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Yes, the Rams got away with a ‘Super Bowl’ call — and no, they don’t care if the Saints or anyone else knows .
NEW ORLEANS — The first thing Nickell Robey-Coleman heard — other than his head smashing into the helmet of New Orleans Saints wideout Tommylee Lewis — was the collective explosion from the lungs of the crowd inside the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The Los Angeles Rams cornerback had left his coverage, laid a hit on Lewis and figured that regardless of the penalty, he had at least prevented a certain touchdown.
“I just heard the crowd go crazy and I was like, ‘Aw, this is a flag,’” Robey-Coleman said roughly one hour after the play that arguably eliminated the Saints from a Super Bowl appearance. “… I didn’t look back at the ball. I didn’t play the ball.”
It was third-and-10 at the Rams 13. New Orleans was poised to take a lead on a field goal or touchdown. And the Rams had blown coverage and left Lewis open on the sideline.
So Robey-Coleman broke off Saints running back Alvin Kamara to lay a desperate hit and hope to salvage something. He made helmet-to-helmet contact and got to Lewis far too early, leading Saints coach Sean Payton to sprint down his own sideline toward the play screaming for the call.
Inexplicably, no flag came, leaving Payton to yell at an official on the sideline “That’s a Super Bowl call!”
Payton was right. It was a Super Bowl call. One that went in favor of the Rams for reasons that remained nebulous to everyone in the building. Including the guy at the center of it. An hour later, Robey-Coleman still wasn’t entirely sure why he had gotten away with it. Not that he cared.