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Petition for NFC Championship Game rematch surpasses half a million signatures




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)

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – A controversial ending to the NFC Championship Game has launched a change.org petition for a rematch.

After rallying from an early 13-0 deficit, the Rams stunned the New Orleans Saints with Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal in overtime for a 26-23 victory in the NFC championship game Sunday – an outcome that might not have been Los Angeles cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman hit helmet-to-helmet on Tommylee Lewis well before the pass arrived inside the 5, forcing the Saints to settle for Wil Lutz's 31-yard field goal that made it 23-20 with 1:41 left in regulation.

“Due to refability to properly officiate at the game on Sunday, Jan. 27, "the petition reads.

" It's the only fair solution to this travesty of epic proportions, "Terry Cassreino writes.

The Mississippi Clarion-Ledger reports the petition was started by a journalism teacher at St. Joseph Catholic School who is a native of New Orleans.

According to NFL rules, a rematch could technically happen.

Rule 17, Section 2, Article 3 states:

"The Commissioner's powers in this Section 2 include the imposition of monetary fines and draft- choice forfeitures, suspension of persons involved in unfair acts, and, if appropriate, the reversal of a game's result or the rescheduling of a game, either from the beginning or from the point where the extraordinary act occurred. ” [19659004] Whether the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would actually invoke the rule remains to be seen.

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