Even the Saints fans who paid through the nose to attend Super Bowl LIII aren’t going to give the NFL any rest over the officiating in the controversial NFC Championship Game.
Prior to the game, an image was revealed on Twitter showing two Saints fans wearing jerseys, one of which said “Screwed” and the other which said, “Over.”
The image has quickly gone viral as the so-called “Boycott Bowl” down in New Orleans presses on.
Saints fans at the Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/PWS2kmI8IS
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 3, 2019
For those who don’t recall, the New Orleans Saints fanbase has been in an uproar for the better part of two weeks after questionable officiating in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game essentially cost them a shot at the Super Bowl.
The biggest source of the controversy came in the final two minutes, when Rams defensive back Nickell Bradley-Roby was draped over Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis, forcing an incompletion on a play that should have drawn a flag.
No flag was thrown though, and the Saints settled for a field goal that the Rams would match on their ensuing drive to force overtime.
In overtime, Saints quarterback Drew Brees threw an interception which set up the Rams for a game-winning field goal that kicker Greg Zuerlein converted from 57 yards out.
The NFL did not formally respond to any of the concerns over the game until NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke at his “State of the Union Address” during Media Week.