It’s not truly a playoff game in the Superdome unless the Saints are getting screwed by the refs.
Did the New Orleans Saints really play a playoff game if there wasn’t a controversial call by the officials?
The streak of frustration on the bayou continued Wild Card weekend when the Saints were seemingly once again on the wrong end of a bad call by the refs. The error wasn’t nearly asb bad as the infamous non-call of pass interference in the NFC Championship Game, but that’s the wound that gets picked and salted anytime a bad call is made.
And it appears that was the case late in the second quarter of the Saints playoff game against the Bears on Sunday.
New Orleans thought it had returned a David Montgomery fumble for a touchdown, but officials had other plans.
Did Saints get screwed by refs on fumble call?
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The question was whether or not Montgomery made a football move, which would have made it a fumble. In real time it looked like too much of a bang-bang play to make a definitive ruling, but further review seemed to show Montgomery turning up field and then losing the ball — which would mean it’s a fumble and a touchdown return for the Saints.
That’s not what officials thought.
The call on the field ruled the play dead as an incomplete pass, and further review by officials in New Orleans and those back in New York seemed to confirm that.
What it did was wipe a touchdown off the board that likely would have put the Bears away before halftime. Ultimately, if the Saints are one bad call away from beating Chicago then they’re in much rougher shape than we thought. But it’s less about beating the Bears and more about how the Saints can’t ever catch a break with officials and if there’s a bad shake to be had, New Orleans will be on the wrong side of it.