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NFL Referees Address Controversial No-Call In Saints-Rams

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 20: Head coach Sean Payton of the New Orleans Saints reacts against 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 Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The NFL's referees have addressed the controversial no-call at the end of the fourth quarter of the Los Angeles Rams-New Orleans Saints NFC Championship Game.

The Rams appeared to commit pass interference on a Saints' third down attempt late in the fourth quarter, but no flag was thrown.

New Orleans' sideline went berserk at the missed call and Sean Payton didn't stop complaining to the refs until long after the game had ended.

The Saints fell to the Rams, 26-23, in overtime.

An NFL referee met with a pool reporter after this evening's game to discuss the controversial missed call.

NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport tweeted out the transcript:

The NFL, meanwhile, apparently admitted to Payton that the call was blown. The Saints' head coach told reporters after the game that he called the league and was told that there should've been a flag thrown. "Just getting off the phone with the league office ... they blew the call," Payton said.

The Rams' cornerback who committed the no-call penalty admitted there should've been a flag thrown, too.

"Oh, hell yeah," he said. "That was PI."

Alas, the Rams are moving on to the Super Bowl and the Saints are going home.