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ESPN's Adam Schefter Has New Update On Saints-Rams Officiating Controversy

the controversial uncalled pass interference penalty for the hit on Tommylee Lewis during Los Angeles Rams vs. New Orleans Saints in 2018.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 20: Tommylee Lewis #11 of the New Orleans Saints drops a pass broken up by Nickell Robey-Coleman #23 of the Los Angeles Rams during the fourth quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter had a new update on the officiating controversy in the Los Angeles Rams-New Orleans Saints NFC Championship Game this afternoon.

The ESPN insider is reporting that some within the NFL are "concerned" that four of the referees from the NFC Championship Game have strong Southern California ties.

In the latest twist to the simmering controversy from last Sunday's NFC Championship Game, there is some concern in league circles about the NFL's judgment in allowing four game officials who live in Southern California to work the game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints, league sources told ESPN.

Those same four officials -- all with long ties to Southern California -- were the ones most responsible for the non-call on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman's early, helmet-to-helmet hit on Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis. The league admitted to the Saints that it "f---ed up the call," according to sources.

The Saints and their fans are still upset about the no-call on the blatant pass interference late in the fourth quarter.

One Saints fan has put up billboards in Atlanta ahead of the Super Bowl and another New Orleans bar will be boycotting the game.

Schefter, though, says the Saints do not believe that the NFL referees being from Southern California impacted their decision making.

"The Saints and other officials not involved in the game do not believe that these officials' geographical ties influenced their non-call. Officiating assignments are communicated to clubs on Monday, and there were no complaints from either the Rams or Saints in advance, according to a league source," Schefter reports.

Still, this controversy could lead the NFL to handling its officiating assignments differently in the future.

It ultimately could wind up influencing officiating assignments in the future, according to a league source, making sure that a scenario like this does not happen again.

The Super Bowl, meanwhile, is set to kick off at 6:30 p.m. E.T. next Sunday. The game will be televised on CBS.