Despite an NFL-best 13-3 record and a former Super Bowl coach and quarterback running the team, the New Orleans Saints missed out on the Super Bowl after falling to the Los Angeles Rams in the NFC Championship Game.
For anyone who watched the NFC Championship Game, the scapegoat has been pretty easy for Saints fans to identify: the NFL referees.
Specifically, a controversial non-call on a blatant pass interference play held the Saints to a field goal on their final offensive drive.
Fans quickly took to Twitter to express their collective outrage, as did many pundits:
After the Saints kicked a field goal to take a lead with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Rams quarterback Jared Goff promptly led the team down the field for a game-tying field goal.
In overtime, Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw a rare interception on the team's first drive.
The Rams only need a few yards to set up Greg Zuerlein for a 57-yard field goal, which he knocked through with ease.
For the Saints, the loss marks their first home playoff loss since Drew Brees and Sean Payton joined the team in 2006.
Suffice it to say, the officials who missed the pass interference call on Tommylee Lewis might want to avoid the city of New Orleans for a little while.