Dear Commissioner: make it right!

On Sunday, the New Orleans Saints lost an overtime battle to the Los Angeles Rams due in large part to a terrible defensive pass interference no-call. Had that crucial call been made, the Saints would have run down the clock and either kicked a field goal or scored a touchdown while leaving little time for the Rams to respond.

There was no question whether or not it was pass interference. Even the corner who committed the penalty, Nickell Robey-Coleman, said, “Ah yeah, that was PI.”

The missed call possibly cost the Saints a Super Bowl appearance, but not all hope is yet lost as two obscure rules have come to light following the outrage.

NFL Rule 17, Section 2, Article 1 states: “The Commissioner has the sole authority to investigate and take appropriate disciplinary and/or corrective measures if any club action, non-participant interference, or calamity occurs in an NFL game which he deems so extraordinarily unfair or outside the accepted tactics encountered in professional football that such action has a major effect on the result of the game.”

NFL Rule 17, Section 2, Article 3 states: “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.”

These rules give NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell four options. He can ignore it and allow the outrage to continue, send the Saints straight to the Super Bowl, have the NFC Championship be replayed from the beginning, or recreate the situation by having the NFC Championship be replayed from the moment the call was missed and give the Saints a first down at the spot of the foul.

Obviously, the best option to make things right would be to use the fourth option. This would mean Rams fans couldn’t call bias, and the Saints get the second chance they deserve.

So, Mr. Goodell, NFL fans around the world are depending on you to make the right choice.