NFL: Pass interference is now reviewable

After what we saw in last season’s NFC Championship Game, you knew what happened today was inevitable. The NFL has now made pass interference a reviewable play.

According to the NFL, any pass interference (offensive or defensive), called or not called, can be reviewed by replay. Coaches will still be allowed two challenges, and just like in previous years, if both challenges are successful, teams will get a third challenge.

Last season, in the NFC Championship Game, the Saints’ Drew Brees tried to connect with Tommylee Lewis, but before Lewis could make the reception, he was hit by the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman, which appeared to be a blatant pass interference call, but no flags were thrown. This no-call caused a huge uproar and is the main reason pass interference is now a reviewable play.

Here are the following plays that can be reviewed:

ARTICLE 5. REVIEWABLE PLAYS. The Replay System will cover the following play situations:

      (a) Plays involving possession.

      (b) Plays involving touching of either the ball or the ground.

      (c) Plays governed by the goal line.

      (d) Plays governed by the boundary lines.

      (e) Plays governed by the line of scrimmage.

      (f) Plays governed by the line to gain.

      (g) Number of players on the field at the snap, even when a foul is not called.

      (h) Game administration:

            (1) Penalty enforcement.

            (2) Proper down.

            (3) Spot of a foul.

            (4) Status of the game clock.

      (i) Disqualification of a player.

      (j) Pass interference, called or not called (offensive or defensive) (See Rule 8, Section 5, Articles 1-4).

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HOF Roaf on Super Bowl 53: ‘I think we gotta put an asterisk next to that one’

For some, Super Bowl 53 was not very exciting, in fact, some people were bored by what they watched in Atlanta. In a game that saw the Rams have more punts(9) than points, the Patriots would defeat Los Angeles 13-3 in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in NFL history.

While all eyes were on the big game in Atlanta, many fans in New Orleans refused to watch because they felt jobbed by the NFL after a missed pass interference call late in the NFC title game against the Rams, and according to nola.com, last year’s Super Bowl earned a rating of 53 in New Orleans, while Super Bowl 53 earned a 26.2 rating in the “Big Easy,” which is a clear indication that Saints fans were not interested in watching.

Hall of Famer Willie Roaf, who started his career with the Saints and played nine seasons in New Orleans, thinks the Saints not playing in Super Bowl 53 took away from the game.

“I think it lost its luster,” Roaf told Paul Gant and the Go4it podcast. “I think a lot of people feel the way I feel that they don’t count it as a Super Bowl because the Saints should have been there, and the way that game was played, even made that more apparent they(Rams) shouldn’t have been there. The Rams had a great year; they stepped it up in the playoffs, but a lot of people feel the same way I feel. They’re really not thinking of counting that(Super Bowl), especially in New Orleans. You go anywhere in New Orleans, and they are not counting that as the Super Bowl. They’re not; they think the Saints got screwed out of it.”

Because the Saints were not there, Roaf believes that people should put an asterisk next to the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl 53.

“I think we gotta put an asterisk next to that one,” Roaf added. “That’s six, but the way they won that, I think there is an asterisk next to that Super Bowl.”

Missed calls happen in the NFL, but we still have to give the Patriots their proper respect for winning Super Bowl 53. Maybe the Saints beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl, but no matter how anyone feels, the Patriots are the world champs, and there is nothing we can do about it.

Listen to the interview below with Roaf at 16:50 as he talks Super Bowl 53:

 

Payton: League officials confirm missed pass interference call(VIDEO)

The New Orleans Saints will remember this NFC title game against the Rams for a long time. With the game tied at 20 late in the fourth quarter, the Saints had the ball deep in Rams’ territory. In maybe the biggest play of the game, Brees would try to connect with Tommylee Lewis, but before Lewis could make the reception, he was hit by the Rams’ Nickell Robey-Coleman, which appeared to be an obvious pass interference call, but no flags were thrown.

Ultimately, the Saints would lose to the Rams in OT 26-23. With the victory, the Rams advance to Super Bowl 53 in Atlanta.

After the game, Payton confirmed that he talked to the league office, who confirmed that pass interference should have been called.

