The Los Angeles Rams are gearing up for a Super Bowl contest against the New England Patriots after taking down the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday afternoon. Despite the team’s focus being on the Patriots, every headline relating to the Rams revolves around a non-call during the game against the Saints.
Rams corner Nickell Robey-Coleman hit Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis before the ball got to him, but no penalty flag was thrown on the play. Despite an obvious blown call, the NFL remained quiet, not addressing the incident that may have cost the Saints a shot at the Super Bowl.
Until now, that is.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL handed down a fine to Robey-Coleman. With the fine, the NFL is basically admitting fault on the non-call.
NFL made an unofficial statement on the hit that Rams' CB Nickell Robey-Coleman delivered on Saints' WR Tommylee Lewis.
NFL fined Robey-Coleman the amount of $26,739 for the helmet-to-helmet that was not flagged during the NFC Championship Game, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 25, 2019
While the fine shows Saints fans they were right to complain about the call, there’s no reprieve from the anger they feel after a blown call kept their team out of the Super Bowl. This may be the closest the NFL gets to an apology for Saints fans.
Instead, the Rams will take on the New England Patriots for the title. The Super Bowl kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS.