NFL head referee didn’t see controversial no-call on Tommylee Lewis pass play

NFL head referee didn’t see controversial no-call on Tommylee Lewis pass play
NFL referee is clearly watching as Tommylee Lewis gets cleaned out by a Rams defender. (Source: Mark LaGrange)

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The league office admitted to Sean Payton after the game, refs blew the call on the Tommylee Lewis no-call after being crushed by Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman.

There’s a reason the refs missed it, because the main ref didn’t see it.

Here’s the transcript of Bill Vinovich, NFL head referee, being interviewed by a pool reporter after the controversial contest.

Amie Just: What was the reason that there was no penalty flag called on the Drew Brees pass to Tommylee Lewis?

Bill Vinovich: It was a judgment call by the covering official. I personally have not seen the play.

Amie Just: Did the timing in the game have any impact on the no-call there?

Bill Vinovich: Absolutely not.

Amie Just: In this situation, is the play subject to an instant replay review?

Bill Vinovich: It is not a reviewable play.

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