’s NFC Championship, the Saints wide receiver tweeted in the early hours of Monday morning, “Rule 17 Section 2 Article 3 @NFL,” with a broken heart and and Fleur-de-lis emoji.
That article is labeled, “Penalties for unfair acts,” and states that the commissioner has the power to impose “the reversal of a game’s result or the rescheduling of a game, either from the beginning or from the point at which the extraordinary act occurred.”
The lack of a pass-interference call late in the fourth quarter could certainly be described as unfair or extraordinary. With the game tied 20-20, 1:49 left, the Saints at the Los Angeles 13-yard line and the Rams down to one timeout, Drew Brees threw a third-and-10 pass to Tommylee Lewis. Before he had a chance to catch it, he was drilled by Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, and the pass fell incomplete with flags nowhere to be seen.
The Saints — who could have drained the clock all the way down to seconds left before kicking a game-winning field goal had a pass interference been called — went on to lose, 26-23 in overtime.
Saints coach Sean Payton said after the game that the league office already had called him and admitted the blown call, but that’s likely as far as it will go.
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