Yes, the Los Angeles Rams got a blatant foul (or two) from cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman that allowed them to sneak out of New Orleans with the NFC championship, Just past the sign indicating the highway on the roadway overlooking Lake Pontchartrain: We were stolen. "
Yes, the Patriots won in Kansas City thanks to four critical calls against New England in the fourth quarter, including three unsure: a reversal of Julian Edelman's phantom repeat, a spooky call against Chris Jones and Chris Hogan grabbed a hand-supporting catch with a little help from the ground.
The fourth flag was indisputable: Dee Ford lined up in the neutral zone, canceling the decisive interception of Charvarius Ward, the rookie cornerback with 55 seconds to go and Kansas City in front of the 28-24.
"I thought the match was over," said Daniel Sorensen, chief of security. "And that was not the case."
As the Saints did when Tommylee Lewis was blatantly interfered with in the 5-yard Los Angeles line by Robey-Coleman, whose helmet-helmet strike did not pull the flag, but will surely result in a hefty fine .
"I thought it was a flag for that split second," acknowledged Robey-Coleman, who was as surprised as everyone when two officials close to the game said that he "s sure he's a flag for that split second," said Robey-Coleman. had an incomplete pass for the third goal at 1:45 of the end of the match and tied. at 20 years.
"I knew that if it had been a flag, they would probably have scored in the next game," Robey-Coleman said.
The call kept the Rams nearby while New Orleans was gearing up for an investment for the next game. Greg Zuerlein made it equal to the settlement with a 48-yard run and a taken in overtime with a 57-yard goal, two placements that would likely never have occurred. if Robey-Coleman had been reported to have scrambled Lewis well before the arrival of the ball.
On Monday, receiver Michael Thomas asked NFL commissioner Roger Goodell to cancel the match, citing an NFL rule that "cancels or postpones a match." from the beginning or the end. where the extraordinary is produced.
The league has never invoked the rule to reverse the outcome of a match.
The George Halas and Lamar Hunt trophies may be spoiled by the negative reactions to the officiating blunders, but they are not entirely tarnished by the strategy and execution that have as much to do with the results of these additional thrillers than the yellow flags that have been or have been lost. t thrown.
The Rams (15-3) caught up on a double-digit deficit, defeating the Saints 26-23 in overtime, because they abided by the plan and did not panic after losing 13- 0 in the first quarter and 20-10 in the third quarter.
After conceding only 5 yards in the first quarter when nothing had happened, the Rams recovered on a false punt and reduced New Orleans' lead to 13-10 in the middle. -time.
"Our team has shown great mental strength," said Rams coach Sean McVay. "It was a difficult start, but I thought the way (quarterback Jared Goff) had played and managed the noise was outstanding."
The Rams dominated the Saints 16-3 in the far right.
The Patriots (13-5) defeated the Chiefs 37-31 in the fourth quarter with the support of Patrick Mahomes and beat the Chiefs 37-31 in overtime because Tom Brady was barely touched, aside from the penalty kick. Jones shoulder that officials thought had hit him in the game. mask.
New England's beleaguered offensive line did not give the Chiefs a single bag, whose 52 sacks in the regular season were tied with the Steelers for the lead of the championship and rushed Andrew Luck a week earlier and fired it three times.
Brady "played well," said Patriots coach Bill Belichick, for what, the 1,000th time? "They played a lot in the men's blanket and it was either a good win or an unfinished one. … They gave us a little bit of haste and there was a lot of rush to four with Justin Houston, Chris Jones and Dee Ford. These are difficult confrontations. I thought that they had done well to stand up to these guys and give Tom a chance to deliver the ball. "
In overtime, Brady, who made 90 assists in the playoffs and was not sacked once, converted a trio of games into three assists and 10 assists on the winning touchdown.
"Brady's gotten rid of the ball quickly," Jones said. "We did not have a quarter as we usually do."
So, the Patriots rushed for 176 yards and Brady threw for 348.
Dominating possession time – from 44 minutes to 21 minutes – Brady and the Patriots kept Mahomes, Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill on the sidelines for most of the freezing night.
"You play on the road, it's going to be tough," said Brady. "What travels well is to run the ball and play hard. It's good in all weather, all conditions, all environments and all stages. "