National Football League playoff ‘do-over’ lawsuit moved to federal court

Tuesday, 29 Jan, 2019

U.S. District Judge Susie Morgan was to meet with attorneys for the National Football League and two New Orleans Saints season ticket holders Monday evening.

There is another piece of drama being added to the controversy surrounding the January 20 NFC Championship Game and the non-pass interference call against the Los Angeles Rams late in the fourth quarter of the victory over the New Orleans Saints. The entire fan base is up in arms over the NFL's decision not to replay the game following the officiating gaffe which effectively cost the Saints the game.

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A group of Saints fans suing the National Football League to force a do-over of the NFC title game appear to be pulling out all of the stops to get their wish.

Attorney Frank D'Amico, who filed the lawsuit two days after the championship game, said that, while the lawsuit recounts damages suffered by Saints fans, it doesn't specifically ask for monetary compensation. Plaintiffs want it in state court. As a result, conspiracy theorists and fans alike have been popping up, demanding Roger Goodell invoke a rarely known rulebook and overturn the outcome of the game. "It was a judgment call by the covering official", he said at the time.

One video captured a student asking Vinovich if the play was a pass interference, and Vinovich brushed the question off, refusing to give an answer. "They have done their due diligence".

"The NFL put in a bad situation", one officiating source told ESPN, per Schefter.

Drew Brees threw a pass towards Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis, who was flattened by Rams' cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who made helmet-to-helmet contact before the ball had even reached Lewis.

"Overruling the Referee on the field and directing that a penalty be called is not within the Commissioner's discretion under NFL Rules 15, 17, or any rule", the document states.