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Following a missed penalty in one conference championship game and a slew of questionable ones in the other, the Patriots and Rams will meet in the Super Bowl for the first time since 2002.
And, while it’s a tantalizing match-up both because of the teams themselves and the historical context of the game, it’s a confrontation no one outside of LA and New England wants to see.
The Patriots have gone to three in a row and played in four of the last five. And, while they’ve only gone 2-1, no one outside of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, and parts of Connecticut wants to see the Pats play on February 3 in Atlanta.
New England was able to advance against Kansas City partially thanks to an offsides call that, while correct, negated a huge interception that would have won the game for the Chiefs.
And the way Los Angeles advanced to the Super Bowl is even worse.
With the scored tied at 20, Rams corner Nickell Robey-Coleman leveled Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis on a third-and-10 play on the LA 13 with 1:49 left in the fourth quarter. But, there was no call and the course of the game was changed and New Orleans went on to lose in overtime.
Nickell Robey-Coleman post-game: "Oh, hell yeah…I whacked his ass"
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) January 21, 2019
— Postgame Central (@PostgameCentral) January 21, 2019
Sure, it is isn’t actually the Rams fault that they got the call and the Saints still could have won the game, but the non-call did taint the win.
And, it will cast a shadow on the Super Bowl … but no one in LA or New England will care. Too bad for everyone else.Read the full story at the Wall Street Journal