Nickell Robey-Coleman was at the center of controversy Sunday during the NFC Championship Game. As the New Orleans Saints were driving late in the fourth quarter to take the lead over the Los Angeles Rams, Robey-Coleman appeared to commit a clear pass interference penalty. It went uncalled.
Here’s video of the play:
As you can see, Robey-Coleman decked Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis well before the ball arrived. No flag was thrown. It was a key third down play that would have given the Saints a fresh set of downs inside the 10-yard-line and a chance to run the clock out before kicking a field goal to win it.
After the game, Robey-Coleman admitted that he got there early:
Robey-Coleman is basically saying he was expecting to get the pass inference call, but it would have been better than surrendering a touchdown.
The officials also told him the following:
Watching the replay it doesn’t appear the ball was actually tipped, which means it was a bad call all the way around.
At least Robey-Coleman is being upfront and honest about the situation. You can’t fault him for it.