Thousands of Saints fans gather to protest Super Bowl LIII


New Orleans Saints wide receiver Tommylee Lewis (11) works for a catch against Los Angeles Rams defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman (23). (Gerald Herbert/AP)

It doesn’t look like New Orleans Saints fans are over their team’s heartbreaking defeat in the NFC Championship.

While football fans prepare for Super Bowl LIII between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams, thousands of Saints’ supporters gathered in downtown New Orleans to protest their team not being involved in Super Bowl Sunday festivities.

The protests come as a response to a missed pass interference call on Rams’ defensive back Nickell Robey-Coleman while covering Saints’ wide receiver Tommylee Lewis in the dying minutes of the fourth quarter. The no-call resulted in the Saints settling for a field goal rather than a game-clinching touchdown. Los Angeles ended up tying the game to force overtime, then went on to win thanks to a game-winning field goal from kicker Greg Zuerlein.

The NFL admitted shortly after the NFC Championship that officials made the wrong call, prompting Saints fans to file a lawsuit to try and get the closing minutes of the game replayed.

Saints’ fans are already irate, so it will be worth monitoring their collective reaction if the Rams go on to win the Super Bowl.

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