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NFL Insider Has Update On Potential Pass Interference Reviews

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)

The NFL is still dealing with the fallout from the non-call in Sunday's NFC Championship Game between the New Orleans Saints and Los Angeles Rams. Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman's hit on Tommylee Lewis should have been called a penalty but it wasn't.

While the refs swallowing their whistles on this play wasn't the only reason the Saints lost, it definitely contributed greatly to their demise. Saints fans are still steaming, so much so that a civil suit has been filed on their behalf by a New Orleans lawyer attempting to get the NFL to re-play the game.

That lawsuit presumably won't go far, but the NFL is reportedly looking into some changes regarding how it handles pass interference penalties. The league is considering making pass interference reviewable.

If this change is implemented, it might open up a whole Pandora's Box of other issues for the league, but it wouldn't have saved the Saints on Sunday. According to NFL.com's Judy Battista and NFL Network's Steve Wyche, non-calls would not be subject to review.

It would leave "too much open to judgment," Battista wrote on Twitter.

Personally, I lean on the side of the positives of replay outweighing the negatives. Sure, it can be cumbersome and tedious at times, but getting calls right, especially in key spots, is the most important thing.

However, pass interference being reviewable might be taking things a step too far. You don't want to take the entire human element out of the game, nor do you want to open yourself up to other penalties being reviewed as well.