Former Oakland Raiders cornerback Charles Woodson has a message for those telling quarterback Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints to “get over” a non-call in the NFC Championship Sunday afternoon.
“I want all the people that tell me to get over the #tuckrule to tell drew Bree’s (sic) and the @Saints to get over that pass interference that wasn’t called that would have most likely ended the game in a saints win,” Woodson tweeted after the Los Angeles Rams edged the Saints in overtime to advance to the Super Bowl. “I’ll wait.”
I want all the people that tell me to get over the #tuckrule to tell drew Bree’s and the @Saints to get over that pass interference that wasn’t called that would have most likely ended the game in a saints win. I’ll wait
— Charles Woodson (@CharlesWoodson) January 20, 2019
With the score tied at 20 apiece and less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the Saints had 3rd-and-10 on the Rams’ 13-yard line. Brees targeted wide receiver Tommylee Lewis for the first down, but Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman clobbered Lewis before the ball arrived. No flag was thrown on the play, though coach Sean Payton and others were asking for pass interference. A first down would have given the Saints a new set of downs, allowing them to continue their drive for either a touchdown or a field goal with less time on the clock.
Instead, New Orleans kicked a field goal with one minute and 41 seconds remaining. Quarterback Jared Goff and the Rams proceeded to even the score to force overtime and went on to win the game on a 57-yard field goal.
“They blew the call,” Payton told reporters after the game.
— Kevin Boilard (@247KevinBoilard) January 20, 2019
Woodson, of course, has experienced similar frustration with the referees. With under two minutes remaining in the Raiders’ 2001 divisional-round against the Patriots, Woodson had seemingly sacked Brady for a fumble. The ruling, however, was overruled due to what is now known as the “Tuck Rule.” New England maintained possession and went on to force overtime after a 45-yard field goal from Adam Vinatieri. Vinatieri also hit the game-winner in overtime.
During the Kansas City Chiefs-Indianapolis Colts divisional-round game last week, Vinatieri, now with the Colts, missed a 23-yard chip shot in wintry conditions. Woodson made another reference to the “Tuck Rule” game.
Now he misses in the snow
— Charles Woodson (@CharlesWoodson) January 12, 2019