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Kevin Hagerman
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  • Rams at Saints
  • Patriots at Chiefs
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I'll take Saints and Chiefs.
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Saints and Chiefs.  Please no Patriots, please.

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Philippe Pinoli
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Rams-Patriots, with 175 points ! I trust
LA running game can protect Goff and
expect a flawless performance from NE OL
and a bit too much errant long throws from
'19 MVP !!!!
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Rematches of two great regular season games. 

Saints won in November but their offensive line is gimpy this time and LA is completely healthy plus Gurley and Aaron Donald are playing great. Rams in the road upset.

The Chiefs just destroyed the streaking Colts but I'm going with my gut and taking The Patriots in a road upset as well.  Philippe and I are two of the few making this pick it would seem.




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If it's not Saints/Chiefs in the Super Bowl, I'll be watching something else.
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Saints got a tough and costly break on that non-call on clear pass interference late, but Zuerlein's playoff record breaking 57-yard FG was money.  I hope we get an explanation for the non-call (a ref fell down and missed it?) because even though it was bang-bang, it seemed pretty obvious in real time as well.
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The Rams got away with blatant pass interference earlier in the game, too. I was actually stunned when the refs called it during halftime.

But someone should end up losing their job over that non-call. It cost the Saints the win. I'm thinking the league should tell the refs that they just officiated the game for free, and won't be working the next postseason. 

I was all set to be for whoever represented the NFC in the Super Bowl if the Patriots beat the Chiefs. But I cannot justify cheering for the Rams, knowing they got there undeservedly due to bad officiating. 

Heidi's son won a $10 bet with a friend over the game, but even he agrees the win was due to the officials. And a friend who was watching the game with us who is a lifelong Saints fan is steaming.
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I don't normally watch these, but I let myself get roped in to watching the second half of the Rams/Saints, and then most of the Chiefs/Patriots. I kept asking, are these normal games? So many calls, flags, time outs and just tricky calls needing multiple angle replays. Mind you the only American type football I ever have understood really was CFL, and it's different... and going by what I saw tonight... better. I didn't entirely understand things, but then I wonder, did anybody? :^D

Meh, I'll pretty much stick with hockey and the alternating World Cup and Euro Cup soccer every two years (the real football to non-N.Americans I guess). Because if I cared about NFL I can see my blood pressure would suffer! :^o

So, I guess if you said Saints/Chiefs... (insert big game show buzzer sound here)


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Oof.  No anticipatory excitement for the SB this year.
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Kevin Hagerman
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SB thread is ready.
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Saying the NFL overtime rules are controversial would imply that there's someone who likes them...
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The ref ,might have missed the call. Both team's DB were being very physical. The only difference btween this and any other botched call (like say the Edelman touching the ball on that punt. ) is replay. Like the Brady tuck rule from long ago. this will cause a rule change to make more things reviewable. PI is probably the biggest grey area in all of football. 

I thought it was Brees Overtime interception that cost them the game. 
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PI is probably the biggest grey area in all of football.
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Agree.  It is called wildly differently in every game, and sometimes the same line judges and refs who were very liberal one week are incredibly conservative the next.  It's been said that if you look hard enough you can find offensive line holding on most passing downs but watching the games last weekend, it seemed like most passing plays had a reasonable case for flaggable PI (usually against the DBs, occasionally against the receivers; almost everybody is grabbing / hitting each other way beyond 5 yards and long before the ball arrives.)   I'm kind of glad they tend to allow the NFL players to win or lose the game on the field versus through ticky tack penalties (just like NBA refs tend to swallow their whistles on shots in the last 30 seconds of a game) but there's just no consistency and each ref seems to have their own criteria.
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PI is a lot like TILT on a pinball machine.  It's not PI until it is.
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