01/21 16:27 CST Saints owner vows to pursue changes in NFL policies
Saints owner vows to pursue changes in NFL policies
METAIRIE, La. (AP) --- Saints owner Gayle Benson says she pledges to
aggressively pursue changes in NFL policies that will promote more "fairness
Benson says it's clear the Saints were "unfairly deprived" of a trip to the
Super Bowl by the inaction of game officials "charged with creating a fair and
equitable playing field."
The Saints owner is referring to officials' decision not to call a penalty on
Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman for his early and high hit on Saints
receiver Tommylee Lewis while quarterback Drew Brees' third-down pass was still
in the air.
A penalty would have given the Saints a first down inside the Rams 10-yard line
with about 1:45 left and allowed New Orleans to run out most of the remaining
time left before trying a go-ahead field goal.
Instead, about 1:41 remained when the Saints took their last lead, and the Rams
came back to win in overtime.
Benson has been the sole owner of the Saints since her husband, Tom, died last
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