Take a listen:

Listen to Go4it! Guest: Hall of Famer Willie Roaf

We will be talking sports and having fun doing it! We will be joined by Hall of Famer Willie Roaf, who will discuss the AFC & NFC Championship Games and more! Who will win? Roaf will let you know. Should be an exciting weekend for Roaf since he played for both the Saints and Chiefs.

Show starts today at 2-pmest

 

 

Saints targeted Fletcher Cox on fake punt(VIDEO)

Philadelphia Eagles All-Pro Fletcher Cox is one of the best defensive tackles in football, so you would think teams would try to steer clear of him. However, the Saints saw something on film that would benefit them against the Eagles on Sunday.

With the Saints trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, things were getting desperate, so Sean Payton and the Saints decided to call a fake punt on 4th and 1 in their own territory, and fortunately for New Orleans, it worked. The snap went to backup QB Taysom Hill who would run for one of the biggest first downs of the season.

Interesting enough, New Orleans noticed against the Bears in the wild-card round that Cox was slow to get off the ball when he was in on punt coverage, which is one of the reasons they called the fake punt in that situation.

The Saints would go on to defeat the Eagles 20-14, and now they host the Rams with a chance to go to the Super Bowl, but if that play does not happen, the Eagles might be traveling to Los Angeles to play the Rams this weekend.

Watch below as the Saints explain why they went at Cox:

Saints mock Eagles by wearing ski-masks(VIDEO)

The New Orleans Saints are moving on after beating the Philadelphia Eagles 20-14 on Sunday. The Saints will not host the Rams in the NFC title game next Sunday.

After the game, the Saints decided to troll the Eagles. You see, after each turnover, a member of the Eagles’ defense wears a ski-mask.

Well, after their win on Sunday, the Saints’ Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara decided to put on ski-masks.

Take a look:

Saints QB Drew Brees tops Pro Bowl voting by fans

New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES received 1,270,631 total fan votes to lead all NFL players in balloting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon. Fan voting ended on Thursday, December 13.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (1,197,370 votes) ranked second overall, while New York Giants rookie running back SAQUON BARKLEY (987,562 votes), Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY (957,052 votes) and Rams quarterback JARED GOFF (838,561 votes) rounded out the top five.

Seven of the top 10 vote getters – Mahomes, Barkley, Goff, Dallas Cowboys running back EZEKIEL ELLIOTT,Pittsburgh Steelers running back JAMES CONNER, New Orleans Saints running back ALVIN KAMARA and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver TYREEK HILL – are currently in their first, second or third NFL season. Additionally, nine first-or-second year players currently lead their conference in votes received at their respective positions.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 18 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET.

Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. NFL players and coaches cast their votes on Friday, December 14.

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC – the second time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks, and the first time that the game is being televised on Disney XD.

Tickets to the game are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. New this year, tickets will also grant fans special benefits on gameday, including AFC & NFC seating sections, player red carpet viewing, special kid zone activities and postgame fireworks.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS. NAME TEAM VOTES
QB Drew Brees New Orleans 1,270,631
QB Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 1,197,370
RB Saquon Barkley New York Giants 987,562
RB Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 957,052
QB Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 838,561
RB Ezekiel Elliott Dallas 827,888
RB James Conner Pittsburgh 817,495
WR Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 778,630
RB Alvin Kamara New Orleans 776,846
WR Tyreek Hill Kansas City 753,981


AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES
QB AFC Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City 1,197,370 DE AFC J.J. Watt, Houston 547,364
QB NFC Drew Brees, New Orleans 1,270,631 DE NFC Demarcus Lawrence, Dallas 362,135
RB AFC James Conner, Pittsburgh 817,495 DT AFC Geno Atkins, Cincinnati 309,980
RB NFC Saquon Barkley, NY Giants 987,562 DT NFC Aaron Donald, LA Rams 505,207
FB AFC Anthony Sherman, Kansas City 231,804 OLB AFC Von Miller, Denver 413,057
FB NFC Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 564,873 OLB NFC Khalil Mack, Chicago 577,100
WR AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 778,630 ILB AFC Vince Williams, Pittsburgh 119,985
WR NFC Odell Beckham, Jr., NY Giants 688,760 ILB NFC Luke Kuechly, Carolina 350,604
TE AFC Travis Kelce, Kansas City 745,416 CB AFC Denzel Ward, Cleveland 362,185
TE NFC Zach Ertz, Philadelphia 648,992 CB NFC Kyle Fuller, Chicago 377,687
T AFC Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh 276,378 SS AFC Jamal Adams, NY Jets 249,348
T NFC Terron Armstead, New Orleans 346,860 SS NFC Adrian Amos, Chicago 213,632
G AFC David DeCastro, Pittsburgh 334,644 FS AFC Derwin James, LA Chargers 165,153
G NFC Zack Martin, Dallas 379,700 FS NFC Eddie Jackson, Chicago 311,301
C AFC Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 311,838 P AFC Britton Colquitt, Cleveland 179,390
C NFC Max Unger, New Orleans 339,631 P NFC Michael Dickson, Seattle 171,010
K AFC Adam Vinatieri, Indianapolis 161,752 ST AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 126,957
K NFC Wil Lutz, New Orleans 195,895 ST NFC Mark Nzeocha, San Francisco 183,150
RS AFC Tyreek Hill, Kansas City 243,384
RS NFC Tarik Cohen, Chicago 266,516

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences and activities to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl Practices, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, NFL FLAG Championships Powered By USA Football and Play Football Celebrity Flag Game.

Brees leading the fan vote for the Pro Bowl

As fan voting enters its final week, New Orleans Saints quarterback DREW BREES, with 950,818 votes, leads all players in balloting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon.

Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES (884,888 votes) ranks second overall, while Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY (747,516 votes), New York Giants rookie running back SAQUON BARKLEY (718,108 votes) and Pittsburgh running back JAMES CONNER (664,897 votes) round out the top five.

Six of the top 10 vote getters – Mahomes, Conner, Barkley, Los Angeles Rams quarterback JARED GOFF, New Orleans Saints running back ALVIN KAMARA and Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver TYREEK HILL – are currently in their first, second or third NFL season. Additionally, nine first-or-second year players currently lead their conference in votes received at their respective positions.

Fan voting for the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will continue online and on web-enabled mobile phones atNFL.com/ProBowlVote until Thursday, December 13.

Through the end of the voting period on December 13, fans will also be able to vote directly on Twitter. To cast such a vote, fans should tweet the first and last name of the player, the player’s official Twitter handle, or a hashtag including the player’s first and last name. All three of these methods must include the hashtag: #ProBowlVote. Voting via Twitter is in addition to the online ballot at NFL.com/ProBowlVote, which will be available throughout the entire voting period.

Fans are able to vote as many times as they like through both NFL.com/ProBowlVote or directly on twitter.

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET, will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and simulcast on ABC – the second time the game will be available on both broadcast and cable networks, and the first time that the game is being televised on Disney XD.

Tickets to the game are on sale at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale. New this year, tickets will also grant fans special benefits on gameday, including AFC & NFC seating sections, player red carpet viewing, special kid zone activities and postgame fireworks.

Players for the game are determined by the consensus votes of fans, players and coaches. Each group’s vote counts one-third toward determining the 88 All-Star players who will be selected to the Pro Bowl. NFL players and coaches will cast their votes on Friday, December 14.

Pro Bowl rosters will be announced on Tuesday, December 18 live on NFL Network’s Pro Bowl special “NFL Total Access: Pro Bowl Players Revealed” at 8:00 PM ET. The NFL is the only sports league that combines voting by fans, coaches and players to determine its All-Star teams. It was also the first professional sports league to offer online all-star voting in 1995.

NFL PRO BOWL TOP-10 VOTE-GETTERS

POS. NAME TEAM VOTES
QB Drew Brees New Orleans 950,818
QB Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 884,888
RB Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 747,516
RB Saquon Barkley New York Giants 718,108
RB James Conner Pittsburgh 664,897
QB Jared Goff Los Angeles Rams 658,150
WR Antonio Brown Pittsburgh 630,392
RB Alvin Kamara New Orleans 582,550
WR Tyreek Hill Kansas City 560,994
TE Travis Kelce Kansas City 551,249

