For those who watched the New Orleans Saints lose at home to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, it is hard to argue that the referees did not miss a blatant pass interference penalty in the final two minutes of the game that effectively cost New Orleans victory.
Can someone please explain to me how this isn’t pass interference? Refs 23, Saints 23. pic.twitter.com/2lqZJZ64ye— Adam Herbets (@AdamHerbets) January 20, 2019
But if they are looking for sympathy from the Pittsburgh Steelers, a quick sample of social media in the aftermath of the game suggests there was little to be found among Steeler Nation.
Every single Steelers fan reaction to Saints not getting a PI call pic.twitter.com/Dd774RX3Al— Mark Kaboly (@MarkKaboly) January 20, 2019
A phantom Defensive Pass Interference call on Joe Haden vs. the Saints cost my Steelers a trip to the playoffs.— ''I'm not in Japan'' (@1kinyanjui) January 20, 2019
A Defensive Pass Interference non-call cost the Saints a trip to the Superbowl.
#saints fans complaining about a pass interference penalty.... #Steelers pic.twitter.com/kRyZ1mL0A7— J ey Bag f D nuts (@joeybagovdonuts) January 20, 2019
In light of two dubious pass interference penalties flagged against Joe Haden in Week 16 that both gifted New Orleans touchdowns, the first perhaps among the most outrageous ever called, it is somewhat understandable why so many Pittsburgh fans might be revelling in the Saints misery.
"Pass Interference" called on Joe Haden pic.twitter.com/UbxKFCzTpt— Heart of NFL (@HeartofNFL) December 24, 2018
Joe Haden called for PASS INTERFERENCE on 4th down refs BUGGIN or made the RIGHT call pic.twitter.com/NMNFmnVMiH— VERSACEBOYENT (@VersaceBoyEnt2) December 24, 2018
For all the righteous indignation coming out of New Orleans in response to the blown call in the NFC Championship, it appears most Saints fans and even some of their players are conveniently forgetting the botched pass interference calls that significantly contributed to them gaining home field advantage in the first place.
However, for those still able to have a modicum of empathy for the way the Saints season ultimately ended, defensive end Cameron Jordan put a stop to that with his post-game remarks when he had the audacity to suggest New Orleans had not benefited from a call by the referees all season.
Cam Jordan on the call that cost the Saints the Super Bowl pic.twitter.com/NZMxIe73ht— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) January 20, 2019
“We’ve known for a long time that we don’t get calls our way. There was a call in the Cowboys game that could have been said should have gone our way. There’s a call in this game. As far as I have known, we haven't had referees that are gung-ho for the Saints.”
Which begs the question if Jordan just has a terrible memory, or if he is being intentionally economical with the truth. Considering this is also the same man who went out of his way to denigrate Ben Roethlisberger’s career ahead his game against the Steelers in Week 16, it would not be a surprise if many in Pittsburgh felt a sense of karmic justice had been delivered on Sunday.