The previous drive a missed facemask penalty on Goff denied the Rams a first-and-goal from the New Orleans two-yard line. They had to settle for a field goal instead of a touchdown that would have given them the lead. The call was less obvious to the naked eye, but it doesn’t make it less wrong. The Rams still got the job done.
Even after the Robey-Coleman hit the Saints got lucky and won the overtime toss. They had the opportunity to do what the Patriots were to achieve hours later – go down the pitch, score a touchdown, and never let the opposing offense back on the field. Instead, Dante Fowler crashed through the New Orleans offensive line, hit Drew Brees, and the future Hall of Famer threw a pick right into the arms of John Johnson.
Games may seem like they’re decided on one single moment, but they aren’t. They’re decided by hundreds of moments and decisions over 60 minutes of play. The Rams never led in this game – not until it was over. If the Saints had done their jobs better the call would have been irrelevant. Yes, they have a right to be angry at the referees, but deep down they should know the real blame lies at their own cleats.