AFC & NFC LEADING VOTE-GETTERS BY POSITION

POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES POS. CONF. NAME, TEAM VOTES
QB AFC Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City 884,888 DE AFC J.J. Watt, Houston 405,878
QB NFC Drew Brees, New Orleans 950,818 DE NFC Danielle Hunter, Minnesota 278,267
RB AFC James Conner, Pittsburgh 664,897 DT AFC Geno Atkins, Cincinnati 242,851
RB NFC Todd Gurley, LA Rams 747,516 DT NFC Aaron Donald, LA Rams 385,591
FB AFC Anthony Sherman, Kansas City 170,608 OLB AFC T.J. Watt, Pittsburgh 314,173
FB NFC Kyle Juszczyk, San Francisco 423,176 OLB NFC Khalil Mack, Chicago 378,895
WR AFC Antonio Brown, Pittsburgh 630,392 ILB AFC Jon Bostic, Pittsburgh 102,101
WR NFC Odell Beckham, Jr., NY Giants 527,768 ILB NFC Luke Kuechly, Carolina 261,715
TE AFC Travis Kelce, Kansas City 551,249 CB AFC Denzel Ward, Cleveland 268,092
TE NFC Zach Ertz, Philadelphia 495,442 CB NFC Kyle Fuller, Chicago 281,555
T AFC Alejandro Villanueva, Pittsburgh 223,489 SS AFC Jamal Adams, NY Jets 178,371
T NFC Terron Armstead, New Orleans 246,931 SS NFC Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Washington 135,256
G AFC David DeCastro, Pittsburgh 273,059 FS AFC Derwin James, LA Chargers 110,193
G NFC Zack Martin, Dallas 221,790 FS NFC Eddie Jackson, Chicago 150,525
C AFC Maurkice Pouncey, Pittsburgh 253,587 P AFC Britton Colquitt, Cleveland 127,866
C NFC Max Unger, New Orleans 243,549 P NFC Michael Dickson, Seattle 95,266
K AFC Justin Tucker, Baltimore 87,423 ST AFC Roosevelt Nix, Pittsburgh 108,445
K NFC Wil Lutz, New Orleans 124,151 ST NFC Mark Nzeocha, San Francisco 129,446
RS AFC Tyreek Hill, Kansas City 178,901
RS NFC Tarik Cohen, Chicago 146,204
*Totals reflect players currently on active rosters through Tuesday, December 4 at 3:00 PM ET

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowl Week festivities will take place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort and across the Orlando area, bringing free experiences and activities to fans as well as an extraordinary number of events focused on commemorating all levels of football – from youth to high school to the NFL’s best. Some of the Pro Bowl Week events include: Pro Bowl Practices, Pro Bowl Skills Showdown, NFL FLAG Championships Powered By USA Football and Play Football Celebrity Flag Game.

NFL playoff scenarios for Week 14; Saints, Chiefs, Pats, Chargers, Texans can clinch playoff spots

Another week in the NFL, another week where more teams can clinch playoff spots.

Here’s who can clinch playoff spots in Week 14 of the NFL:

NFC

CLINCHED: Los Angeles Rams – NFC West division title

LOS ANGELES RAMS (11-1) (at Chicago (8-4), Sunday night, 8:20 PM ET, NBC)

Los Angeles clinches a first round bye with:

1)    LAR win

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (10-2) (at Tampa Bay (5-7), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, FOX)

New Orleans clinches NFC South division title with:

1)    NO win or tie OR

2)    CAR loss or tie

New Orleans clinches a playoff berth with:

1)    MIN loss + PHI loss or tie + WAS loss or tie

AFC

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (10-2) (vs. Baltimore (7-5), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Kansas City clinches a playoff berth with:

1)    KC win or tie OR

2)    MIA loss or tie + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-3) (at Miami (6-6), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

New England clinches AFC East division title with:

1)    NE win or tie

HOUSTON TEXANS (9-3) (vs. Indianapolis (6-6), Sunday, 1:00 PM ET, CBS)

Houston clinches AFC South division title with:

1)    HOU win + TEN loss or tie OR

2)    HOU tie + TEN loss

LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (9-3) (vs. Cincinnati (5-7), Sunday, 4:05 PM ET, CBS)

Los Angeles clinches a playoff berth with:

1)    LAC win + MIA loss or tie + DEN loss or tie + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tieOR

2)    LAC tie + MIA loss + DEN loss + IND loss or tie + TEN loss or tie as long as both IND and TEN both don’t tie