Nickell Robey-Coleman in middle of Super Bowl 53 controversy

February 4, 2019

And you thought Saints fans were mad before.

 

The first controversial call of Super Bowl LIII involved Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman. On second-and-14 for the Patriots from their own 20-yard line, Tom Brady threw a short pass to Rex Burkhead, who was immediately greeted by Robey-Coleman for what would have been a 3-yard loss.

 

Instead, Robey-Coleman was called for the 15-yard penalty. The refs, of course, called the wrong number, saying the flag was on Dante Fowler. Fans on Twitter strongly disagreed with the call.

 

Former referee and CBC analyst Gene Steratore said on the broadcast that Robey-Coleman did not give Burkhead time after the catch, and Burkhead was defenseless. The drive ended with a missed 46-yard field goal by Stephen Gostkowski.

 

Robey-Coleman was not called for a penalty in the NFC Championship game when he clearly interfered with Saints receiver Tommylee Lewis in the final minutes of the game. If called correctly, the Saints would have been able to run the clock down near the end of the game for a winning field goal. New Orleans did kick a field goal, but there was enough time for the Rams to tie the game and then win it in overtime.

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