Redoing last weekend's controversial NFC title game between the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints would mean a pricey delay of the upcoming Super Bowl, the NFL said Friday.,In a legal filing, NFL Chief Financial Officer Joseph Siclare said replaying even a few minutes of the NFC championship game because of a missed passed interference call would force a delay for an event that demands an investment of "more than $100 million," the New Orleans Advocate reported .,Siclare's sworn affidavit was submitted by the NFL to get one of two pending lawsuits over officiating moved from state civil court to New Orleans federal court.,The league cited a federal law that allows a defendant to automatically remove a state class-action lawsuit to federal court when the parties are from different states and the amount of the damages sought by the plaintiffs exceeds $5 million.,But the far bigger cost, Siclare suggested, would be if the Feb. 3 Super Bowl is delayed by a court in order to rewind the clock and replay all or a portion of the NFC title game— a result urged by the plaintiffs and much of "Who Dat Nation," which is also listed as a plaintiff.
For all the debate stirred by a blatant penalty that wasn't called in the closing minutes of the NFC championship game, the Rams thoroughly earned their 26-23 overtime victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.,And, finally, they came up with a huge interception in overtime to set up Greg Zuerlein's 57-yard field goal — the longest kick ever to win a playoff game.,It was the first home playoff loss for the Saints with Brees and coach Sean Payton, who had been 6-0 at the Superdome since their pairing began in 2006.,If the pass interference penalty had been called, the Saints could've run most of the time off the clock to set up a winning field goal from chip-shot range.,It was another bitter end for the Saints, who lost the previous season in the divisional round on the "Minnesota Miracle" — the Vikings' long touchdown pass on the final play of the game.
NEW ORLEANS — The Los Angeles Rams are coming back to New Orleans for a rematch in the NFC Championship game.,The Saints won a 14-20 nail-biter against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday and are just one game away from the Super Bowl.,RELATED: On to the NFC Championship!,What: New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams When: Sunday, Jan. 20 at 2:05 p.m. CST
Where: Mercedes-Benz Superdome Television: Fox Radio: WWL 870 and local affiliates
The New Orleans Saints made a huge splash, signing free agent Pro-Bowl wide receiver Dez Bryant to add to an already potent offense.,The Saints were the first team to knock the Rams off the perfect-record pedestal in Week 9 without Dez Bryant.,New Orleans might have a sexy, new signing but the Rams are still the team to beat in the NFC.,Los Angeles' defense may not have lived up to the preseason hype it had, but the team still has talented players like Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters -- and the front office added Dexter Fowler Jr. via trade.,Los Angeles might have hit a road bump on the road in New Orleans, but the Rams can, and will, beat the Saints, and every other team in the NFC, to get to the Super Bowl.