NFL Rulebook Could Allow Saints In The Super Bowl


NFL Rulebook Could Allow Saints In The Super Bowl

By James Jackson

January 21, 2019

Following the Saints vs Rams 2019 NFC championship game, there was an obvious missed pass interference call on the Rams on a key third down drive for the Saints. With that pass interference not being called, the Rams would be able to kick a game tying field goal which would put the game in overtime. The Rams would be declared the winner and would advance to the Super Bowl. The decision was final right? Wrong.


Per the NFL Rulebook, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell can reverse the ending of the game.


RULE 17, SECTION 2, ARTICLE 3:

“The Commissioner’s powers under this Section 2 include the imposition of monetary fines and draft-choice forfeitures, suspension of persons involved in unfair acts, and, if appropriate, 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. In the event of rescheduling a game, the Commissioner will be guided by the procedures specified in 17-1-5–11, above. In all cases, the Commissioner will conduct a full investigation, including the opportunity for hearings, use of game video, and any other procedure the Commissioner deems appropriate.”


With this rule, Commissioner Goodell has the authority to reverse the decision or start the game from the exact moment the missed penalty occurred. If Goodell were to do that, the Saints would have the ball on a fresh set of downs with just a little over a minute remaining. That would allow the Saints Quarterback Drew Brees to take a knee and run out the clock, ultimately taking the Saints to the Super Bowl.


Whether or not Roger Goodell would act on this is out of anyone’s hands except his, however for the Saints fans there is a way they could make it to the big game.


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