Skip to main content

Why FOX Had To Cut Away During The Saints' First Drive

Michael Thomas celebrating for the Saints.

BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 21: Wide Receiver Michael Thomas #13 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after catching a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on October 21, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

It appears that FOX is really going all-out to ensure the NFC Championship Game is a family-friendly affair.

During the New Orleans Saints' opening drive of the game, the broadcast randomly cut away from the action after Saints receiver Michael Thomas was tackled. Immediately, an outside shot of the Superdome from a drone or blimp camera appeared on screen.

At first glance, it might have appeared to just be technical difficulties. However, a closer look reveals it was likely intentional.

It turns out that Thomas' bare backside was briefly exposed at the end of the play. That appears to be why the camera cut away.

As you might imagine, social media is enjoying this. It seems a little over-the-top from FOX but funny nonetheless.

As for the on-field action, the Saints took the opening kickoff and marched downfield, finishing the drive off with a Will Lutz field goal.

After Demario Davis intercepted a Jared Goff pass that went through the hands of Todd Gurley, the Saints took over with excellent field position. However, the Rams defense stiffened, limiting New Orleans to a second Lutz field goal.

Right now, the Saints lead 6-0 early in the first quarter. You can watch on FOX.