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Referees Appear To Miss Huge Penalty In Rams-Saints

a wideshot of the new orleans saints' stadium against the rams

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 20: The New Orleans Saints kickoff to the Los Angeles Rams during the first quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

We've entered the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game between the New Orleans Saints and the Los Angeles Rams.

Of course, the final quarter of the Saints-Rams contest began with controversy.

The Rams' defense forced the Saints' offense to punt to begin the fourth quarter, but the referees appeared to miss a blatant penalty on the third down attempt.

Los Angeles' secondary likely should've been called for defensive holding on the Saints' third down attempt.

No flags were thrown.

It was a big miss.

The Saints' defense ended up holding strong on the other end, though, forcing a punt by the Rams, so no damage was done.

New Orleans is currently leading Los Angeles, 20-17, a couple of minutes into the fourth quarter.

The winner of this afternoon's contest will advance to the Super Bowl to take on either the New England Patriots or the Kansas City Chiefs, who are playing in the AFC Championship Game later this evening.

The Chiefs-Patriots game will kick off at 6:40 p.m. E.T. on CBS.

The finish of this afternoon's Rams-Saints game can be seen on FOX.